It seems like every time I go grocery shopping I spend at least $75 per trip. Even using coupons!!! Sometimes I feel like I haven't even really bought much of anything to have spent that kind of money! I will say that now, that my kids are starting back to school it will be much easier to stick to a certain budget when I can shop ALONE!! If you have little ones you know what I mean, when they pick a special snack or food item that they think they just cannot live without! LOL
So I have decided to take part in a Grocery Challenge. Maybe this will only last a week or two but I'm ready to give it a try. I have read on many money saving sites that there are a lot of households attempting this challenge and I am super motivated to find a smaller food budget that will work for my family of four. I will post my shopping trips on here and let you know how I do, if I go over or under budget, how many coupons I've used or left out and where I have purchased my items.
This is going to include a lot of planning on my part for sure, and discipline!! Sometimes your favorite picks are not always on sale! Also I will have to make an effort to distinguish what it is that we absolutely need now. For example a gallon of milk versus say a box of cookies when we already have other snacks at home to choose from.
I will also have to plan meals more efficiently and choose recipes that do not include several ingredients. Hopefully this will get easier as I go! Will you be attempting to Challenge your grocery budget?
Here are some ways I plan on making it easier to stick to a tight budget:
1. Shopping at Aldi and Save A Lot
2. Sticking to store brand when they are available
3. Using coupons
4. Paying extra attention to store ads and double coupons at Martins
5. Taking my $50 (in cash) with me so that I do not go over budget!