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August 10, 2012 | Posted By: Shannen Bayless | Categorized in: Shopping, Food & Dining Out, Couponing
If you haven't read my recap of the Grocery Challenge Week 1, I've set a goal of feeding our family of four on $100 per week, while still buying our favorite foods.
After going through my receipts this week, Iím beginning to wonder if I should have set my budget at $150.00 per week. Once again, my total grocery bill was pretty close to $150.00. It certainly doesnít take long to spend a lot of groceries even when youíre watching every dollar you spend.
What Makes Our Grocery Budget Goal Challenging:This week I felt like we didnít know if we were coming or going. I was running momís taxi from Bible School, to football practice, to football camp each day, plus I was trying to squeeze in as much summer fun as I could since our summer is quickly coming to an end.
Once again this week I didnít do any coupon shopping out of town. I know I probably ended up paying a little more for things at my local supermarket than I would have if I were seriously coupon shopping out of town. I was able to price match a few things at Wal-Mart, but I still way overspent. There just wasnít a lot of extra time in our schedule to spend time driving out of town.
My Plan to Save Next Week's Grocery Budget:This week when I have a little more time, I really need to go through my freezer and my stockpile and try to make as many meals that I can out of what we already have at home. Hopefully then, Iím really only buying our fresh items like bread, milk, lettuce, and fruit to get us through the week.
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