Becoming Debt Free in 2009

November 14, 2008

Grocery Budget – The Last Time (I Hope)

Filed under: Budget,Food,Shopping — ambercouric @ 7:57 pm
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After reading the responses on my last post about my grocery budget, I think I may be a little unrealistic to think I can get by on $400 per month.  When talking to my husband he reminded me just how much the boys eat.  We’ve had this same budget for several years and two things have changed.  One is that both the boys have grown – although one isn’t here all the time since he is in college- he is home a lot and eats a lot and the other change is that grocery prices have really increased. 

So I have a new plan:

  1. Go to Aldi first – buy what I can there
  2. Go to the grocery store only once a week – I will buy several gallons of milk at a time so I don’t have to make a quick run
  3. Increase the budget to $125 /week or $500/month
  4. Learn to like leftovers
  5. Make a menu and buy according to the meal plan and sales

Hopefully, by the end of December I will have this whole grocery thing worked out so I can focus on another part of the budget.  There is no way I can implement more than one MAJOR change at a time.  I can do little things but I work in such detail that I would drive myself crazy trying to do more.

Good news is that  while sorting through the budget it looks like I will be able to pay more than I had originally thought on the car.  The total should decrease by $1100 instead of $900.

Have a great weekend.



  1. Hi there-wow, this is great stuff!! I think these are fabulous ideas and highly achieveable too. very best of luck, I’m sure you can work to this. Well done on the car payment, excellent news!! have a lovely weekend my dear and keep up the good work!

    Comment by sharon rose — November 15, 2008 @ 4:08 am

  2. I think when all my college age kids are out of the nest–finally–(mine tend to come and go alot)I may do things differently. Right now I use Grocery Game because I need to stock alot of calories here and also alot of personal hygiene and household supplies. When it becomes Hubby and me alone–things will be different. I am keeping a price book of prices at Sams club and Aldi and then I use Grocery Game to shop a drug store and a nice grocery store. Every month my grocery bills are declining a little bit inspite of prices rising and the kids eating me out of house and home. I also use the nicer grocery store more and more and Aldi and Sams less and less. The couponing with GG is the reason. I find that as time goes on with Grocery Game I’m am getting deals. It took a while to get to that point though, I could definitely see it after about 2 months. Now I have a well stocked pantry, freezer and some underbed storage. The kids eat all the time–even while we sleep! So its good they can find convenience foods in the pantry to cook. I’d like it to go lower and I’m working on it too, but you are right there comes a time you just have to be realistic. Cutting out pizza delivery night and making it homemade pizza night–things like that–have all helped.Another thing is leftovers–we use them up–and that is a cost cutter too.

    Comment by Pokeberry Mary — November 15, 2008 @ 6:15 am

  3. I was thinking of doing my own grocery challenge, try to keep us to $400 per month. That should be doable for just two people. If you want to do a little group project comparing food prices around the country let me know, I’d be happy to participate.

    Comment by Miss M — November 15, 2008 @ 1:53 pm

  4. Good for you!! I think your plan is reasonable 🙂 Good luck!!

    Comment by frugal dreamer — November 15, 2008 @ 4:34 pm

  5. Have you thought of supplementing your food budget with ?
    See the post on my blog to see our experience.

    Comment by Sandy — November 15, 2008 @ 4:47 pm

  6. That sounds fantastic! It seems very reasonable to me 🙂 Good Luck!!!

    Comment by jpkittie — November 15, 2008 @ 10:27 pm

  7. Aldi has become my new favorite place to shop and like you, I know go there first then to the grocery store to fill in the gaps. My Aldi now has unsalted butter-which is great, I prefer it and it’s just another reason for me to shop there. I’m getting an overwhelming number of my pantry staples from Aldi. Plus with very few exceptions, I’ve been happy with the quality of items I’ve purchased from Aldi.

    Small steps make it easier to keep on track and on budget!


    Comment by Bouncing Back Betty — November 18, 2008 @ 12:29 pm

  8. I like the “learn to like leftovers” comment.

    Comment by Movingonup! — November 18, 2008 @ 6:12 pm

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