So I have been working hard on my challenge for October – to cut our grocery bills by 30-40%. I’ve done pretty well so far and hope to keep this up in the future. The best tools I have used to save money are menu planning and using coupons. I have found that planning ahead helps a ton when I am in the store because I don’t impulse buy.
So here is an update of my weekly expenditures:
Week 1: $101.58
Week 2: $150
Week 3: $168
Week 4: $132.15
Week 5: $157
Week 6: $101.97
Total = $810.70
Total Savings based on $200 per week average = $389 or 32%
And here is our menu for this week:
Sunday – Turkey Broccoli Casserole (I don’t have a recipe because it’s one of those throw-it-all-together meals)
Monday – Shrimp Scampi ( I just cook shrimp, angel hair pasta, and throw it together with sauce and we are good!)
Tuesday – Orange Chicken Slow Cooker Style. I got the recipe here.
Wednesday – Leftovers
Thursday – Chicken with potatoes and butternut squash
Friday – Pizza
Saturday – Leftovers
So there you have it – 32% is pretty good overall. I think I am going to strive for 35% next month – I’ll keep you updated.
As for November’s challenge, I can’t decide between a fitness challenge or a craft challenge. Any thoughts??