Katy at The Non-Consumer Advocate is hosting a Food Stamp Challenge this month. So what is involved in the challenge? Try to spend less on groceries than what our family would receive if we were to receive food stamps. The average family receives $101 per person, so our budget for the month is $505. I also have a 3 year old so we would qualify for $44 in WIC, which brings the total to $549 or 137.25 per week. I hope that we will be able to spend less than that as I plan to donate the difference between our budget and what I actually spend to our local food bank.
Last year our grocery budget was $100 per week, but I have to admit that since we went on The Compact (not buying anything new for an entire year) our grocery budget has steadily increased. I have felt justified buying treats (i.e. organic, free-trade chocolate) since I am not buying “things”. I am looking forward to this challenge and hoping to get back on track with our grocery spending.
To add to our challenge, we have two members of our household who cannot consume gluten, one person who cannot consume lactose, and there are certain items that I will only buy organic (e.g. milk, apples, potaotoes, etc). I also have a couple of advantages: my
stubborn determination garden and a fairly well-stocked pantry.
My shopping trips so far:June 1rst – Savemart $18.48. I went to the store for cold medicine (yes, I have another cold. And yes, I have tendered my resignation and will no longer be volunteering in the church nursery!) and picked up a couple of items.
Savings Tip #1 : Whenever I go to the grocery store I check the meat markdowns. This package of hamburger is 92% fat free and comes from cows that did not receive antibiotics or growth hormones. It is normally $4.99+ a lb. This package contains 1.15 lbs. and was originally $5.74; the $2.00 off coupon brought it down to $3.74 or $3.25 per pound.
Savings Tip #2 – Sign up for the grocery store’s savings card and make sure your spouse carries one. Then join cellfire so you can have coupons automatically downloaded to your savings cards. You receive an email when new coupons are available and you click the ones you want added to your card.
Total for June Groceries to Date: $46.27
I need a couple of items from Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods. I will post those purchases tomorrow along with a few more resources for coupons.