February has arrived. We all consider New Years as a NEW START but a new start can begin weekly, daily, monthly. February is my restart on staying within the grocery budget. I don’t often struggle with staying within our budget as I don’t enjoy spending money when I don’t make any but I am finding that I am always challenged by the grocery budget.
My extremely supportive and patient husband and I sat down for our monthly review of the budget for the month of January. We decided it was time to increase our grocery budget. I have been trying to get my grocery spending down for several months but the reality is; groceries are expensive. Actually, healthy groceries are expensive and with children, I feel it has to be done. I noted a few of my grocery spending decisions that I can modify to help stay on track:
- I have been buying ground sirloin rather than just regular ground beef. I noted today, this could be a savings of $1.00 to $2.00 per kilogram. Hmmm, a relatively easy fix for me.
- Stocking up on products because they are on sale is a great idea but if I stock up on a product too much, it is taking money out of our grocery budget now rather than later. I need to decide if it is worth it now to be out the money on the product I am stocking up on. This will be a continuous conscious decision. If I was a good coupon stacker, I could be stocking up but I haven’t perfected the skill yet!
- More egg based meals will help me to save money on protein and will add more variety to our dinners.
- More soups and stews will mean more leftovers. I hope it this helps. I do enjoy crock pot cooking.
- I’ve decided to break my grocery budget into a weekly breakdown rather than a monthly, it is easier to consciously maintain a weekly number for a short period.
A few changes may help with my grocery budget issues. If I can get this to work, it will be a true feeling of accomplishment!
How do you save money on groceries?