Emily and myself took a grocery challenge. It was, as the title suggests a $400 dollar a monthchallenge for my family of 5 and her family of 4 1/2. I knew it would be challenging, but I had read all these challenges about people eating for crazy low amounts like $3.00 a day and I felt compelled to give it my best go. Emily was like WTF … you sure you want to make it that low? and of course, I’m though pSSSSHHH yeah.. go big or go home. Well, unfortunately, I went home. Well, technically, I didn’t go home. I went to the store and spent way too much. My mission was simple eat food. mostly plants and proteins. What I didn’t realize is that all these challenges I was seeing on Pinterest involved a bajillion refined carbs a day and we just aren’t willing to do that… When I would Pinterest how to eat on budget it was .. spaghetti, tacos, etc. and my husband yearns to be on more of the whole 30 diet. So, I may have spoiled how we did but in this episode we are going to chat about how we actually did, what we learned, what a realistic budget looks like for us, tips to save money moving forward, some things we’ve tried to make it a bit easier, and some of our favorite super cheap recipes.
What we learned - In this episode we dive into the following items...
- Choose less expensive meat cuts
- Spread it out
- Plan plan plan
- But learn to pivot
- Get educated
- Use what is in season
- Be prepared for the unknown
- Shop at Aldi’s or Walmart
- Make a list
- Shop organic “smartly” (clean 15)
- Use random things in the back of your cabinet or freezer. Be creative with what’s in there
- Don’t eat out
- Eat leftovers