Budget 2011 Goals & Challenge
Before I starting couponing our family could easily spend $250 a week at the grocery and drug stores. We bought frivolously. If you don’t have to budget why would you, right? I heard about these coupon blogs and thought I’d check them out. After my first trip the the store I walked out with a basket full of groceries and $5.67 in overage in my pocket! I was hooked!
I have been keeping track of the vast majority of our grocery/stockpile budgeting throughout the year for the past 2 years now. On average we spend only $10 a day, much better than the over $35 before. But what was even better than that was we had stuff left over at the end of the week! Before I knew it we were starting a stockpile!
Let me also explain that my budgeting includes items purchased for my family of four and items donated. There’s no sense in hoarding all my findings for myself so I’ve since then started a food pantry at our church.
While they are cheap, we are not a convenience food family. I attended culinary school during my college years and am more than handy in the kitchen which eliminates are need for such “warm and serve” type meals. Our family eats mostly fresh items including lots of organic meats and veggies, therefore coupons or not our grocery bill tends to be a bit higher than other couponers.
My goal this year for 2011 is to cut my grocery bill again by at least 25%. In the past 6 months I’ve acquired a rather large deep freezer. My goal by the end of summer is have it completely stocked. I will update you peridoically with when goals are achieved.
I challenge you this year to reduce your grocery bill and increase your stock. It can be cutting expenses by 5%, 25%, 50%…or stocking enough cleaning items for the whole year! Always feel free to contact me with your goal updates, challenges, questions etc.