I really didn’t intend to follow through when I signed up for the All You Grocery Challenge a few weeks ago. But now, I’m having a hard time coming up with an excuse not to! It will help keep me accountable with our grocery spendings and push me to challenge myself like I did in my Shopping in my Freezer Challenge last week. (Plus, anyone who knows me would tell you I really just want to be in an edition of All You. I have that middle child syndrome and dream of being the center of attention!)
Now, I have a confession to make. I feel like I have A LOT to learn when it comes to saving money on grocery shopping. While I do well at staying within our budget, I’m sure I could do better.
Using coupons when I grocery shop is not something that comes naturally to me. That’s why I shop at Aldi. This saves us a great deal of money, but I’m sure I could cut even more corners with a litte bit more effort. (Check out my $10 Challenge week as an example!)
So, here are a few rules I am setting up for myself over the course of the next three weeks of the challenge:
- Set up one more ‘Shopping in My Freezer’ Challenge week. We still have plenty to use up!
- When grocery shopping, make a list and stick to it! Be sure to scout out sales and coupon match-ups prior to shopping.
- The goal of the challenge is to spend less than $25 per family member weekly on groceries. I could easily do this by using up all those hot dogs and Kashi waffles I have in my freezer. However, I will resist this temptation and be sure to include healthy fare as well! We may dine on hot dogs once or twice, however…
That being said, here is my plan for this week:
Monday: Got home from a camping trip and didn’t have much energy. Popped some chicken nuggets in the oven.
Tuesday: Roasted Chicken with Maple Walnut Glaze (that we didn’t eat last week!), tossed salad with lettuce from our garden
Wednesday: Homemade pizza (made with dough from our breadmaker…YUMMY!)
Thursday: We have a busy day planned and will probably end up eating out. I’ll need to find a good coupon!
Friday through Monday: We are camping again, this time with my family. We are responsible for one meal and snacks for our family. Wish me luck in staying under budget for this! I think I can…I think I can…I think I can…