I wrote early this month about reducing frivolous food shopping. This would be the supplement to grocery store shopping by way of on-the-go food purchases. I had noticed a trend of spending a ludicrous $86 at my workplace cafeteria and coffee shop in March, and a somewhat conscientious $59 in April. I challenged myself to reduce convenience food costs from $59 to $20 even if I have to spend a little more on groceries to shore up (up to $39 that is).
So I was looking for a minimum savings of zero, with spending at least shifted from careless last-minute purchases to premeditated grocery store picks. Ideally I was aiming for a $39 savings in frivolous food (hereafter known as frivfood) with no additional cost in the grocery category.
As it turns out, my grocery shopping (not too surprisingly) increased $20. This is mostly due to proactive bulk-shopping to prevent work food outages and subsequent cafeteria strolls. But I reduced my frivfood costs from $59 to $6!!! Just by being prepared and having no need to wander over to the retail food. So my $20 grocery uptick was offset by a pretty sweet $53 frivfood trim. Overall savings of $33, just under the goal, with food spending drastically shifted to the preferable grocery store type.
In addition to being cheaper per unit, grocery store food tends to be healthier. It also gives me the peace of mind of feeling organized and in control, instead of sloppy and scrambling for convenient bites with fewer options. I will definitely try to maintain this lean approach to bag lunch badassity.