Budget Challenge {Week 22}

We want to encourage you to make and stick to your grcoery budget!

But we need more involvement to know that taking the time and money to run this feature is worth it!  Share this with your friends and give us a reason to keep doing this!  Let’s see if we can get more entries in this week’s challenge!  It’s never too late to start!



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: $7.90
Savings this week: $15.35

Spending For May: $7.90
Savings For May: $15.35

Year to date spending:  $697.85
Year to date savings: $877.81

The only deal I did this last week was the meat deal at Albertsons, but I am going to take advantage of Albertsons double deals tonight!

Becky: Feeding a family of 3

Monthly grocery budget: $200

Spending this week: $9.00
Savings this week: $45.91

Spending For June: $?
Savings For June: $?

Year to date spending: $961.46
Year to date savings: $1597.32

We moved about 2 weeks ago.  About 2 days into our new house the electricity stopped working in the kitchen.  I could only run one appliance… fridge, microwave, stove, washer/dryer, crock pot, can opener, etc at a time.  That appliance had to be less than 600 watts… Everything was out :(.  What we have been able to make was sandwiches, bagels, cold cereal, stuff like that.  So, we have been eating out.  A lot.  Way more that we have in the last 12 months combined! My sweet husband decided to throw the food budget out the window for the past two weeks and call it “moving expenses”.  He didn’t allow me to keep receipts or track what we were spending.  We had to eat, and we couldn’t do that at our new home.  So, I know how much I paid for the shopping trips I blogged about.  That’s it.  We’re back in frugal/stockpiling mode, and BOY is it nice to be able to finally blow dry my hair or cook a meal on the stove without worrying about the fuses (yep, not circuit breakers) blowing!

Amber: Feeding Family of 4

Monthly grocery budget: $250

Spending this week: $0
Savings this week: $0

Spending For June: $0
Savings For June: $0

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

We had plenty of BBQ leftovers & a full fridge to get us through this whole week without shopping! I am heading doublers shopping tonight & I now have a VERY empty fridge, so next week’s budget might be a tad bit blown!

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 Amber! 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


  • Amber B

    Love the Grocery Budget feature! Please continue! I keep hoping to win a weekly prize. Although I’ve been couponing since starting college (~25 years), I’ve only been building a stockpile and doing extreme couponing for about 18 months. Haven’t been meeting my monthly budget goal very well, but am getting closer. Just quit my senior management job to stay home with my kids and couponing is definetly helping our family make this new life work! Thanks for all you do!!!!

  • Shay

    I didn’t even know about it, but I really like the idea! Gives me another great reason to stay within my budget! There are months that I tend to go over, but year to date I am very much under!

  • Amber

    I won again!!!! Yeah!!!!

  • Justine

    Please keep this feature! I love it!
    I know it would help me if you posted it to FB each week as a reminder to enter each week. I often forget and don’t get around to entering til several days later (always before the next monday comes around though).

    I keep hoping I will win, especially since odds are good with so few entries.
    But my main reason for doing it is it really does help me keep my budget goal in mind (even though I don’t stick to it very well, am getting better though).
    Please keep it up! And maybe post it more often to FB, Twitter, Pinterest, etc!

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