When I first began I really took stock of what matters to me.
I feel like I’ve done a relatively good job on all of these with the exception of being good to my environment. After a few months I stopped seeking out free range eggs, humanely sourced meats or local produce. Then I got an e-mail.
University students in our community have an urban micro farm on their campus. During the summer,, community members can purchase a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) membership. For $130 I can get 1/4 bushel of fresh, homegrown produce for 10 weeks.It’s a great deal at $13/week and best of all it’s a five minute walk from my work so there’s no time juggling needed to secure my goodies before the garden closes.
Teeny issue. It’s an immediate sign up and I hadn’t budgeted for it in May. At $130 it’s more than half my monthly grocery budget. Desperately wanting to make some headway on my environmental goals I signed up anyway. Now current me has to figure out how to make it work.
My solution came as I looked at my multiple savings lines. As the membership doesn’t start until July I will use my Life Happens account for this and start paying it back in July when I get the food.
I’ve increased my Life Happens payments in July, August and September and made a note to decrease my grocery spending in those months.
What tips to do you have to make use of great deals that don’t quite fit into your current budget?