$100.00 A Week Grocery Budget

What if you could reduce your weekly grocery budget to $100.00 a week and still eat real {wholesome} food?

That's the challenge we've set for ourselves.

When we were newly married I'll be honest, I did not think about budgeting our grocery shopping at all.  It makes me sick to my stomach to think back to how much I spent {wasted} on food for years because I didn't think ahead to meal plan and/or to shop what was on sale.  I did try the couponing thing for a while and it didn't work out well for me.  First, we don't eat most of the products you find coupons for.  Second, if you aren't pairing the coupons with store sales, often times it's not that much of a savings.  Third, it seemed time consuming.

What I've since learned is that meal planning combined with farmer's market and store sale shopping is a great combination and the perfect way to trim down our grocery budget.  That paired with growing many of our own veggies results in a win-win.

Once we became a one-income household (so we could get our business off the ground) we took a look at our expenses and trimmed our grocery budget down to $60.00/week.  This is still doable with 2 adults, but not easy to fit within the Real Food guidelines which is why we made room in the budget for $100.00/week.  Last year I switched to a primarily plant-based diet for health reasons but J has chosen not to change his diet.  Because of this, there are times I make 2 different lunches and/or dinners.  And this can get very expensive.....

But we don't want to sacrifice. 

Part of cutting the grocery budget means we'll need to make more food from scratch AND grow some of it ourselves.  We had been really good at this up until about 2 years ago when we attempted juggling 60+ hour workweeks with starting up a business.  Unfortunately, we couldn't do it all and had started getting out of the habit of pre-planning meals, making things from scratch, and growing what we can.

As part of this challenge I'll share with you what our weekly meal plan looks like including links to recipes and what our weekly food costs were.

We hope you'll follow along and share your own tips, tricks, struggles and successes.

See all of the Weekly Meal Plan posts here
I've written about my meal planning method here.
Tips for trimming your grocery budget are here and here.


Grantham Lynn said...

Oh goodness. Did you make your pasta? I'm making my own pizza now.
I want to make pasta! Homemade is soooo much better.
I'm lovin' visiting you!

Staci at Life At Cobble Hill Farm said...

Yes I do make our pasta when I can!! It is delicious {and freezes well too!!}.

montana happy said...

I just started my $50 grocery/cleaning supply/personal product budget per week for mostly organic. Here we go - that pasta looks to yummy!

christyjames said...

Thanks. This is super helpful. I was trying to figure out which grocery stores had the best quality of fresh pasta and veggies.
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