Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Can We Do It?! Yes, We Can!!!!

Mary at Owlhaven.net has issued a challenge. To spend $75 a week on groceries. I am accepting the challenge, but I'm gonna do $100 a week. Baby Steps.

Around here seems like I either sink or swim. Some months I'm Betty Crocker and cook from scratch without a thought and truly enjoy it. Some weeks I want to do anything but cook and we end up scavenging and eating out too much. This month I'm buckling down!!

I'll be going through the freezer and using all the yummy treasures like our ground beef, ham, tilapia, and even the whole turkey I nabbed for next to nothing last Thanksgiving (it's about time!). I'll be raiding the pantry and using every can of beans, bag of rice, and box of pasta. This CAN be done. I'm convinced!

If you want to learn more about this challenge check out Owlhaven here! And, if you're ALL IN, tell me! I wanna know!! I'm going to be posting some recipes and ideas throughout the month. I know she will be too. Of course, I always love to hear your ideas too, so share and share alike!

Come along for comraderie, financial health, or pure entertainment. Whatever the reason, come on!!

7 comments:

Ahren said...

Yum! I love turkey... I wanna come to that dinner :) Any more painting you need done ;)

Lil Eskimo said...

Ahren...THANK GOODNESS you worked yourself out of a painting job. I'm gonna do some research on ways to use this birdie to the max. I'll keep you posted...dinner date TBD!

The Lowe Family said...

am i in??? yeah right! i can barely stay on our $150 grocery budget...holy crap. $75?!? does she have 5 kids?

Lil Eskimo said...

she has 10!! she's written a book about feeding a family on $75/week. BUT, she bases it on a family of 4. with 12 mouths to feed, she spends frugally, but considerably more. she is doing the $75 challenge, but they have a HUGE garden, lots of canned garden stuff, and raise their own beef. so they're already ahead of the game.

the goal really is just to do something to stretch yourself. that's why i'm doing $100. she made the great point that this isn't to compare yourself to any other family. just to focus on improving the financially efficiency of your own family.

Lauren, Daniel, James and baby Brendan. said...

Dena,
We grocery shop for a very reasonable cost by following The Grocery Game. We routinely save between 40 and 50% on groceries. I love it ! I heard about it from a friend and have passed it on to other friends. Takes a little time and dedication to get started, but if gets easy and the pay off is big. Just Google it and I am sure you can find it.
It was so nice meeting you today! :-)
Lauren

Denise said...

We are only a family of 3 (+ a little dog) so if Mary can do this, then so can I... at least that's what I tell myself. I'm gonna be posting about it tomorrow cos that's when I get my groceries in. Good luck with yours:)

Laura @ Laura Williams' Musings said...

Good Luck in the challenge! It's gonna be tough but here's hoping all of us challengers can do it!