Grocery Challenge Week #4: Eating Healthy and Seeing Results

August 29, 2012 | Posted By: Shannen Bayless | Categorized in: Food & Dining Out
If youíve been following along the past 4 weeks, youíve read about my challenge to take control of my familyís grocery budget. My goal was to spend less than $100 a week, and not once have I succeeded in that! Last week my husband and I decided to change our diet plan around, which meant we spent more in grocery than I had planned. This week was no different.

Hereís How I Did This Week:


Since my husband and I have been on our new diets, Iíve learned a few things. Itís a lot easier to stay on track and not cheat when:

  • Youíre not hungry all the time
  • You have a lot of variety in foods to eat
  • You like what youíre eating
  • You have someone keeping you motivated

So after losing 4 pounds myself (and my husband losing 10), we decided to give this lifestyle change another shot this week. My husband and I were both fine with spending a little more on groceries if it meant we were going to keep losing weight and feel great.

Coupon Shopping and Sticking to the Plan:


While I was preparing my grocery list for the week, I saw that one of my favorite grocery stores was tripling coupons this week. So when I headed to the store, I was a little more confident that I could stay a little closer to my budget. While I did get 5 free pouches of tuna, cheap strawberries, cheap cottage cheese, and cheap Propel water, I still managed to spend just over $150 on groceries. I had plenty of coupons that I could have use to get more cheap or free products, but I kept to my list of items that I knew we would use this week. Even though, I may have been able to get cheap chips, soda, and cake mixes by using my coupons. I chose to pass on those items.

Thank goodness my parents and in laws gardens provided enough tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, and peppers. I still spent quite a bit of money on 1% milk, almond milk, bread, eggs, egg whites, corn tortillas, lettuce, avocados, and fruit.

Grocery Challenge Conclusions


Over the last four weeks, Iíve tried to keep my spending to be under $100, and not once did I succeed in that. However, Iíll always choose spending a little more on groceries to feed my family healthier foods that they love. I guess setting my budget at $150 a week would probably have been more reasonable.

I also should have factored in the fact that I have to buy groceries for my full time in-home daycare that I operate. It really doesnít cost a lot to feed the infants and toddlers I care for on a daily basis, but gallons of milk and snacks can add up especially if I havenít stayed on track with building my stockpile of daycare supplies.

So what ideas do you have that could help me stay within a better budget? Maybe Iíve missed something, and you have some good ideas to help me save even more money on groceries.
Share this:
Comments
No comments
Post A Comment
Log in using Facebook


TRUSTe online privacy certification

While FatWallet makes every effort to post correct information, offers are subject to change without notice.
Some exclusions may apply based upon merchant policies.
© 1999-2014