It's the end of the month for us, being it's Pay Day.
My plan for September was to only spend $75 per week, or $150 a paycheck on groceries.
How did I do?
I did okay.
Not great. I did go over, but not drastically! When all was said and done, I still had the $200 savings to put away in our "rainy day mug". However, some of it was gas fund money versus grocery.
1) Cut back on the junk: the junk food is always on sale, and for really great deals. But, it's JUNK. We don't need 48 canisters of $0.18 Pringles. 1 is fine. And life doesn't end if we have no chips in the house.
2) Use the money saving from not buying junk to stock up on the good stuff: we had a GREAT sale on chicken-I did stock up, and it sent me over the budget. Worth it yes, but I could have stayed within if I had avoided the cookies, Pringles, Pop Tarts and Toaster Strudels.
3) Couponing is worth the work: who else gets a natural high when you reciept says you saved 48%? :)