Sunday, December 9, 2012
A Side of Beans & Rice
In attempt to meet a financial savings goal, my husband and I are making some changes to our spending. We are already debt free (excluding one mortgage) but we really feel the need to buy a piece of land to live off of and build a new house. In addition to cutting out some extra's like cable tv and dining out, I am revamping our grocery budget. I stumbled upon Danielle over at Blissful & Domestic and was inspired to start menu planning again. Instead of doing a week at a time like I did previously... long ago... I am shooting for a monthly menu plan. We'll have the same basic theme every week (Fish Friday, Pizza Saturday, Crockpot Sunday, etc.) to make it easy. Hopefully I'll put a lot of the pinterest ideas I have to good use so we won't get bored! Another tip I like from Danielle's blog is to shop monthly instead of weekly like I do now. There are some things I'll set grocery money aside for (like sales and perishables) but for the main part I would like to have one major shopping trip a month. This will take some getting use to! We are going to start January since we are in an busy month of meal times with family and travel. This will be a big help to our budget! Once I get started, I'll post our daily theme schedule and the monthly menu to hopefully inspire you! Oh, one more thing... as of now, we spend about $220 a week on groceries (including toiletries, cleaning supplies, etc.). We spent less when I was doing a weekly menu plan. What do you do (besides couponing) to help cut back on your spending?