I used to always keep a very strict $50 Weekly Grocery Budget.
I had a pretty nice stockpile and we managed to eat almost exclusively from it for months after we bought our new home.
A little bit of history:
We bought a home that was pretty much close to uninhabitable as it could get. The plumbing didn’t work, the floors were missing, and the heating system wasn’t working. We knew when we chose it that it was going to be a HUGE project. We also knew that when it was finished we would live in a home that far surpassed our wildest dreams for less than what we were previously paying in our other house.
What we really didn’t take into account was how much this project was going to affect our schedules.
It started slowly, when I was no longer finding the time to menu plan. It was a slow spiral downward from there. I still thought I had everything under control, because like I said above we had a pretty healthy stockpile.
It wasn’t long after that I stopped planning trips to the grocery store.
This led to more and more overspending at restaurants.
I would feel guilty and make the decision to longer eat out by making a quick trip to the store just to pick up a few things. I was still trying to be as frugal in my spontaneous trips in. But as you are probably well aware, more things find there way into your basket than you intended when you don’t take a few minutes to prepare a plan.
So a few weeks ago I decided things were finally winding down a little in our lives and I need to get this train back on track!
After several weeks spending about $80, I have thrilled to finally have a $50 Grocery Bill this week!
I should add that I already have a ton of produce leftover that I bought last week. I also have lunch meat, cheese, eggs, bread, and a few other things in my pantry. I have one more Broccoli Chicken Cheddar Casserole left from my freezer cooking, some turkey in the freezer from last week, and a package of venison that a friend gave us that will be perfect for chili!
I used lots of coupons, bottle refunds, and received a $4 Catalina to use towards next weeks order!
I am signing myself up for the $50 Grocery Budget Challenge again!
Each week I will use all of the resources available to me to keep my weekly budget at $50. I am making it a challenge, and telling all of you about it because it is really the only way I will follow through.
You are my accountability partners in this thing!
If you want to take the challenge with me, I would love some company. I will share a photo each week of what I was able to buy as well as share my grocery shopping plan, which will include all of the drugstores, Meijer, Kroger, Walmart, Target, and more!
Feel free to read more about how I do this here:
- Frugal Grocery Shopping 101
- Menu Planning Is a Necessary Part of Couponing
- How to Begin Menu Planning
- Practical Tips for a Successful Grocery Run
- The Difference Between Stockpiling and Hoarding
- Extreme Couponing Integrity
Stay tuned for more information on how you can participate in the Saving Dollars and Sense $50 Grocery Challenge with me! Stay tuned for an update on Monday.