It's Wednesday, and spending $300/month on groceries works for me!
Some of you were wondering how we only spend $300/month on groceries, including diapers. Today, I'll show you (but remember, it's not ideal, I'd like to have a larger grocery budget).
First off, I break my budget into weeks, so I have about $75/week to spend on groceries. The first thing I do is figure out the basics: milk, bread and water. Then I throw in diapers - I buy the cheapest store brand diapers (around $8) and they work just fine (unless you go to Family Dollar - there diapers stink! We shop at Weis or Wal-mart) and they last about a week and a half. As for meat, we only buy it when it goes on sale - chicken breasts for .79 cents/Ib. and ground beef for around a dollar. We buy it in 10 Ib. bags and it lasts us a month (or more), so that's about $25 -$30 there. Here's a breakdown:
$75 - $30 (meat) - $8 (diapers) - $15 (basics) = $22
Now, because my husband gets paid bi-weekly, I actually have $150 in the grocery budget at this point, so I can separate the budget a little better between two weeks when we buy meat. So in actuality, I have more like $37 left (does that make sense?).
If you pay attention to what you're buying and shop carefully, $37 can go a long way. I usually only have room in the budget for one unique dinner. Some of our cheap meals include:
Spaghetti (usually every Monday)
Homemade Pizza (usually every Friday)
Chili over baked potatoes
Chicken and buttered noodles with veggies
Cheese tortilla (small tortilla with shredded cheddar cheese, Oregano seasoning, and green onions, melted in a 400 degree oven for about five minutes)
Chicken noodle soup over mashed potatoes
*I buy things that are on sale and use coupons if they match up with a sale item, otherwise I get certain items at an outlet store.
As for lunches, my husband packs a lunch and I give the kiddos PB & J sandwiches with an apple, hot dogs, tortillas and cheese, etc. Simple.
Another thing to note is that we live in a place where there are a ton of outlet grocery stores, so that probably gives me a slight advantage.
*Sometimes we dip into savings for groceries, this is where I told you I'm not perfect with the budget!
Hope this is helpful! :) Now don't forget, TOMORROW we link up to share ideas with each other! Just write a post about that has your budget/ideas, tips for savings/great organizations to give to, etc. and then link up here so we can all help each other!
*My husband corrected me and said that our oil bills were closer to $200 then $300 a month. Sorry for the mix-up!