The $50 a Week Grocery Challenge: Intro

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Grocery shopping has been, for me, an expensive and somewhat wasteful hobby. I will not tell you how much money I typically spend on groceries. It is too shameful, especially considering there are only two humans in this household. For awhile now, I have needed to get my “hobby” under control.Fortunately, a recent life event has forced thriftiness upon me: I have taken an editorial internship at an amazing magazine. It will last for 6 months and, although I’m sure the experience, skills and relationships I’ll gain are valuable beyond measure, I won’t be able to work very much.

As we were looking at our budget and gearing up for this change, grocery shopping was the most glaringly obvious place to spend less money. Mark suggested that we should be able to get by on spending $50 a week on groceries and I was like, challenge ACCEPTED!

A quick Google search brought forth a plethora of clever housewives who have multiple children and only spend $50 a week on groceries. Additionally, they eat a ton of meat. This was heartening because 1) there are only two of us and 2) advantageously, don’t eat a lot of meat.

Sunday is when I do my meal planning and grocery shopping. You can expect a forecast of my week in food Monday morning and a recap of how it all went the previous week. I think that we can totally do this and I’m excited to share all the ups and down, ins and outs of my adventures with you.

I would love to hear from you: what are you greatest challenges with grocery shopping and/or meal planning? What do you do well and what do you want to do better? Send me an email and let me know!

2 thoughts on “The $50 a Week Grocery Challenge: Intro

  1. Two words: chest freezer. If you have any extra space available at all, use it for a chest freezer. It is the single best investment we made, because you can buy in bulk and freeze. Chicken on sale? Stock up, skin it, bone it, freeze it. Fresh veggies from the garden/farm stand/on sale? Chop, blanch, and freeze. Veggie bits left over get tossed into a bag with chicken bones until we have enough to make stock. Of course, by we I mean my wife – she’s by far the better cook! Anyway, they are cheap (relative to refrigerators), and will pay for itself multiple times over, and come in multiple sizes.

    There’s also a web-based subscription coupon site – I want to say Grocery Game? You select the markets you want, and it will tell you the best deals of the week, including where to find the coupons. We got to the point where if we didn’t save what we spent, we felt ripped off.

    Good luck!

    • Ah, YES! Thanks Jeff. A chest freezer is my dream and I’ll let you know if I figure out how to swing it in my current apartment. :) And thanks for the coupon site, too–I’ll have to check that out! Take care, and great to hear from you!

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