When you hit the grocery store, does the number at the bottom of the receipt shock you? Do you feel like you need to reduce what you’re spending on food…but don’t know where to start?
Are you concerned:
- That you’ll sacrifice quality for price?
- That there’s nowhere left to cut?
- That you’ll end up spending all day in the kitchen?
What if it were possible cut the budget by 30 – 40%, while actually increasing the quality of the food your family is eating, without spending hours upon hours in the kitchen?
Address the Grocery Budget Problems
I know how you feel. I watched, last fall and winter, as my budget spiraled out of control, and we ended up spending over $1000 a month to feed a family of 6.
We weren’t eating out a lot. We weren’t shopping at high end stores. In fact, I was still shopping the usually discount-type stores and trying to stick to ingredients or inexpensive organic convenience foods (like boxed mac’n’cheese or veggie chips). There was nothing “wrong” with what I was doing…except the amount I was spending was crazy high.
My husband and I sat down and had a serious conversation. We needed to get the food budget down to $600 – $700 per month — maximum. The higher end was okay, temporarily, since we are planning for the arrival of a new baby in a couple of months, and we’re filling the freezer in preparation. That’s still 30 – 40% (or more, since I was really a little over $1000/month) that I had to cut from the food budget.
And I did it.
A month later, I was at or below the $700/month mark. And no, I didn’t do it by relying on processed foods or cutting corners on quality. In fact, I increased the quality of the food we were eating. I also don’t spend all day in the kitchen. Typically, an hour or two per day is all it takes (for all meals combined + cleaning time) — some days it’s less.
Let Me Teach You
This week, April 20 – 27, I’ll be teaching you how I did it. Each day, I’ll share a new post — 7 total — giving you the advice and information you need to really lower your grocery budget without sacrificing quality.
You will see:
- Why You Have to Own Your Food Budget
- 8 Pitfalls That Lead People to Overspend on Real Food
- 5 Tips for Budget-Friendly Snacks and Treats
- 25 Best Budget-Friendly Healthy Recipes
- Real Food in a Small Space: Storing Bulk Food
- The Ultimate Budget-Friendly Meal Plan
But these posts are only one small part of the full series of information. I hope it’s helpful!