Sunday, April 5, 2009
Marsh & I sat down to re-evaluate our budget. It seems like we have to do it often because after a month or two, we start bending it. Does this sound familiar to anyone else? Anyways, I've been doing The Grocery Game for a little over 2 months to try to build some food storage and save on our groceries. I've been saving about 60-70% on our groceries, and have noticed I've been able to get soooo much more for our money, and have stockpiled our linen closet and a lot of different foods. My family and anyone that knows me well, knows that I thrive on an awesome deal, it's a game for me and I love it. I've seen this challenge around and thought I would try it for the month of April. Basically you try to feed each person in your family for $10 a week. This would be a big cut for us. I grocery shop once a week and we budget around $70 a week, so about $280 a month for groceries. If I do the challenge this month, that would mean $160 for the month. I can't believe it would save us $120! And the catch is - you can't just eat Ramen and Macaroni and Cheese all month. You have to do balanced meals. We are guilty also of liking to eat out. So another rule: We can only eat out one meal a week, and of course we have an allotted budget for that as well. Some may think it's different since our boys are little, but you'd be surprised how much they can eat. Granted, it's not the same as my 12 year old nephew who can pack away the food, but they eat a considerable amount considering how little they both are. I'll check in once a week to let you know how we do. Is anyone else up for a challenge?