I wasn’t going to make a post today, but then I was over at The Peaceful Mom and inspired that this woman feeds her family of 6 for $100 a week! I figure if she can feed that many people for $100, how come I’m not able to keep our budget to $300-$350 a month for just 3 of us? The month of May I spent over $600 in food groceries! Now, part of that is because of Gracia’s birthday party, but still that was probably only about $100 of food, which means I was still spending $500! And I should mention that our eating out total was $25 LESS than my goal! So that’s good! Anyways…I decided to do a grocery challenge for this month to help me really focus on our grocery budget, which is actually kinda funny because last year I did a grocery challenge in June.
If you read my blog much you know I menu plan, shop generic brand, cook with beans, ect… But even with all of that I still spend more than I feel I should on groceries, so I’m going to focus on what I think my areas of weakness are:
- Food Waste – Food in the trash is cash in the trash, so I want to have very little wasted food.
- Knowing where I’m at in my budget – I usually update our budget a couple of times a month, so sometimes I go to the store not really knowing how much I have left in my grocery budget. I think if I keep up with this more (which I plan on doing, so I can share it with you), I can better know what to buy at the store and what to do without.
- Eat from the freezer and pantry – This isn’t really a weakness of mine, I just want to start eating up some of our foods, since we’ll be moving in a couple of months and it will help me to keep the food costs down.
There’s my plan, along with my usual saving strategies, now time to see if I can keep our food groceries under $350 (or better yet $300)!! Anyone want to join me in this one month challenge? You, of course, don’t have to have the same goal as me, just whatever amount you feel is good for you!
UPDATE: I forgot to mention, this amount does not include eating out or non-food groceries.