Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Grocery Budget Challenge for August

August is a hard month for the budget, a close runner up to December for spending.  August is the month of back-to-school shopping and registering for things - school, ballet, skating, holiday show, and so on.  So, in the spirit of keeping things light-hearted, I'm issuing a grocery budget challenge to myself and anyone else who wants to participate.  My grocery budget for the whole month is $500.  Now, as opposed to some folks, I don't include household items in my grocery budget - strictly food products.  So, there's that.  But still, this is not where our grocery budget generally sits and I will definitely be feeling it.  We already did our first grocery shopping for the month, so we've already burned through $132.99 of our $500 budget.  I'm praying that our garden starts producing more than herbs and jalapenos :)  (it's close - we've got lots of flowers on our squash, cucumber, and zucchini plants and several green tomatoes on our three tomato plants).  Feel free to share your favorite whole-food, inexpensive recipes here if you'd like.  And pray.  Pray for diligence and encouragment for me this month.  Sometimes the menu planning, shopping, and meal prep for a large family can be as daunting as you might imagine - it's easy to lose steam.