I like to think of myself of the master of budgeting. In fact I was trying to school my dad and Brad on grocery budgeting last weekend when we were shopping for the cottage. I happen to know exactly how many grams of meat you need for a sandwich … and I’m a vegetarian for pete’s sake!
At our house we don’t exactly have a choice about budgeting for groceries, we just have to budget everything. That’s what being a student is about … or that’s what being a one income family is about. It ain’t easy but we make it work.
This week ten Fitfluential Ambassadors are truly testing their grocery budgets. Anytime Fitness is challenging them to Survive on 35 … dollars that is. They are going to feed themselves for $35 for an entire week.
I am very much looking forward to checking out their challenge. If you’d like to follow along you can check out the hashtag #surviveon35 on either Twitter or Instagram.
Just to put this in perspective it averages out to $1.66 per meal.
I’m going to follow along with some VALUE PRICED meals of my own. (Notice I did not say cheap!)
Here’s a couple things that help my grocery budget:
- make your own snacks
- lentils are your best friend (so are potatoes and carrots)
- always pack your own lunch, even if it means peanut butter sandwiches
- when you’re busy, cook in bulk so you have healthy quick food to heat up after a long day
Edited to add: PLEASE go check out MamaDweeb’s post on why she’s doing this challenge. It will touch your heart.
How closely do you monitor your grocery budget? What IS your grocery budget?