“Wine is a grocery, not a luxury.” No, Richard Betts, you’re wrong. Last week, I was in the midst of catching up on my favorite podcasts, when I stumbled across that sound bite courtesy of Richard Betts on the Tim Ferriss Show.* While I most certainly understood his point — in his experience, the table wasn’t set until there was wine on it — this comment got me thinking about how many different luxuries are on our grocery lists that we pass off as necessities each week. Continue reading “Wine and Other Luxuries On Your Grocery List”
Last month, we slashed our grocery budget–including household items–to $200. At first, it seemed like an ambitious, if not unlikely, goal. However, with some strategic planning and careful shopping, we came in at just under $193 for two people. For an entire month of groceries. One of the best strategies I used throughout the month was to overhaul not where I shopped, but what I shopped from–namely, I had been using the wrong grocery list. Continue reading “You Might Be Grocery Shopping from the Wrong List”
Drum roll, please. At the start of September, I set two lofty goals. I pledged to reduce our grocery budget by 20% to keep the total spending to $200 for the two of us. Since my focus was already set on the kitchen, I figured I would keep my sights set on it by creating a second goal of decluttering the kitchen. Now that September has almost come and gone, let’s take a look at how those goals shook out over the past month. Continue reading “Dream or Reality? A $200 Grocery Budget and a Clutter-Free Kitchen”
Are you wanting to incorporate more organic or natural foods into your diet but you’re not sure where to start? Have you decided to try to cut back on the amount of processed foods you eat but you don’t want to sacrifice your budget? Then it sounds like you are ready to make the slow switch to better eating. Here’s the strategy that Mr. P and I are using to develop and sustain this healthy-eating lifestyle* while staying within our grocery budget.
It’s almost fall. As the temperature slowly starts to drop (at least in theory – not in the Midwest, though, apparently), that means it’s time for football games, homemade chili, sweater weather, and new goals. First up? Food! Most months our grocery budget comes in at around $250 for the two of us. Typically, household goods (that’s a really fancy way to say toilet paper and other assorted necessities) is included in that price.* However, I would really like to see if we can reduce our budget by 20% and keep our spending to $200 this month. Continue reading “September Goals: A $200 Grocery Budget Plus A Decluttered Kitchen”