Yesterday after work I went to the Asian grocery store to pick up some fresh produce.
- 3 bulbs of garlic
- 1 apple
- 3 bananas
- 1 bag of baby mandarin oranges
- 1 red pepper
- 1 red onion
- organic lemonade
- 4 packages of udon noodles
TOTAL = $11.47
I’m still so amazed why people buy their produce from Safeway, when the same items there would have cost at least $20. Although, I do need to go to Safeway either today or tomorrow to pick up some essentials that the Asian store doesn’t carry.
This month’s challenge is to set a monthly food budget for yourself (and your family, if applicable), and stick to it! If you would like to join me in my challenge, please leave a comment and indicate how much your budget is for.
This food budget can include just your groceries, or just your dining out budget, or both of them combined. My budget of $200/month is for both of them combined, because I like the flexibility.
And for those who weren’t with me last year when I did these challenges, this challenge will last from February 1-28th. And on Fridays I’ll put up a Weekly Recap post, where you can post a comment about how you’re doing so far. Previously, I’d take these comments and add them to my post, but I won’t do that this year because it was just way too much work. But other than that, it’ll be exactly the same as last year.
So far, we have
14 46 participants!
What’s your February Food Budget?
- Happy runner – €100
- Jayme – $100 (dining out)
- ashley – $130 (groceries)
- Making up for past mistakes – $140 (groceries)
- Over the Cubicle Wall – $145 (dining out and groceries)
- Candie – $150 (dining out and groceries)
- Meg25 – $150 (dining out)
- PJ – $150 (dining out and groceries)
- Renee – $150 (dining out and groceries)
- So Very Fabulous – $150 (groceries)
- Erica – $160
- Steward– $160 (family)
- Kathleen – $170
- Busy Girl – $200 (dining out and groceries)
- Confused – $200
- courtneyryan369 – $200
- GREENI$BLACK – $200 (for 2, groceries)
- krystalatwork – $200 (dining out and groceries)
- Northern Living Allowance – $200
- One Year Rent-Free – $200 (dining out and groceries)
- Rags2Riches – $200 (dining out and groceries)
- Simplelivin’ – $200 (for 2)
- stackingpennies – $200
- tbonez – $200
- Divine Diva In NC – $250
- Jonez – $250
- Les@SpillingBuckets – $250 (for 2)
- Looby – $250 (for 2)
- rhonalala – $250 (dining out and groceries, for 2)
- Frugal Dreamer – $300 (for 2)
- Jessica – $300 (dining out and groceries)
- Serendipity – $300 (for 2)
- FOO – $320 (dining out and groceries, for 3)
- Jen C – $320 (groceries, for 5)
- Kristen@TheFrugalGirl – $320 (for 6)
- Brian – $350 (dining out and groceries)
- Debt Dieter – $400 (dining out and groceries)
- honugurl16 – $400 (dining out and groceries, for 4)
- Little Miss Moneybags – $400 (for 2)
- Miss M – $400 (for 2)
- paranoidasteroid – $400 (dining out and groceries, for 2)
- manse_life – $500 (for 5)
- Shevy – $550 (for 3)
- Val – $600 (dining out and groceries, for 3)
- mickmack – $800 (for 6)
I’ve brought my lunch to work every day this month. It was definitely a lot easier than when I did my February-March Lunch Challenge, and I feel a sense of accomplishment.
I’d like to start doing these monthly challenges again because they definitely helped me. But they were a lot of work, doing the weekly updates and posting up everybody’s progress. Perhaps if I do it again, instead of posting everyone’s progress, I’ll just write a post asking for updates, and participants can just scroll through the comments to see how everyone is doing.
But if I did a monthly challenge again, I’d probably do groceries. That, or dining out. Those seem to be my real budget busters these days.