A few months ago we got ALLL our debt paid off except for the house— hooray!!! But that increased ease in the budget left me a bit too relaxed, and I’ve gotten way too lax with our grocery budget. Basically we’ve been eating the spare money that I was so much looking forward to having. Arg.
My hubby says, no problem, we’ve gotta eat. But I’d love to use that cash for house fix-ups or Christmas or other fun things. I know I can be more careful while still feeding our family well. For August I’m back to spending only cash at the grocery store, a little trick that makes me think way harder about what I’m spending.
I’m starting with $300, and I’m going to see how long it can last. We typically spend around $800 a month to feed 8 people. In the past few months that’s ballooned up to over $1000 a month. I think I can pretty easily make the $300 last two weeks, which if done twice would be $600 spent for the month of August– a nice bit of savings. But it’d be cool if I could make it stretch even further.
My first assignment: a careful look through the cupboards, a menu based on the food we already have, and a precise shopping list detailing what I’ll need to buy to fill out what we’ve got.
I’ll keep you posted! And by all means, if you’re up for a grocery challenge this month, let me know in comments, then tell how your month goes either in comments or on your own blog. I’ll update you once a week and tell you how it’s going here.Pin It