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Today I had to go run some errands for our business - but I did not stop at the grocery store. You see, there are eight days left in the month and $8 left in the budget. We have lots of food to eat in our cupboards, fridge and freezer and other than buying milk when we run out I think we can make it.
This budgeting is not forced. We could afford a much larger grocery budget but several years ago I realized how much we were spending on food per month ($1200 per month on groceries and $400 on eating out - yes, it is true!) and decided it had to stop so we could spend that money on things that make our life better like travel. We now eat a full varied diet for $425 for two people and try and only eat out once or twice per month for about $100. This month I stocked up on coffee and fish. I still have loads of chicken and ham in the freezer along with scrimp, scallops and some salmon. There is one ready meal (chili as made a big batch last week) and lots of ingredients in the cupboards to round out our menu. Next month I shall try to find some beef sales.
So, now until the end of the month is a test to see if we stay on budget. We shall see. Tonight we are having a fish fry!