We are now on day #19 of our Be Intentional Challenges! We hope it has been wonderful, productive and life-changing so far. We’ve given you a few day’s to work through your budget and to get your budget set for the Month, but also weekly and annually for many of the reasons we discussed in the previous challenge HERE.
And if you don’t know what we are talking about….. read on!
The 30 Be Intentional challenges this month are designed to get you on the right foot, the right track and give you energy, efficiency and organization which will propel you into a life that is able to develop an overall financially smart, happy and frugal home. We are going to have different themes each month this year (and we have very exciting stuff planned) and this month is your foundation!
We encourage couples and families to do these challenges together so the whole house can function well!
As the 30 days go along, we will be focusing on 5 areas for the Be Intentional Month:
Here’s the previous 15 challenges in case you missed them and want to get your life on the right track:
- Set and Be Strict About Bedtime
- Work Towards Waking Up At The Same Time Everyday
- Making Your Bed Everyday
- Get Dressed To Shoes Everyday
- Hydrate Yourself
- 5 Minute Stretching and Breathing Exercise
- Implement a 20 Minute Quick Clean with You and Your Family
- Menu Planning
- Dinner by 10
- Take Your Vitamins
- Have A Family Meeting To Review, Discuss and Figure Out How To Solve Obstacles Preventing You From Doing Challenges #1-#10. Plus read about the results of our family meeting and our solutions so far HERE.
- Develop a Nighttime Routine
- Write Out Daily Schedule
- Complete the Financial Summary Questionnaire
- Clean Off and Scrub the Bathroom Counters and Then Do A Daily Wipe Down
- Complete the Home Map for Complete Clean-out and Organization
- Find and Fix The Second Thing Sabotaging Your Day
- Create your weekly, monthly and annual budget (with free download)
Today’s challenge is to help in the area of frugality.
So…. Be Intentional Challenge #19:
Create Your Regular Shopping List with Price Comparisons
This might seem overwhelming at first, but I am going to tell you that you do not need to have it all filled out today. The challenge is to print it off and get it in your home binder and fill-it out as time goes on. I personally find that I could not do something like this just sitting down at one sitting. I forget and don’t realize just all of the foods we have on our normal “non-coupon” shopping list. These are items I pretty much buy when we are out regardless of whether there is a coupon and sale attached with it.
But this list is vitally important as then you can use this list to help you form future recipes, keep your pantry stocked, with a several month supply, keep inventory and most of all, track prices so that when your family’s “normal” item goes on sale somewhere, you can nab it for the lowest prices!
I find that this list is often built when I run out of a regular use item. Just keep it handy and then begin to fill-it out. It is designed to list a comparison price for up to three stores for each item. In addition, you can create the store abbreviation legend in the bottom section in case you forget or one of your family member’s uses the list one day!
Here’s some examples for the legend on my list: WM = Walmart, KR = Kroger, TG = Target, etc.
In the end, this is going to be a very useful tool, so just get it printed and started and handy to continue to work on! You will be thankful that you have it!
|<== Download your printable Shopping List and Prices Comparison Form HERE|
One final thing….. we also have a Facebook Group where you can engage in discussions, receive encouragement and talk to others that are participating in the challenges too for more ideas! Head to the Be Intentional with The Thrifty Couple Facebook Page HERE and ask to join us there! You can also invite friends and spouses too!