I did it! I stuck to my grocery budget goal in the month of May! By sticking to the budget I set, I saved close to $500 compared to what I spent in March. What would you do with an extra $500 per month??
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To give you a little background, I have been spending so much money on groceries and I really wanted to change this. This is embarrassing to admit but here are my totals so far this year:
Since the beginning of the year I’ve already spent an average of $794.97 on groceries per month (through April) for our family of 2 adults and 1 toddler. I know, it’s outrageous! This average would be much higher had I spent in my normal price range in April. April we were out of town for 5 days, we ate out an additional 3 days, and I did start using a new meal plan at the end of April as well, so all of that contributed to a super low grocery bill that is only likely to happen again when we are out of town! Ha! Last year my average was $860.57 but only because there were 2 months we were out of town for a week in each. So when I have a normal spending month, I’m spending more like $800-$1,000. Yikes!
The Grocery Budget Bootcamp has really taught me a lot so far. Before starting, I knew I was spending too much but until I actually sat down with ALL of my receipts, I really didn’t know how much. I was shocked! Now I’m keeping all my receipts, price book, & my workbook all in one place so I can stay better organized. It helped me set food priorities for my family, and then figure out a reasonable budget for groceries, factoring in our selected food preferences, and helped me figure out what in the heck I was buying for all that money I was spending!
After the lessons I’ve completed so far, my new grocery budget goal for our family is $600 per month beginning May. I was able to stick to that goal, and I actually spent a little less ($573.37). Woohoo!! This amount may have to be adjusted, but it worked for May!
How did I do it you ask? First, I just payed more attention to my meal planning and tried to use more budget friendly meals. I did a combination of my favorite staple recipes, and used my trusty Busy Family Menu Planning Cookbook and my new Frugal Real Food Meal Plans. I decided I would get back on track for making my own yogurt, bread products, bone broth, & dry beans and really try not to buy these items. I shopped mostly at Fry’s (ours has Organic products), & a little at the 99 Cent store. I spent some at Whole Foods, getting only what I could not get quality or otherwise anywhere else. I also just planned some of the meals out of items already in my freezer and pantry. It’s amazing how much you can save when you keep track of what’s in there!
Some of our meals for May included:
Loaded Quesadillas & Spanish Rice
Curried Lentils w/Crackers and Watermelon
Quick Pasta & Chickpeas w/Salad
Chocolate Dutch Baby w/Strawberries & Whipped Cream & Sausage
Meat, Bean & Cheese Burritos w/Pineapple
Beef & Broccoli w/Rice
Taco Pasta & Salad
BBQ Bacon Cheeseburgers
Peanut Chicken Wraps & Coconut Rice
Homemade Vanilla Greek Yogurt Parfaits w/Chocolate Granola & Blueberries
Asian Beef Tacos, Coconut Rice & Carrots
Homemade Ranch Chicken Nuggets, Zucchini Fries, Salad
Meatloaf Muffins, Potatoes, Peas & Carrots
Angel Hair Pasta w/Pesto & Salad
With all the savings in May, it paid for the Grocery Budget Bootcamp (affiliate Platinum price), the Real Frugal Meal Plans (with GBB discount), a Costco Annual Executive Membership & Amazon Prime, AND I still saved $121.63 over what I spent in March! So if the cost of the program is a little scary for you, you will easily make that back in your first month, if you put into practice what you are learning.
I’m really ecstatic I was able to save so much in May, stick to my new grocery budget goal and still eat good. My husband was happy with the food and super happy I saved him SO much money!! I’m hoping to learn a lot more in the program so I can keep saving our family money. I’ll just be getting into Lesson 5 next time I get a chance to work on it.
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*Grocery Budget Bootcamp works with any diet because it teaches you principles and where/how to shop for your family’s specific dietary needs.
If you would like to start saving money on groceries, I would love to have you join the Grocery Budget Bootcamp and work through this program with me! It’s a work at your own pace program, so you can join in anytime and do it when it fits your schedule. I will be here for you every step of the way! Are you in?
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