Thursday, March 2, 2017
March Grocery Budget Challenge 2017
March is a month where we seem to hemorrhage money because we have the property taxes due, both our life insurance premiums are due, and we typically need to buy another ton of pellets for our pellet stove to keep us warm. Add to this a rather large unexpected medical bill (that I thought was covered by my insurance but turns out not to be) that needs to be paid and planning to go out to a nice dinner for our anniversary this month to a new Japanese teppanyaki style restaurant and we have to cut the budget drastically. In looking at where I can make some cuts, it seems to come down to our grocery budget because I find that is where I have the most "wiggle room" due to a very well stocked pantry, fridge and freezer.
My plan is to try to utilize the foods that we have on hand as much as possible and build menus around that. We will be picking up fresh produce, milk, cheese and a few other things this month because those are important to us and we rely on them as part of our regular diet. We will also be picking up a few treats here and there. Chris and Heather brought us over more elk and venison and will also be giving us some pork from the pig they raised and just had processed. Yes, I do realize just how blessed we are by their generosity and I know that most people do not have this "resource" like we do. During the growing and gardening season, I provide them and the rest of our friends and family with all the cherries, raspberries, blackberries, lettuce and beans, tomatoes and cucumber they could ever want. ;) It saves us all money and is so much healthier since I do not use chemicals on our garden unless absolutely necessary and that only happens once in a blue moon.
I'm going to try to keep track of what I spend to keep myself accountable. I'm not posting a target amount to stick to but am going to try to keep it way below what I normally spend. I want to post and share my progress as an encouragement to myself and to everyone who reads this little blog of mine. :) I know that Becky at https://beckyathome.wordpress.com/ is also doing this type of challenge for herself and her family this month along with some other fellow blogger friends. :) Anyone else want to join in?