$20 Weekly Grocery Budget Challenge



Prior to visiting London, I was researching various stores and how much food cost in the UK. I was pleasantly surprised when I stumbled upon a couple of YouTube videos with people doing a $20 a week food budget. As many of you know, I mostly eat a plant-based diet. However, I consider myself a pescatarian because I occasionally eat seafood.
Even though I have a monthly grocery budget for my family. I tend to go off track when it comes to shopping for myself. Also, since I’ve started to eat a lot healthier. My family and I typically eat different meals each night. Prior to my healthy eating journey. I would make one of two meals a week that we all could enjoy.
Since October is right around the corner. I started the challenge in September. I want to challenge myself to only spend $20 a week on groceries or a total of $80 for the month. I’m hoping that this challenge for myself will turn into a lifestyle change. Below are some of the things that I plan to do to be successful with this challenge. Also, I haven’t decided if I will roll over the money each month that I don’t spend. Still deciding on that aspect. I will say that my goal is to create more meals based off of what I already have at home.

Grocery List

I plane to create a grocery list weekly and stick to it. I’ve learned that when I have a list I spend less time in the grocery stores.

Meal Plan

I’ve learned that my eating habits and grocery bill are a lot better when I meal plan. My ultimate goal is to plan for myself and family for the entire month. I will start off continuing to do weekly meal plans though.

Buy What I Need

I’m horrible at this. I’m a bulk shopper by heart which means that Costco and Bj’s will not see a lot of me. I plan to only buy what I need and use what I have prior to running to the grocery store. This also means that I have to start and be a little bit more creative of what I eat in a day and plan for the week.

Food Tracker

Half of the time I forget what I have in my deep freezer and refrigerator. I plane to keep a list of the items that I have and check the items off the list once they're used. From this list, I hope to accomplish gaining a sense of what we actually buy, eat and use. I have a really picky palate but also like to try new foods. I’m hoping to keep at a list of foods to not buy again to avoid wasting money.

Do you currently have a grocery budget? Do you stick to it?

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5 comments:

  1. $20 a week for groceries?! Oh my gosh I think I need to do this challenge! Right now that's sounding nearly impossible!

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  2. Budgetting is not an easy task but it is something that I've always wanted to do. I'll make use of your tips! Thanks!

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  3. Oh my goodness! I need to work harder on this! I used to be so good at budgeting my groceries and make a meal plan for the week but I fell off the wagon lol and it's been hard going back. I am going to make this a priority in my life again! Thanks for sharing!

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  4. Wow you are my new hero!!!! $20 a week? It sounds impossible but I will take your challenge and try it!!! Thanks for your tips! Shell

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  5. When I go grocery shopping I try to live by a budget and set up a 'menu' for dinner that I will be cooking. I might have to try this one week.

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