It seems that everyone is doing some sort of challenge in October, whether it be “Ocsober” or “Droptober” or something else and not wanting to be left out, I’ve decided to “trim the fat” in October – however, not in the traditional sense.
When I received my credit card statement last month, I was shocked at how much our family was spending on eating well. It seems we’re eating a little too well with our average weekly grocery bill (including meat and fruit/vegetables) topping out at $450.00. Naturally, I wanted to compare this average with a national figure and I was shocked to see that that a standard family bill was $250.00. On some sites, this did not include fruit and vegetables – which was a bit of a relief, but still!
Thus, I’d really like to see if we can still eat well, yet spend closer to the average weekly food budget! Therefore, I’m challenging myself to spend less than $300 per week on groceries. Now I do admit to having both a freezer and pantry that is overflowing with all sorts of proteins and other bits and pieces – so the initial challenge will be planning out meals using these ingredients and sticking to a more regular cooking schedule.
In a nutshell, I’ll be talking about fiscal fitness as well as my normal programming type of fitness. I’m looking forward to having a whole heap of extra cash at the end of the month so long as I don’t spend it all in Melbourne when I go to the Problogger conference (but that’s another story).
How much a week do you spend on groceries?
Have you got any tried and tested tips to help me get this bill down?