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, I’m 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 doesn’t take long to spend a lot of groceries even when you’re watching every dollar you spend.
What Makes Our Grocery Budget Goal Challenging:
This week I felt like we didn’t know if we were coming or going. I was running mom’s 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 didn’t 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 wasn’t 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, I’m really only buying our fresh items like bread, milk, lettuce, and fruit to get us through the week.