Grocery Budget Challenge {Week 44}

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!

We hope you will join us! Set a goal today and get on the path to taking control of your grocery budget!

Here is how some of the fabs are doing…

Monica: Feeding a family of 4

Monthly grocery budget: $150

Spending this week: $38.18
Savings this week: $20.50

Spending for October: $100.05
Savings for October:  $211

Year to date spending: $1,232.32
Year to date savings: $2,158.61

I went to WinCo to get pumpkins, cream cheese and produce. I got milk at Costco since I had reached my limit for milk coupons. My in-laws came to visit and had a craving for Butterfinger blizzards so we got some deals at Fred Meyer using the in store coupons!

Becky: Feeding a family of 3

Monthly grocery budget: $200

Spending this week: $116.69
Savings this week: $175.10

Spending for October: $244.55
Savings for October:  $307.10

Year to date spending: $1989.63
Year to date savings: $3825.37

I took a break from couponing this month, we were in Seattle at the beginning of the month, and then with Pumpkin Patches, my birthday, and my life, I just didn’t have time to coupon!  I went to WinCo to stock up on essentials, but actually forgot my coupon binder at home, so I paid full price!  Kinda nice sometimes!  However, it does mean we went over budget!  Thankfully I still have a little cushion for the year, but November and December are always more expensive for me grocery wise.  It’s going to be hard, but I’m going to do it!

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, and be entered to win our monthly $20 amazon gift card drawing.

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

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:


  • Cindy McFarlane

    Okay I so want to start my budget! Only thing is I only see family of 4, to see what your goals are extra…I have a family of 7! I don’t want to just double it, I usually just get what I need for the two weeks and when I do go shopping I look for stock up prices. I would really like to start my stock pile. With spending less purchasing more. I am a stay at home mom. I use the baseball method of couponing. Usually buy 5 papers! I just bought the dvd on the 7 steps! Uhm, what else I look at your website and all coupon websites when possible. I know a lot I think, now I want to prove it in my stock pile. confused, help!!

    • Monica


      Figure out how much you have spent the last three months and take the average of that. Then slash it in half. That should be your goal. Before I couponed I spent $500-$600 a month on groceries. Now I spend $150. So slashing it in half was easy.
      If you do not meet your goal the first month consider adjusting it to make it more reasonable. Or push yourself more the next month to get to the original goal. I hope that helps. 🙂

  • Lauren

    I’m a little late on getting my info entered for the week of Oct. 21-27, but the link to input isn’t working.

  • Tina B

    Oh darn…this week’s link isn’t working now. Whoops!

    • Monica

      Yikes… try again Tina.

      • Tina B

        It worked! Thank you very much! I’m glad that October is over and I can try to spend less this month. I totally blew my budget last month for groceries. Good thing I have the flexibility in my income to do that or I would be in trouble.

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