When I first started Don’t Waste the Crumbs, I wanted to share all the ways you could save money on food.
Specifically, how the small steps we take can make a big impact over time – because that’s how we transitioned from processed food to real food and have kept our family grocery budget at $330/month for several years.
I thought that sharing budgeting ideas, frugal recipes and grocery hacks was enough.
But it wasn’t.
When I asked Crumbs readers what their biggest struggle was, I kept getting the same answer over and over: eating real food on a budget.
Specifically, how to do it.
How Grocery Budget Bootcamp Came to Be
Thinking back to when we made the switch, it would have been SO NICE to have someone there to help me. Someone to show me what to do, to answer the MILLIONS of questions I had and to help me focus on what was best for MY family and not get so wrapped up in what everyone else was doing.
This someone didn’t exist of course, and I learned it all the hard way.
I made meal plans that failed, blew the budget on things we didn’t need and shopped (and overpaid) at health food stores because I thought that was what people who ate healthy food did.
Then somewhere along the way, I learned that it was okay to come up with my own way of doing things.
I created a system that worked for me, no matter where we lived or what season we were in. A system that stood the test of “life” getting in the way and summer breaks and holiday gatherings. It worked when we homeschooled and it works with the kids in school. It worked in California and it works in Georgia. It’s worked with shopping at farms, CSA’s, grocery stores and the farmers market.
I took this system, zoomed out a bit and refined it so it would work for you too. This project has been years in the making, but I’m SO BEYOND EXCITED to finally announce that enrollment for Grocery Budget Bootcamp is open.
What is Grocery Budget Bootcamp?
Grocery Budget Bootcamp is an 8-week online course that teaches you how to eat real food on a budget. From start to finish, every topic is covered in 13 core lessons:
- Build a Foundation
- Real Food Priorities
- Let’s Make a Budget
- What Exactly Are You Buying?
- Planning to Avoid Food Waste
- The Right Way to Meal Plan
- The Shopping List
- Mastering Your Grocery Store
- The Rock Bottom Price Book
- Buying in Bulk & Stockpiling
- Unloading the Car & Organizing the Kitchen
- Cooking from Scratch
- Creating Your Own Unique System
You can read more about each of these lessons here.
There are also 3 bonus lessons available in the VIP Package:
- Shopping the Farmers Market on a Budget
- Grocery Shopping Online
- Surviving a Pantry Challenge
There are also 9 bonus videos, 29 bonus printables, a 200+ page full-color printed and bound workbook and an exclusive Facebook support group.
Oh yeah, there’s also the chance to work with me directly and get personalized feedback on your own grocery budget. Readers have been asking me for years to offer grocery budget coaching, and with Grocery Budget Bootcamp, I can finally do that!
About Grocery Budget Bootcamp
I’m particular about the resources that I invest my time and effort into, so this course had to meet very specific and high expectations.
It had to be practical. I don’t have time for systems and process that don’t work with my schedule. Yes, I will make the time to do something that is important to me, but it has to be practical otherwise it just won’t get done.
It had to be flexible. Seasons ebb and flow between busy and rest, so I wanted this course to teach a system that did the same. Using a system that only works when I have time simply won’t work in the long run.
It had to be all-encompassing. No.Stone.Left.Unturned. Obviously there are gaps in sharing blog content, so this course couldn’t miss a thing. Every single aspect of the grocery shopping process must be covered.
It had to produce results. If the ultimate goal is to save money, then that’s what the system must do from day one and every lesson must take steps towards this, whether it’s a small step or a big step.
It had to cover the mental game. Saving money boils down to numbers, but there’s a mental factor too. To save money you must be mentally prepared to face the brands and stores that want you to spend money, and any system that doesn’t address the mental game isn’t worth following in my book.
It couldn’t use coupons. Not all coupons are bad, but I’ve learned that you can save more money with a strategic planning and shopping method than by clipping coupons. Sure you could add coupons in later, but a solid shopping system must come first.
It had to work for real food. Readers wanted a course showing them how to eat REAL food on a budget, not junk food, and since “healthy food” has become a big money maker for some brands, it was important to address finding real food in a grocery store culture.
This course meets all of these expectations and more. I’m picky about how I spend my money, so I would never offer anything to you that didn’t go above and beyond my own expectations.
If you’ve ever struggled with real food on a budget and feel like blog posts of money saving ideas and grocery hacks just aren’t enough, Grocery Budget Bootcamp was created for you.
What Can You Expect from Grocery Budget Bootcamp
Grocery Budget Bootcamp is an instructor-led, self-paced course. This means that I will teach according to the 8-week lesson plan, and you can complete the work at your own pace. Whether you work in small or big chunks is up to you, and it is okay if you fall behind one week. The course will be there for you when you’re ready to jump in again.
Each core lesson comes with the lesson itself and printable worksheets. Depending on the access package you choose, each lesson may also come with videos with transcripts, audio files, bonus videos and bonus printables to help you really stretch your grocery dollars.
The VIP package comes with 3 additional lessons (each with video/transcript/audio files), a 200+ page workbook that will be mailed to you (so you can skip the printing at home), access to the exclusive Facebook support group and small group coaching with me.
Sound Too Good to be True?
I’m 100% confident that you will save money on real food with Grocery Budget Bootcamp, but I also know that this may not be the solution for everyone.
At the same time, I also know change doesn’t come unless you’re willing to do the work.
If you’ve done the work and you don’t feel like you’re getting value and saving money from my course, I’m offering a 21-day money back guarantee. Show me your completed worksheets and I’ll give you a refund. It’s that simple.
What have you got to lose?
The average Grocery Budget Bootcamp graduate saves $200 after completing just 2 weeks of the course. They go on to save over $325 in one month and this is only the halfway point of the course. At this rate, they’ve paid for the course itself AND are on track to save nearly $4000 in one year.
Could you use an extra $4000?
Join Grocery Budget Bootcamp today and take control of your grocery budget. Stop wondering where you’ve gone wrong and start using a system that is proven to work!
Enrollment for the course is only open through Tuesday, January 10, 2017. This course requires me to be 100% present and active so you can get the most out of the course, and as you know, time is a limited resource. Because of this, I honestly don’t know when the course will be open again.
“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”
I want to teach you how to fish. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to have someone who knows exactly what it takes to eat real food on a budget teach you everything they know.