Friday is the start of our first pay period of the new year. I’m looking forward to trying our new budget. For our December budget, we came on or under budget for every category except our grocery budget. What I spent was less than I had ever spent before but it was still over.
I know that part of the problem is that our grocery budget is ridiculously low ($225 a month) so I am setting myself up for failure. On the other hand, I don’t have anything else to cut. I need to make it work.
So this month, I’ll be trying a few things to trim even more from our grocery bill:
Using what we have. I’ve told Thomas that he and I will be eating some weird combinations. I won’t compromise on Adam’s meals – he isn’t eating fancy but I want to make sure that he is eating a healthy and balanced meal. Thomas and I can be more flexible. I’m looking in the back of the cupboard, half empty condiment bottles and at the bottom of the freezer. If it’s too bad to eat, I’ll throw it away. Otherwise it needs to make an appearance in our meals.
Less meat. Using cheaper forms of protein and stretching the meat I do use over more meals.
Meal plan. Meal plan, meal plan, meal plan. I know it works for other people and it has worked for me. Just do it, already.
Any ideas to stretch our budget? Any tips for meal preparation while holding a clingy baby?
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