Grocery Budget Challenge {Week 8}

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.

Cathy is taking a break…

Say What?!   Yes, that’s right.  After much thought and consideration, I’ve decided that I need to take a break from couponing.  And I decided that I’m going to be OK with it.  Are you gasping?  Are you appalled?  Or maybe you feel relieved?  Maybe you think that this is normal!


We have some phenomenal couponers that read this blog and that write on this blog!  It’s impressive, it’s inspiring, and what they do is possible!  But for me, right now, in this season of my life… it’s not possible.  And holding myself accountable each week on this post has brought me guilt rather than inspiration.   And I don’t need more burden on my shoulders.  So I’ve made a decision to release myself from that guilt and give myself permission to put couponing on the back burner right now.

What will I be focusing on you ask?

  • Almost 5 days a week I’m faithfully doing my frugal fitness plan.  I love it and look forward to it now and don’t want to put this on the back burner one bit!
  • After taking my ORAC score at Dr. Taylors office in January (I got a D), I’ve been focusing on getting more fruits and veggies in my diet, and getting to bed at a decent hour.  So we purchased a nice blender and have been making all sorts of different smoothies at my house.
  • I have 5 children attending 3 different schools, and 4 of them are in sports.  Need I say more?
  • Monica and I have several projects that we’ve been working on to make Fabulessly Frugal a better place!
  • Lastly, I want to make sure my littles know they are my number one priority.

I’m telling you this because I want you to know that even people that teach and talk about coupons all the time, need to put it on hold once in awhile.  So if you ever took a break, or if you NEED a break, don’t feel guilty about it!  Take a few weeks off if you need to catch up on another aspect of your life.  I’m giving you permission.  When that time comes, know that even a Fab FruGal has to take breaks at times!   So if you see me at the store with no coupons, now you’ll know why… and you’ll know that I’m normal too.  😀

Now on to some inspirational women on the Fabulessly Frugal Team…

Monica: Feeding a family of 4

Monthly grocery budget: $150

Spending this week: $60.46
Savings this week: $6

February Spending: $124.13
February Savings:  $86.77

Year to date spending:  $245.64 (54.36 under budget so far) 
Year to date savings: $323.08

Mavis: Feeding a family of 4

Monthly grocery budget: $100

Spending this week: $11.53
Savings this week: $93.83

February Spending: $73.56
February Savings: $602.74

Year to date spending: $206.66
Year to date savings: $1228.06

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

Becky: Feeding a family of 3

Monthly grocery budget: $200

Spending this week: $44.06
Savings this week: $54.93

February Spending: $135.33
February Savings: $214.76

Year to date spending: $359.40
Year to date savings: $680.01

Amber: Feeding Family of 4

Monthly grocery budget: $250

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

February Spending: $157.70
February Savings: $150.55

Year to date spending: $435.93
Year to date savings: $447.70


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

#1 – Decide on your monthly grocery budget.

#2 – Complete this form with your #’s… remember, this is you competing with YOURSELF, no one else!  Share your email if you want to enter to win our challenge 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 entries on this form AND we’ll give you another chance to submit your spending and saving!

This week the random winner will get a $20 Amazon gift card!

Last weeks winner…

Last weeks randomly selected $20.00 Amazon gift card winner is…

Congratulations Emily!  Comment on this post to claim your prize. I will 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




    Great post Cathy! I respect that even though you recognize the positive aspects of coupons you know when to step back and focus on other important and pressing issues like family and relaxation!). Have a great break from coupons!

  • Dana

    Good for you Cathy. I am proud of your decision to take a break. We all need it once in a while. It helps us get some perspective. I, too, am struggling, especially with the fact that I want/need to be spending most of my budget on veggies and fruits and haven’t been able to do it while couponing. Enjoy your time off!

  • Lorrie

    Cathy your post is wonderful! Family is the reason we coupon, but if we do not spend the time with them… it is not to our families advantage. Your husband and kids are lucky that your realize what is really important in life. I hope your enjoy your time away from couponing and your family enjoys all the extra time with their mom!!

  • Emily

    Oh man I can’t believe I won this week!!! I NEVER win anything. I’m so stinking excited!! Thank you!!!!

  • Alexis

    Cathy I find it amazingly impressive that you’ve kept up with it as long as you have, anyone would get burned out let alone w/7 kids!! I have 3 and have totally stepped back from it. It is a total blessing for anyone to use coupons to some degree, but the level at which each person coupons depends on so many different factors. Good for you for prioritizing, and you are still an inspiration. 🙂

  • Lindsay Letzelter

    Cathy! You are my HERO! I have been struggling with this for about a year now. I took a break and now my stock pile is dwindling and it pains me so I think I have to start up again. Thank you for telling it how it is in real life! Seriously I love you!

  • Kerry

    Thank you Cathy for your post. I was feeling a little bad about not keeping track for the last two weeks of my grocery budget. I have had some medical issues and just really haven’t had the energy to keep track of it all. Thanks for showing us that even the really committed to couponing couponers take breaks.

  • Sophie

    I love seeing that you are being honest with yourself and letting go of the guilt. I thought I might start to track this year and did so for the first two weeks, but then realized that I didn’t really care what I spent. Yes, I have a budget, and I am always conscious of what I spend, but If i want to buy something, I buy it! Being a couponer for me is so more much that just using coupons at the store. It teaches you financial responsibility and that will go with you whether you are using coupons or not!

  • Kathy

    Cathy be thankful you have that option to capitalize on. I must coupon to have enough for the month. No options. Your post makes couponing such a time consuming struggle, I know that was not intended, but your blog tell us it’s quick easy and saves you tons of money. Hugh?Sounds like your coupon business is wearing you out not couponing. Take care of yourself!

  • Elizabeth

    I took almost the entire summer off last year because we were so busy, but I had such a great stockpile that I hardly noticed a difference. I will be taking the next month off as well due to a family crisis. Sometimes you just have to know when and where to focus your energy. I applaud you! Your family wil thank you, I am sure.

    • Monica

      Summer time is a very common time to take a coupon break. Sorry to hear you have a family crisis. Hope things get better soon.

  • Stacey

    OOPS! My first two submissions are wrong. Can they be deleted?

  • Margaret

    Good for you Cathy! Big hug from Wisconny!

  • Liz H

    Thank you Cathy! I can see how all of this would become just too much. And really, as women, do we need yet another thing to feel guilty about? I say, take all the time you need and maybe, when you start again, do half of what you used to. No matter what, you have my support and admiration for setting good boundaries in your life. Way to go, girl!

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