I read a post last week that has been on my mind a lot lately. It was (is) entitled "WMFW: What’s your Grocery Budget?" I was intrigued to see what other peoples budgets are. I know mine is low but it works for our family.
Here is an excerpt from her post :
What I’m challenged by lately is all this hype about people who spend so little week-by-week at the grocery store. Ex: “I spend $25.00 a week on my family of four!” So you listen, to find out more of course, and come to find out that in addition to the $25.00 that is spend weekly, they get items out of their stockpile they’ve accumulated in their pantry, garage, and/or freezer. Shouldn’t that count in your weekly spending then?
I don’t mean to sound mean, but where does one’s stockpile money come from then?
First of all, I left a rather long comment on her post, explaining the way my budget works, (like she asked for at the bottom of said post - "What is your grocery budget, if you don’t mind sharing, keeping everything you use in mind?" and she rejected the comment. Hmmm....if you were really interested, why reject a comment that explains how someone does it on less?
This particular part of the post has been bugging me. I DO spend $25ish a week on my family of four. (Check out my grocery trips if you don't believe me!) In that $25 a week, I include fruits and veggies, meats, grains, dairy, and toiletries. I also include my stocking up. Just this past week, I bought 30 bags of cheese, in addition to the produce. This was essentially my grocery shopping for the week. We aren't going to use all the 30 bags in one week, so they went into the freezers. Why would it be far to count them as part of the grocery budget when we use them, since I counted them as part of my grocery budget this week?
When I buy a jumbo pack of chicken and it cost $9, it comes out of that weeks budget. I don't use the whole pack of chicken that week, so it gets divided and thrown into the freezer. It's already bought and paid for from another weeks grocery budget. If I counted this again when I used it, it would be like paying for it twice. But I only paid for it once. Does that make sense?
When I need to go to Sam's to do a stock up trip (and I've only been buying flour from them actually and not in.... a year? LOL), I take the "leftover" money from the past few weeks groceries, and buy my items at Sam's. I've been cooking a lot from scratch, using ingredients that aren't costly - flour, pasta, homemade (and canned) sauce from the garden, etc.
That is another thing. I spent money on seeds two years ago for my garden. Since then, we've either used harvested seeds from the year before, or hubby has gotten plants for free at work. I can or freeze everything my garden produces that we won't use right away. It's another way I keep our budget low.
All of my toiletries I get from Rite Aid and CVS for FREE.
The way I am interpreting her post is that she is really saying, it's pointless to have a stockpile. She'll buy her groceries for the week, and add to her stockpile. But when she gets an item from her stockpile, she charges herself for that item.(Taking it out of her grocery budget for that week.) If you're going to take it out of your budget twice, why would you have bought the item in the first place? Why not wait until you need it?
Maybe I've misunderstood this post. But that's what I'm getting from it. What about you? What do you think? And, What is your grocery budget?
If you want more info on my grocery budget click HERE and HERE.