Challenge #1 Limit grocery trips to 2/month
In my previous post I mentioned limiting grocery trips to 2/month. As of now I have already made 4 trips… Oops. I plan on making another trip before the 13th so that will bring the number of trips up to 5 which is 150% higher than I anticipated.
Original plan was to go shopping once on the 13th and once on the 27th or 28th of February.
Challenge #2 Each trip should cost no more than $150 and it should last at least 2 weeks.
I have made 4 trips, they should add up to $150.
- Trip #1 Walmart (Feb 13th) $150 – $54.79 = $95.21 left
Total= Groceries (54.79) + Other (25.21) =81.85
I am posting my receipt here. Note that the underlined items are not groceries.
- Trip #2 Dollar Tree, Aldi (Feb 15) $95.21-($2+$37.92)=$55.29 left
- Trip #3 Kroger, Costco (Feb 17) $55.29-($14.15+$10.89)=$30.25
- Trips #4 Meijer, Kroger (Feb 18) $30.25-($3.36+$70.88)=-$43.99
We went out to eat once and it cost us additional $48.
Grocery Budget: -$43.99-$48=-$91.99
It is clear that without a grocery list and a meal plan I can not achieve my goal of cutting my food budget to $300/month. Two weeks into the challenge I have spent $241.99 out of the $150 I was planning on spending. That is 62% over budget. I have $58.01 left until March 13th. Can I do it?
My grocery budget was getting out of control and I knew I needed to change something. Every trip to a grocery store gave me an anxiety and I had no idea where was my money going. The totals at the cash register were always a surprise and I was throwing out a lot of food that went bad.
Where is my money?
I have always paid for my groceries with a debit card so when I went through my statements for the past 5 months I have realized I was spending over $700 a month for food and eating out for myself and my husband. I have decided to cut that in half effective immediately. My current budget is $300/month for the two of us (or $150/month each).
I need to regain control
The second I established the budget I felt relived. I now feel in control of my money. I plan my grocery trips around grocery ads and I base my meals on what is available on sale. I shop at Costco, Aldi, Walmart, Meijer and Kroger.
We do not eat pork and avoid eating out. The grocery budget includes eating out but it does not include cleaning supplies or cosmetics although I would like those items to be inclusive in our budget. I have started the challenge on the 13th of February 2016. That means that the $300 I allocated for my grocery should last until March 13th. I would like to limit my grocery trips to 2/month.
I would love to hear from you about your food budget especially if you are from Ohio. Stay tuned for more 🙂