Groceries are definitely a budget buster for us. We eat at home, pack lunches and I have teenagers who like to snack. A lot. I've always had a hard time figuring out what I should be spending, though. So I headed over to the government site to see what the brilliant folks there might have to say. I added up what it says I should be spending on a thrifty budget. Four people, $152 a week. That's the thrifty budget? I do better than that without even trying. Just for kicks, I tallied up the liberal budget. A whopping $302 a week. Filet Mignon anyone?
So that didn't help. Back to the drawing board. I do the basics. I clip coupons, but don't use bunches because the generic brands are usually cheaper. I buy boneless chicken breasts for $1.79 a pound (I guess this is a splurge - I could use cheaper cuts or debone myself). We eat ground beef once or twice a week. Breakfast is whatever cereal is on sale. Apples and bananas are staples. In summer, we expand to what's in season. I know there are areas I can cut. But I don't want to end up with a pantry full of food no one will eat, either. I need to be more vigilant about this. Maybe that will be my goal for April.
At least the government thinks I'm doing fine. Comforting thought, huh?