There are nine more days left in the month, and I have about $50 left in my grocery budget to feed my family of six.
This has been a tough year financially for us, with decreased income and unexpected medical expenses. We’re also sick and tired of spinning our wheels to get rid of our debt. So, over the summer, my husband and I came up with a strict budget. There’s no wiggle room. We’ve got to stick to it.
The biggest single expense that we have control over is our grocery budget. I’ve almost always had a grocery budget. But, more often than not, I’ve treated it as a ballpark figure to shoot for, not a hard and fast limit. Now, I need to treat that figure as an absolute, not just a guideline! It’s been a challenge, but one I’ve actually found I’m enjoying over the last couple of months! Instead of being frustrated by our lack of funds, I’m choosing to focus on the positives of a limited food budget.