Originally Posted by MizzCoco
What is your grocery budget monthly? I'm trying to make it to $400 a month, but that is proving IMPOSSIBLE!! I SAHM and we rarely ever eat out at all, so we eat all 3 meals here and snacks and everything else. It's just difficult and I feel like I'm doing something wrong with our monthly good bill going towards $500 or more.
I agree with everything you said. It's me and dh and two kids (ages 7 & 9) and no matter how frugal I try to be, I can't seem to hit my goal of $400 a month, especially on 5 week months. I aim for $100 a week and usually get there but it's hard. There is some great advice on these boards. Some use coupons, others buy generic, some have their own gardens, some eat meat rarely.
I'm with you though. We almost never eat out. I've been trying to make my own snacks (homemade muffins and cookies, crackers with spreads, etc) and that has made a big difference. I was spending a lot on the convenient pre packaged snacks (granola bars, pudding cups, individual sized yogurts, etc).
I also make my own popsicles (fudgesicles out of chocolate pudding) and we don't buy any drink boxes, kool-aid or pop. We do buy real OJ but only serve it at breakfast. Other than that it's water or milk with meals.