Remember when I blogged about our grocery budget, and how I was taking steps to shop and cook frugally? I was feeling a tiny bit proud of myself for being so creative and flexible, and for learning new ways to save money and yet put delicious and nutritious meals in front of my family.
Well. Our total grocery bill for the month of January was $750. Yes, we were 25 percent over our budget. I practically fell off my chair when that number came out of Mr. Peevie's mouth.
What does this mean? Is the budget unrealistic? Or do I just need to try harder? Or both?
My single friend Zzilda, who shops at boutique food stores like Trader Joe's and Whole Foods, told me that she spends close to $500 a month on groceries just for one person! Of course, at those stores you can easily spend $50 just on cheese and crackers.
What do you spend on groceries for your family? Do you try to shop frugally, or do you just go for convenience? Do you shop at different stores to save money? Do you use coupons? (I'm not patient or organized enough to use coupons, but if you can show me a simple, not-too-time-consuming way to do it, I'd consider it.)