I hope you joined us in goal setting a Grocery Budget!
This post marks the end of the 2012 Grocery Budget Challenge. We hope this has helped you see that YOU CAN take control of your grocery budget! This challenge was good for me. It helped me to focus on buying the food we really need for less on a small budget. I did not waste money on free or cheap items we would may not use because I knew my budget was limited.
Wow! I can not believe I did it! I stayed under budget for the year! I spent less than $150 most months. My total savings this year was $4048.92! Think of the things I can do with an extra $4000! Woot!
Monica: Feeding a family of 4
Monthly grocery budget: $150
Spending this week: $40.28
Savings this week: $70.25
Spending for December: $145.75
Savings for December: $460.58
2012 Year Total Spending: $1,556.14
2012 Year Total Savings: $4048.92
I made it to Albertsons for doubles shopping today I only spent 21.83! I then made a quick trip to Costco to pick up a fruit platter for a party, but had to settle for the fruit bowl. Normally I would make something from my stockpile to take to a party, but the hostess requested that I bring a fruit bowl. So that brought my total up to $40.28. Crazy to think that I spent almost the same amount on a fruit bowl and milk as I did on the rest of my purchases with coupons.
Becky: Feeding a family of 3.5
Monthly grocery budget: $200
Spending this week: $0
Savings this week: $0
Spending for December: $109.99
Savings for December: $208.14
2012 Year Total Spending: $2361.98
2012 Year Total Savings: $4581.46
No shopping this week! We stayed home baked cookies with ingredients from our stockpile and enjoyed the time with family! Yay for being under budget!
We are not officially taking the challenge to 2013.
We encourage you to take on the challenge, set a goal for your monthly spending and keep track of it! We will not be hosting a weekly tracking this year. But the does not mean you can not take the challenge on your own. We have some exciting preparedness ideas coming for 2013 so stay tuned!
Thanks for participating!
I want to thank everyone that participated this year in the budget challenge. I really enjoyed your feedback and seeing your progress through out the year. The winner of our December $20 amazon gift card is…. Christina!