We're starting our cash adventure today. We've switched to using cash for groceries and consumables. We gave ourselves a $200/month budget to start out with. After June we may tweak it either up or down depending on how it went this month.
Today we had a few non-food items that we needed, so we stopped by CVS. We got 2 Pantene shampoos, Pantene intensive conditioner, 4 Dawn dish soaps, floss, 4 Oral-B toothbrushes, mouthwash, bandaids, napkins, Scott toilet paper, Hefty garbage bags, and a bag of peanut M&Ms. We spent $5.56 out of pocket and got $23.49 in Extra Care Bucks back to use next time we shop at CVS.
Now we won't use all 4 Dawns or toothbrushes tomorrow, but we will use them in the next few months. That means that we will have more money that can go towards food. Also, even if we got all of this stuff at the dollar store or as generics at Wal-Mart, we still would have paid more that we did today at CVS.
We were happy with our CVS shopping trip. Now, if only we could find a #2 plastic water bottle. You wouldn't think that would be too difficult, but apparently it is!