Grocery Budget Killers and Ways to Avoid Them Part IV

Part IV – Luxury Items

Let’s face it, we all have our vices. The things we simply can’t live without. Maybe it’s snacks or wine or coffee. In fact when you read this you may think that those things aren’t luxuries! I know I gotta have coffee! So how can we have our cake and eat it??

Coffee
I love a good cuppa java and a while ago realized that we wouldn’t compromise on that and buy Folgers. Still we’re not at the point where we can afford to buy a cup from Starbucks every day so we bought a French press. hands down if you’re making coffee at home these make barista-quality cups. Ours was a steal at $12.99 from IKEA but you can also buy them for cheap at Marshall’s and TJ Maxx.

We’ve been drinking 8 O’Clock coffee for a while now and collecting the points that give us money back. However, last week I decided to try an experiment. When I looked at our weekly budget of $50 I realised that nearly $10 of that was for coffee! When it was just Hubs drinking it is was different but now I need a cup or two a day we’re really going through a lot.
So, I went to the store and bought a can of a store brand and brought it home. I filled up the usual coffee canister with it and hid the can. A few days later and still no complaints so I thought I’d subtely ask. “How’s the coffee, babe?” I pried. “Well, it’s weaker than normal but not bad. What is it?”
I know it seems ridiculous to be playing these games but I have a good reason: I think that sometimes we can’t really tell the difference but we think we can. Maybe it’s just me but I honestly couldn’t tell the difference and I knew what I was doing. The difference is price was huge though and stood to save us $5 a week so Hubs conceded and I’m gonna go back to the store and just buy a stronger flavour that may cost me a little more but overall we feel that when yuo make it in a French press, make it strong, and add half and half you can’t tell the difference except in your budget.

Alcohol

This is a huge budget killer and if you’re thinking I’ve got tricks as to how to get free beer, I don’t! But, this I do know: Wine connisseurs are now touting the $8 bottle of plonk around and raving about how good some of them are. There honestly are decent bottles around for $10 or under and for a REALLY great buy, you can’t beat Trader Joe’s 2 buck chuck. Lovingly nicknamed “Two Buck Chuck” by a member of the wine press, these California wines by Charles Shaw ranging from $1.99 – $3.49 per bottle, have become something of a phenomenon in the wine world, I know people that go there and buy 6 or 7 bottles to stock up.

Lastly, if you’re on a budget and need to do some cutting back, realize you can’t have it all! Pick one thing that you love and buy that. You’ll feel better knowing you’re on budget but that you can’t do it all right now

For the other 4 tips check this out:

Part I
Part II
Part III
Part IV
Part V

Comments

  1. Im curious what does the french press do and how does it work? I have to have my coffee and my mom just bought me a frappe make for Christmas (a luxury for sure but no complaints here).I have been so busy I actually have not even had a chance to use it yet :-(. I make my everyday coffee in a coffee maker and was always curious as to how a french press works. Thanks Mindy

  2. Two-buck Chuck fluctuates in quality, since they buy up grapes from vineyards who have extra. Right now the Shiraz is great! I have a case laid in.

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