January Grocery Budget Challenge *Update*

Hi Guys!

Last month i shared with you all my January Grocery Budget Challenge, and today i’m going to give you an update and let you know how it went.

jan-budget-challenge-2018 update

To recap, my challenge was to spend $150 a week on food items and $200 a month on non food items for our family of 7.

Honestly, i didn’t do that well with the challenge. First i’ll give you the numbers, and then i’ll tell you why it didn’t go so well.

  • Food Items:

Week 1 = $196.75

Week 2 = $163.18

Week 3 = $202.45

Week 4 = $310.46 (We went to Costco this week, that’s why we spent so much)

Week 5 = $135.39

Budget for 5 weeks = $750   ~~ What i spent for 5 weeks = $1,008.23 ($258.23 OVER budget)

  • Non- food items:

Week 1 = $23.11

Week 2 = $0

Week 3 = $49.53

Week 4 = $69.94 (Costco trip this week, we stocked up on a lot of paper goods)

Week 5 = 12.30

Budget for 5 weeks = $200 ~~ What i spent for 5 weeks = $154.88 ($45.12 Under budget)

It was really hard to stay on budget. My biggest problem was with menu planning, trying to come up with budget friendly meals was my weakness. Because i didn’t want to just feed my family rice & beans every night. A Costco trip during week 4 also blew our budget big time for that week.

My 3 reasons for taking on this challenge were:

  • To take more control over my budget
  • To stop wasting food
  • To see if it is even possible to do

My thoughts on the challenge, now that it is over:

  1. I do feel like this challenge has helped me become for aware of what i’m spending, i am no longer just throwing things into the cart.
  2. We didn’t throw away as much food as we usually do, during this challenge.
  3. I do believe it is possible, but it would take a lot of time and work to make it happen.

There are my thoughts on the grocery challenge. I don’t think i will challenge myself again anytime soon with my grocery budget. However, i did learn from it, so it wasn’t a complete failure.


January 2018 Grocery Budget Challenge

Hi Guys!

I’ve decided to challenge myself this month with my grocery budget, and I thought maybe some of you might like to challenge yourselves as well.

jan budget challenge 2018

Here is my challenge for the month of January:

  • Only spend $150 a week on food related grocery items for our family of 7.
  • Only spend $200 a month on all non-food related grocery items (i.e. diapers, paper towels, shampoo, laundry soap, etc.).

Some of you might wonder why? Why challenge myself? Well, there are a few reasons i have taken on this challenge…

  1. To take more control over my budget.
  2. To stop wasting food.
  3. To see if it is even possible to do.

I’ve already done my first week of grocery shopping and to be honest i went over budget a little bit (i’m going to blame that on the holidays though and try to do better next week).

For my first week i spent $196.75 on food items and $23.11 on non-food items. So, like i said i went a little over budget on food items ($46.75 to be exact), but that included some items that needed to be restocked and that i won’t have to buy again for awhile.

Let me know, in the comments, if you want me to update every week with how much i spent that week. At the moment i’m not planning on sharing every week, but if that is something you guys would like to see i can definitely do that.

Either way I will give a final update, sometime at the beginning of February, to let you all know how i did with my budget challenge.

Also, let me know if you are going to join along with my challenge or if you have some sort of grocery challenge going on for yourself, i’d love to hear about it.