I came across your blog on the web and it is an interesting concept. It has been hard for me to feed a family of 4 on one income. I tried to go over my weekly shopping list several times but can’t get it below $80. My question is how do you have dinners when there is only the one meat purchase? And how do you make it through the week without the household items (toothpaste, lotion, soap, dish detergent etc.)?
Thanks for all your posts and for helping all the frugal moms!
We eat lots of meatless meals. Like this week, we are only having meat in our spaghetti, a quiche with a bit of sausage in it and I used some leftover chicken to make taco soup. I make my menus up from what I already have on hand. That way I spend less each week and I'm not needing to purchase EVERY item in EACH recipe. I just purchase a few items to finish the recipe off.
Household items have their own budget now. I try and slip them into my grocery budget when I can, but I've set aside some money each week to cover those items. We use dollar store brands for most things that you listed.
Remember that $60 is the number we picked because, at the time, that's all we had. Everyone's lowest number may be different. If you're still wanting to get your budget lower here are a few things to look at.
Are you cooking from scratch?
Is there anything in your grocery bags with a brand name on them? (snapple, tide, kraft, ragu) Can you make it yourself or buy it in generic form?
Are you throwing away leftovers? Sometimes one meal can stretch to two. That saves cooking time as well as the dollars to buy more ingredients.
Do you have a menu plan each week? If you have a plan you know exactly what you need to buy.
How many times are you going to the grocery store each week? You'll save money if you shop once.
I hope those ideas help!
If you're new to the blog I wrote several posts a few years back on just EXACTLY how I do it. You might want to check them out.
The Shopping Trip
The Weekly Prep