Spending $50 A Week On Groceries

When I looked back over what I’d spent last year, I realized I’d been really wasting a lot of money on groceries…and throwing a lot of food out.  So one of my goals for this year is to spend no more than $50 a week on groceries…and that’s probably about half of what I was spending.  And the really sad thing is that I live by myself, so $50 is plenty. 

I’ve been reading a lot of blogs by people who have several kids at home and still don’t spend as much on groceries as I have been spending.  So… time to get a handle on this…save some money…stop wasting food.  When reading a lot of these blogs, I get kind of excited about how much money it’s possible to save by following sales, using coupons and stocking up on good deals.  I’m just starting the whole couponing thing (like yesterday!!), so I’ll blog about that in a future blog.

Right now I’m keeping a grocery list, planning my meals and snacks for home and work, cooking real food and actually taking my grocery list to the store with me…well, except when I stopped after work Friday and my list was at home on the kitchen counter.  And that kind of proved something to me…I ended up spending $63.  The week before (when I took my list with me), I only spent $48.  So…that list will accompany me to the store from now on.

$48 worth of groceries

I think this is a decent haul for the amount of money…but I’m anxious to see how much I can save with coupons.  I think this is going to be a super fun, year long experiment!!

Oh, I made a delicious turkey chili in my pressure cooker…could also do it vegetarian and it’d be just as good.  I’ll be better about taking and posting more pictures for future blogs. 

And I’ll take any advice  on couponing, blogs about living more frugally, etc.  A little side note, I’ve never really had much money, sure haven’t ever been rich, but I did manage to save $12,000 last year…looking to do better this year…I think this is one more way to help me with that goal!  I want to be one of those people who gets more excited about saving money than about spending it!!