Real Food for Real Life

Sunday, February 21, 2010

The Grocery Budget Challenge

I have been reading a number of food blogs lately and noticed that many people are participating in what they are calling the "2010 Challenge."  Basically, they are setting a weekly grocery budget, and actually trying to stick to it, tracking their purchase amounts for the week.  Ben and I have talked many times of trying to use a budget but have never followed through with it.  While I do consider myself to be somewhat a budget shopper who likes to get a lot for my money, I rarely give myself any sort of limit on what I can or will send (for any given month I could not tell you what I have spent on groceries).  In an effort to figure out what I spend in a month and where, and to become a more thoughtful shopper, I have decided to take this challenge myself (for a little while anyway).  Starting today I will spend no more than $150 a week on groceries, this amount to include toiletries, cleaning and laundry products, and alcohol.  On Sundays, I'll give a breakdown on my spending for the week.  This should be interesting...

In this same vein, my friend Trish posted an article this week about food expiration dates, and how they really are not that useful in determining food safety, or even quality.  Being a lover of the grocery markdown, I felt validated in my views after reading this article.  If you would care to read the article as well, you can find it here.

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