1. Creative Meal Planning. I've found out that I am able to come up with more creative meals when I can't just up and run to the store. This is important to me because I believe many of my readers are trying to make the best of their financial situations, and that often means using what is already in the kitchen. I hope to come up with some fun/easy/nutritional ideas in the next couple of weeks that will help us all with our Weekly Menus.
2. How Low Can I Go? Simply put, I want to see how low I can really go with my grocery budget. When I started this blog (December '09), I was spending about $400/month on groceries. I've been able to slash that in half pretty easily the minute I started using coupons. Now, I want to see how much lower I can go while still providing produce, milk, and veggies for Big Steve, Little Steve, and myself.
3. Learning to Turn Down Deals. I have definitely fallen victim to GDS lately - Great Deal Syndrome. When I see something that is such an awesome deal, I have trouble saying no - even when I have plenty of food in my house. When Super Doubles rolls around at HT, I give myself about $50-$100 extra to spend because I know I can score some super deals, but that's sort of defeating the purpose of using coupons in the first place. Big Steve reminded me that there will always be a good deal - which is so true! This week at HT, there are some Kick-Awesome deals that I won't be taking advantage of, but the deal will always come back (in about 6-8 weeks).
4. I Need a Break! As good a reason as any - I need a break from scoping out the deals. I spend about 2 hours/week doing everything from clipping and organizing coupons to finding the best deals at the grocery stores and I want to use that time the next couple of weeks to put something more into my family and myself. 2 hours is pretty minimal compared to what some other couponers do, but it's still time that could be focused elsewhere for a little bit. No shame in that!
I read an article at Amy's Finer Things that really sums up my decision to give up the grocery for a couple of weeks; we must remember that it's not always how much money you save, it's how much you spend.
The bottom line - I want to continue learning how I can spend less so my family can have more.