Back in January I introduced the 2014 Grocery Budget Challenge. I really wanted to reduce our grocery spending for my family of 4 from the average of $634 a month in 2013 to a budget of $450 a month in 2014.
It was a bold goal to reduce our spending by so much and I knew I would have to be very diligent with my meal planning. So I started the challenge to be more accountable and to be creative with our meals and grocery shopping so that we do not over-spend.
While we needed to stay on budget, I also didn’t want to make my family miserable with bland meals, boring snacks, and not enough food in the house. There is nothing worse than a family revolting in the kitchen.
Through out the year, my grocery spending ranged from $425 – 500 a month. I didn’t hit my goal of $450 every month, but there was a month or two where I was super diligent and spent even less, like in March, when I only spent $425.
As of today, I find myself spending an average of $500 a month, which is still quite a bit less than my last year’s average, so I do consider that to be a win.
The challenge did hold me accountable to my budget, because I didn’t want to report back here that I failed–LOL.
This challenge also caused me to think of meal planning differently. I tried new strategies, like freezer cooking and I used my crock pot more than ever before.
While I will no longer be writing a monthly Grocery Budget Challenge, I will continue to budget and plan our grocery spending. I figured I saved at least $1500 (and probably more) this year just by being very diligent each week with meal planning.
And that is money in the bank.
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