I asked a few days ago on Facebook what was the number one area you’d like help focusing on this month, and received so many great suggestions. Thanks in large part to your ideas, we’ll be starting a 25 Days of Organization series on Monday (I just wasn’t organized enough to get it started sooner. . . ) , 28 Days of Slow Cooker Recipes in February, and 31 Days of Random Acts of Kindness in March. (Are you so impressed I’ve planned things that far ahead of time? I sure am!)
Overwhelmingly though there were comments left requesting a focus on budgeting, and since I want to reign in and track my own spending in 2013, I figured we could all jump in together. Like many folks, I’ve failed to keep good account of my grocery budget over the last few months, and really do want to begin tackling that this year.
So, today I’m sharing my budget goals and I would love (love, love, LOVE!) for you to share yours too. In 2013, my goal is to spend $85 each week at the grocery (which is an increase of about $15 – $20 per week for our family), but I’d really like to stick to that. I did do some major stocking up this week (after not having a regular grocery trip in the last month. . . ) so here’s where I’m at today:
- Aldi: $20.11
- Publix: $63.10
- Sam’s Club: $17.75
While I’m obviously over some this week, I was pretty far under for the last month so I’m letting that slide. However, it’s time to get on track now that our cupboards are stocked up! I’ve increased our budget a bit as my kids are getting bigger, I really do want more room for fresh fruits and veggies instead of so much “snack” food, and I’m trying out how using only printable coupons will work to help save my sanity ~ so I know I will be missing a few deals here and there.
If you need to change your grocery budget in 2013, today is a PERFECT day to start, and I promise, you. can. do. this. (really!) Determine today how you want your year to look, set realistic goals, and decide to take control of your finances instead of allowing them to control you. I can’t wait to hear what your goals are, and am excited to see how we’ll do in 2013 to pinch those pennies even further. You can share your goals by clicking HERE ~ I love hearing from you!
New to budgeting and don’t know where to begin? Here are a few posts that might help you get started:
- Are you on an all cash budget?
- New to couponing? Here’s where to start.
- How Does Your Grocery Budget Look?
- Extreme Coupon Fraud: What You See On TV Isn’t Always Real
- Are You Spending Within Your Budget?
- Save the Way You Can Save: Penny Pinching Is Not A Competition
- Are You Satisfied With Your Penny Pinching?
- You Do Have Time To Coupon (But You Don’t Have To Do Everything. . .)
- Are Coupons For Everyone?