First, a little intro. I love to read blogs about saving money and cooking. I've debated for a while about starting my own blog but was scared. Yep, scared. At first I didn't know what I would write about. I like reading blogs about saving money and cooking but don't feel like I'm an expert in any specific area or that I have anything original to share. Then a few weeks ago as my husband and I were looking over our budget we decided to challenge ourselves. We have always been good at grocery shopping, couponing and getting great deals on our groceries. We took a hard look at our current budget and decided to try for $40 a week.
As a family of 3 (myself, my husband and our 3 year old) we felt $40 was doable (is that a real word?). I took inventory of our pantry and freezers and determined that we had a reasonable amount of meat, frozen veggies, rice, and pasta on hand to help us transition into our new budget. Don't get me wrong, I know that it is not realistic to think that we could only spend $40 a week for a year. I was on a quest to see how long I could stick to this budget and how much we could reduce our annual food budget to. So I am now a few weeks into this project and it finally hit me: THIS is what I should blog about. So here I am.
To sum it up, I spend $40 a week on groceries. Did I mention that I only use cash? Cash only is my rule. Why? If I use a debit or credit card I would be tempted to go over our budgeted weekly amount. If I have cash then I can't go over. My rule has been that if I say under $40, the remaining amount stays in our fund to be used toward another week. Sometimes, I even skip a week! That comes in handy when there is a big sale or we need to stock up. Like I mentioned before $40 a week isn't going to be feasible every week because when our stockpile gets low and there's an awesome sale (as in BOGO, super double or triple coupons) then I stock up. Overall I have found that ven those stockpiling trips tend to even things out.