I’m on a mission this year: spend $80 or less per week on groceries for my family of four! After reconciling all our expenses for 2009, all the while remembering the splurges during a special family celebration and replenishing of food storage, I realized I could and would do better in 2010. With the skills I’ve obtained, and the deals on some web sites I’ve discovered, “I hereby pledge to lower my food budget this year!”
This week I did not grocery shop. DH got two gallons of milk (1.79 each at Aldi = 3.58).
This puts me at $540.83 UNDER budget for the year! That’s about $10.60 average per week under budget.
I did not need to shop. I did not have time to shop. I did not have the energy to deal with traffic to get me to shop. No shopping.
Next week, I will shop, but after the necessaries for New Year’s, I will be only deal-scrounging. End of the month clearances, in particular, will find homes in my freezer and pantry.
I’m currently evaluating this budget, and thinking of lowering it for next year. We don’t know what grocery prices will do next year. My travel patterns will certainly change in May, taking me away from my regular stores on a regular basis. I will need to hone new skills, to set new habits, to *gasp* change things. Eh, okay. It’ll be a big year for change, anyway.
Next week I’ll post the final entry for this series. I’d love to know how you did with your grocery budget for the year. Did you keep within your goals? Did you have to look up “budget” in the dictionary? Did you totally give up (I hope not!)? Did you totally save big bucks? Let us know. It’s by sharing that we help each other.