Update to this post: Frugal Living Journal also linked to this amazing lady who spends $25 a week on groceries for two (click here). (And all of the comments by Mrs. B are actually not from me!) I am fascinated by this. I have recently started doing the finances for the Butts home and I'm amazed how easy it is spend money - a little here, a little there. Even though we feel like we are pretty frugal. Thankfully, Pastor Steve of Heritage Baptist did our pre-marital counseling and got us started with a really awesome Excel template and worked with us to get a budget going. Keeping it is the harder part. :) We're trying really hard to get our grocery and entertainment (and book!) budget down. I have several ideas, but this link is really helpful. I've tried the homemade granola thing, too. One more idea, for anyone interested:
It's really terrific, or so I'm reading, to find things from your pantry and plan your meals around that. If you have pasta and tomato sauce, there's a meal. If you have some veggies in your freezer, use them up. Do you have the ingredients to make a smoothie? If you can just buy one more thing and have a meal because you have MOST of the ingredients, this is a million times better than planning to make a new recipe with random ingredients while your pantry is already full. And you can get a really cheap week in AND clear out your pantry/frig/freezer. :) So... that's what I'm doing for next week. Maybe I can get it under $25. Who knows?
Here's my latest question. What do my friends who read this do to save money on groceries? Do share.
4/25 - Dropped by Frugal Living on my break, (6 more conferences down) and was surprised to see a recent post dedicated to responding to one of my comments about budgeting/meal planning. Have a look see.
So much to learn... I welcome any tips. It's amazing how many helpful sites there are online for freezing things ahead.
Whistle while you work.