Well yes, it’s taken us 7 months across moving to get real with our budget again. We pretty budget strictly in all areas of life because it actually takes away a lot of our stress! But each year I take a month to break down how we make our grocery budget work because we work with an (on average in the US) smaller budget for our family size and age.
I wrote a little guide on 11 ways to spend less on good food which you can find HERE for $2.99USD and it details out the 11 keys for us, but there’s also a lot of free information here on the blog!
Each week for the next month I’ll post here exactly what we bought through the week, what we spent, and what we made with the food so you can see and hopefully get some ideas and keys to making it work. I’ll also save it all with any food prep/what-we-ate stories on Instagram HERE so that you can see it across the week.
WEEK 1: Below
Starting with what we bought for the week initially (minus the bits picked up along the way. If you click on the picture it will take you to the post with a little chat about costs of food US vs UK or wherever you are.
And then what we added through the week cos there are always bits after the initial shop!
And then the meals we made with it all including pizza with veg box veggies, and “sheet tray” veggie soup and bread. We usually eat out two meals a month, and do a family coffee and cake date once a week but other than that everything is eaten at home. Eating out has a separate budget.
And for all of that, what we spent. Having assessed our whole budget in our new home, our food budget needs to come in at £450 a month. So I plan for £100 each week and then the £50 is a buffer for extras, going over, bulk buying ahead, saving in case for next month etc.
It takes work to hit that number and the two top keys are:
- EAT WHAT YOU BUY.
If you can do just those alone you’ll probably spend less on your food bill!