Budget Challenge {Week 21}

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!

Here is how the fabs are doing on their budget…

Monica: Feeding a family of 4

Monthly grocery budget: $150

Spending this week: $18.95
Savings this week: $50.05

Spending For May: $104.80
Savings For May: $112.55

Year to date spending:  $689.95
Year to date savings: $862.46

I went to Albertsons this week to get the double coupon deals and get ready for summer BBQ’s. You can see some of what I bought here.

Becky: Feeding a family of 3

Monthly grocery budget: $200

Spending this week: $92.36
Savings this week: $201.98

Spending For May: $173.68
Savings For May: $330.52

Year to date spending: $952.46
Year to date savings: $1,551.41

Thanks to the Fred Meyers sale I finally got my stockpile back up to where I like it.  Plus, we’ve crossed the $1500 saved mark, which is VERY cool (I’ve saved more than $300 per month, and am $47.54 under budget for the year!)

Amber: Feeding Family of 4

Monthly grocery budget: $25

Spending this week: $199.83
Savings this week: $181.50

Spending For May: $425.35
Savings For May: $287.87

Year to date spending: $1587.64
Year to date savings: $1215.70

WOWZA! I went a little crazy this week buying steak like MAD. We had 2 BBQs at our house and then my hubby & I went all out on an anniversary dinner. To say I went a little over budget is an understatement! But I don’t regret one tasty morsel!! 🙂

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.! Comment on this post to claim your prize, then I will be able to send you an email to get your shipping address!

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 goal and spending here:

See how other Fab FruGALs or Fruguys are doing here


  • Lyssa

    Hi! I had a question for Amber. Where did you buy your steak? We also do many bbq’s.

  • Lauren H.

    I won?!?! Awesome!

  • Tina B

    Ugh. I’ve gone over on my month and now have used up my “cushion funds”, which were from the months I hadn’t spent my total monthly allotment. It’s only by about $5.00 altogether, so if I have some future months in which I spend less, I’m still okay. I went over because I ordered some summer barbecue meat from Zaycon Foods. (German sausages and beef patties–their food is very good)

    My 19 yr old son is home for the summer from college, so there’s another mouth to feed right now, too.

    • Monica

      Zaycon meats are good, and they do put you over budget since you stock up so much, but it should help you stay under budget in the months to come.

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