When I first started blogging back in 2008 I wrote this:
After reading Gayle's website GroceryCartChallenge where she spends $60 CASH every week to feed a family of six, I was inspired to try this for our own family of four. I started out with $75 per week and was absolutely sure I wouldn't be able to pull it off. I was completely amazed at how little I could spend! I found that I could go as low as $40 per week. I MADE myself go to two stores every Wednesday and spend $40 for food we needed that week and $20 stocking up on items needed for my pantry that were on sale.Today August 31, 2011 we eat much differently and I shop much differently. Grocery shopping is not going as smoothly as it once did. I started buying in bulk again. I started wasting food again. I got into bad habits again ie. going to the store whenever I wanted to, eating whatever I wanted instead of what was on sale, etc.
So I'm starting over again. For the next four months I'm going to be journaling my journey.
I'm going back to the basics!
- Every Monday I'm making my plan using the only menu planner I have found that works for me (please let me know if that link doesn't work).
- On one piece of paper I will list the following
- all the stores that I plan to shop at that week
- the items that I'm going to buy along with the price
- the total amount I plan to spend at each store (cannot exceed budget amount).
Great question. I've posted before about comparing grocery budgets. If you look at my grocery details you can get an idea as far as my budget and grocery goals. I'm sure that yours will be different than mine.
For now, I'm setting my grocery budget to $90 per week ($390 per month). I have a well stocked pantry (fridge, freezer, cupboards) and we're going to start using our tax refund money to buy a 1/4 of a cow so I don't have to worry about that anymore. Time will tell if I need to adjust that amount.
What kind of food will we be eating?
Mostly primal foods, including a lot of vegetables, good fats, eggs and meat along with some fruit, rice, dairy, and nuts. Very limited amounts of honey and corn (since it is corn on the cob season here!)
Grocery shopping this week:
I spent $50 at Walmart; $13 stocking up on Jasmine rice. Meant to buy Basmati rice instead. I'm stocking up on things that absolutely don't make sense! I'm looking forward to the next month.
Any questions/comments/concerns, I'd love to hear them!
This post has been linked to:
Grocery Cart Challenge
Money Saving Mom
11th Heaven Homemaking Haven
Life as Mom