Two years ago my husband and I decided that it would be best for our marriage and our family to leave a very lucrative and high pressure career to start our own business. So, he saved up enough to get us through the first 18 months without a paycheck and we were sure that’s all it would take until we could support ourselves.
Excuse me while I chuckle and snort.
We have gone through some dramatic and intense changes in our way of thinking, in our marriage and family, in our thoughts and desires, in our relationship with God and ESPECIALLY in our finances.
I really thought I had been doing my best by having a grocery budget of $700-$800 dollars a month. I was spending roughly $120 a week for the six of us to eat, keep our clothes clean, our bottoms wiped, my make-up on, our bodies groomed, my house scoured and fresh, entertaining friends and family, and periodically giving meals as gifts to new moms.
But necessity is the mother of invention, and our new life choices were necessitating a change in our shopping. What started as a drastic life change because we had no other choice, soon became a thrilling beat-the-system challenge to feed our family for less. So, we instituted what seemed to be the most ridiculous grocery budget imaginable….
For our family of six we were going to attempt to spend $50 a week on groceries.
I know, you’re first thought is NO-WAY! But darn it, when I set my mind to something I don’t accept failure easily. We were going to attempt to slash our grocery budget by more than half and I knew some sacrifices were going to need to be made.
So here were our parameters:
- Our new budget would cover food, toiletries, cosmetics, household cleaning supplies, entertaining and food gifts.
- My goal dollar figure for each week would be $50.
- We were going to have re-evaluate what we though were “needs”.
- We were going to have to be creative.
So here is where I get your feedback. I thought it might be interesting to some of you to follow along as we attempt this huge challenge. But maybe you’re thinking…. “Ho-hum, really don’t care, Gayle. Just give us more poopy stories.” So if you are interested please leave me a comment to let me know you want me to do a weekly post on this. If there is a lack of comments I’ll assume you would rather I stick to excrement and chocolate and leave it at that.
Here’s your chance to speak up!