For reasons that I would like to keep just in our family for now, we are trying to save some extra money this summer. I will be working more next year, with Girls TALK programs at both Willow Oak Montessori, Glenwood Elementary, and possibly more expansions to Kansas and South Carolina! I am super excited that Girls TALK is growing, but it will take time.
A while ago when Rahul and I were on a budget (think residency and graduate school with a young baby), I used to listen to a radio show by Clark Howard. He talked about ways to be “Clark smart.” Little changes you could make in your life to save money. As I looked over our last credit card statement, I realized we were spending a lot of money at the grocery store. Now, full disclaimer is warranted. I go to the Harris Teeter daily because of Starbucks. It just became my daily routine….get coffee and something to fix for dinner.
Speaking of Starbucks, Samantha and I made a new discovery….the “secret drink menu.” Yes folks, there is a secret menu of drinks. Click here for a sample. I tried the Zen Refresher (half green coffee bean, half green tea) and LOVED it. It might be my new drink! Samantha, shockingly, tried the Birthday Cake Frappuccino 🙂
Ok, back on topic….when thinking about how to be “Clark smart” the first area I thought of was our grocery shopping. So, I decided to do a one month challenge. What groceries can we buy from Wal-Mart cheaper than Harris Teeter? I will report back on July 21st.
Some interesting finds on my first trip:
- Renu eye wash is $5.61 more at Harris Teeter.
- Pet food – we could save $24/mo with all of our pets.
- Aidan’s Ensure is $2.02 more.
Want to know which items were more expensive at Wal-Mart?
- Odawalla bars
- paper plates
- dish detergent
- my shampoo and conditioner
Wish me luck with my summer challenge!