Budget Challenge {Week 12}

March 26, 2012 5 Comments | Disclosure

How are you doing with your Grocery Budget?

Did you know we have a weekly challenge going?  Lucky for you, it’s not too late to join!  Here are the details about our 2012 Grocery Budget Challenge. Even if you are not yet using coupons you need to start saving by setting some goals!

This week I did some Albertsons Doubles shopping last week, and shopped the March Madness deals at Fred Meyer! Now I need to spend some time dehydrating apples.

Here is how the fabs are doing on their budget…

Monica: Feeding a family of 4

Monthly grocery budget: $150

Spending this week: $49.65
Savings this week: $6

Spending this month: $116.43
Savings this month: $303.08

Year to date spending:  $337.92
Year to date savings: $471.43

Mavis: Feeding a family of 4

Monthly grocery budget: $100

Spending this week: $27.86
Savings this week: $17.01

Spending this month: $117.79
Savings this month: $338.10

Year to date spending:  $331.85
Year to date savings: $1566.16

Read more about Mavis’ spending in Monday’s with Mavis

Becky: Feeding a family of 3

Sorry folks!  My computer died, and I had tossed my receipts, so I’m not sure where I am.  I’ll have an update next week after my hard drive is recovered :).

Monthly grocery budget: $200

Spending this week: $
Savings this week: $

Spending this month: $
Savings this month: $

Year to date spending: $
Year to date savings: $

Amber: Feeding Family of 4

Monthly grocery budget: $250

Spending this week: $54.11
Savings this week: $19.96

Spending this month: $235.78
Savings this month: $258.47

Year to date spending: $584.86
Year to date savings: $586.30

 

So are you ready to track your spending and join our challenge?

#1 – Pick a monthly grocery budget amount. {Tips for setting a budget goal}

#2 – Complete the form below with your #’s. Share your email if you want to enter to win our $20 Amazon gift card giveaway… your email will be hidden, but all other answers will be public. When entering your numbers use the amount you spent last week. Sunday-Saturday. 

#3- View the results below and see what sort of goals other Fabulessly Frugal readers are setting!

#4 – Come back next week:  we’ll announce a winner from the entries AND we’ll give you another chance to submit your spending and saving!

Last weeks winner…

Congratulations Lauren H!!  Check your email!

If you share your goals and spending, you’ll be entered to win a weekly $20 Amazon.com gift card! (Enter below)…

 

Tools to help you:

  • Here is a grocery budget tracking spreadsheet to help you keep track of your spending/saving each week. It’s nothing fancy, but it will help you track your spending so you can quickly enter in your #’s each Monday afternoon.
  • {NEW!}  We also encourage you to download our Fabulessly Frugal Budget Tool to easily set a budget, track your spending and compare your actual spending to the budget you make.

Enter your budget goal and what you spent last week here:

See how other Fab FruGALs or Fruguys are doing here

Comments

  1. I can’t wait until this month is over! :) We bought part of a cow, plus had a birthday party with 32 people. Needless to say, I did not meet my goal this month. Next month…eating from the pantry and freezer!

    • The cow in the freezer will be wonderful though!

    • Buying part of a cow is no small feat, Kristin, but just think of the future savings that will bring your family, as well as better quality food. I’ve contemplated doing the same thing, but don’t really have a clue how much freezer space that would use. I have a very large upright in my garage which is, technically, halfway full at the moment. Are you storing your cow in your home freezer, or purchasing space in a local freezer storage place, if you don’t mind my asking?

      I have, as of this current week, gone over a bit too. We had a wedding reception/open house for our son and new daughter-in-law in our home, had 3 extra people here for a few days during college spring break, and hosted a Johnsonville Italian Sausage House Party last Saturday. I’m pleased with myself that I’m not over my budget by a LOT, and I’m still averaging less than my monthly goal, so that’s good too. I bet that by the end of the year, you’ll find that your cow purchase will have you averaging out to your goal or less too, Kristin.

  2. It’s amazing, once I set a budget it’s not been that hard to keep to it. I went $5 over in January but figured I saved $195 from what I’d been spending. In February, I set the budget $50 lower and went under by $15. This month I set the budget $50 lower and will spend $10 less. I’m doing it thanks to your lists and coupon lists. I quit clipping coupons in December and order them on Ebay when I need them, or I print them. I built my stockpile last summer and have been able to maintain it.
    My ultimate goal is to spend $100 less overall, and I’m going to do it $50 at a time.

    • That sounds great, Dixie! Keep up your good work! It’s more fun spending that saved money elsewhere, or saving for a vacation, paying down bills or for whatever you need.

      I took the plunge all at once, lowering my budget in January by a full $100.00, from $450.00 to $350.00. At the time I made the drop, I only had 4 of us living at home, but 2 weeks into the year our oldest son got out of the Army, and needed a place to stay while he looks for work. He’s still here, still looking for work, and I am, so far, able to stick to the budget fairly easily, with the exception of this month. (see my comment to Kristin above if you’re curious)

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