My grocery budget for a family of 4 is $330 each month. This real food budget includes food, toiletries, household items as well as health & beauty products. This post is our monthly budget accountability session, where we share what we spend on food. Today marks the end of January 2015. You can read previous Counting Crumbs reports HERE.
Welcome to the first budget accountability session of the new year!
I’ll admit guys, I’m kinda struggling over here. I’m fairly confident in my numbers, but I’ve been knee-deep in making meal plans for you guys, that I haven’t had much of a chance to make one for my own family!
We’ve got meat and pantry items and plenty of “food,” but it’s a real challenge putting it all together when I can’t think beyond what should be on the menu in March, lol!
I know it’ll take some time to adjust, and we WILL find our groove, but in the mean time, I’m thankful for our Fiscal Fast in February. I know it’ll give us a clean slate, and a ground zero of sorts in terms of our pantry and food. Plus it’ll force me to take a few minutes and make a plan for us, since there’s no way we’ll survive a whole month unless we do!
So, you’ll see how I’ve shopped the month below. There’s definitely more trips than I like to see, no thanks to the stores being so close and me not having a solid game plan, but that’s our season right now and it’s how I’m surviving!
If you knew our past, you’d know that at the beginning of our marriage, we weren’t exactly the frugal, penny-pinching couple you’ve grown to know online.
We lived paycheck to paycheck, and had been pretty financially irresponsible for a long period of time.
Roughly eight years ago, if you looked at our overall financial health, you would have probably said “Wow, they have a tough road ahead of them.”
And we did.
A new mortgage, two car payments, multiple credit cards, a few personal loans and all the day-to-day luxuries and trimmings of an American lifestyle.
We thought we had reached the definition of success, until we found out we were pregnant with our first son and decided to “somehow” make all of our bills work on just one income.
We didn’t realize it at the time, but becoming a single-income household meant living near the poverty line. We technically qualified for government assistance!
We never applied though, because we thought our situation was normal.
Didn’t everyone have the same bills we had?
We had no clue it was going to be as hard as it was.