Usually tomorrow (Friday) is my grocery day! But this week, tired of the overwhelming mess in my pantry, I’ve decided to challenge myself by not grocery shopping – or at least drastically reducing the amount spent.

The honest mess in my pantry.

The plan: Use as many items in my fridge/freezer and pantry as I can.

Exceptions: I am allowed to purchase Milk, Bread/Wraps, fresh salad ingredients and fresh fruit (lunches and snacks). But ONLY when I’ve run out of the items we already have.

I have plenty of items to bake snacks for school – biscuits/cakes/slices, my freezer has enough meat and misc. items in there, as does my pantry. There were some things I’ve purchased because they were for a recipe that I never made (Tamarind Paste anyone).

My normal grocery budget is $180/week to feed a family of 4 (2x adults, Miss 5 and Mr 4). Overall, I would love to cut that down if possible.

My Goals:

  •  To save as much money as possible from my grocery budget.
  • Stop unnecessary overspending.
  • Get creative with my recipes using food I currently have available.
  • Declutter my freezers (we have one fridge/freezer combo plus an additional freezer).
  • Declutter my pantry.
  • Become more intentional and smarter with my grocery shopping and hopefully get my budget down as much as possible.

What I will report back: Recipes used, actual money spent on purchasing groceries and what I bought, updated pictures of my pantry, a list of anything I’ve thrown out (because of out of date etc) and amazing discoveries (because who knows what’s actually in the freezer & pantry).

CHALLENGE: Look in your pantry and freezer – could it do with a clean out? Instead of throwing out and being wasteful, could you maybe skip a week (or 2) grocery shopping and save yourself some money? What difference would this make to your family?

Let’s bust this grocery budget!!!

Christine xx

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16 thoughts on “Grocery Budget Busting

    1. Oh that’s awesome!! I know I have one largish purchase to make this week (laundry detergent), but otherwise, I’m not sure I’ll need much except milk, some fresh produce that I’m out of. I want to last as long as I can to tidy up my pantry!

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  1. At least once every two months I will go on grocery shopping strike and force everyone to eat everything in the house so I can do a complete cleaning of the fridge, shelves and storage containers. It also helps to use foods so they don’t expire and gives me a paycheck where I have a little wiggle room.

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    1. I think that’s a fantastic idea! I might take that on board once we’ve gotten everything down to a more manageable size! It’s crazy how quickly it adds up and how much I actually do grocery shopping because it’s Friday. Not because we necessarily NEED anything besides milk, bread and fresh produce. It’s just a habit I’ve formed and I’ve always spent at least the $180 because “that’s the budget”. So it’s an experiment that will hopefully break a habit.

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  2. I spend about 400 a fornightly on food without meat or milk or fish or nappies. I don’t have a garden cause it costs more in the summer and with it being a drought i’m glad I didn’t put one in (tank supply for water and it costs $600 to fill it up). Any 1 have any tips, I plan meals and shop fornightly. Family of 4 with 2 adults and 2 children under 5. I have found though if they have collectables at the supermarket shopping bill goes up.

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    1. Angel, I stopped shopping at Woolworths for exactly that reason! I got frustrated with their rewards program and the collectables just seemed to make me spend more!! I now shop at Coles or Aldi. I try to bulk up meals to make them last longer by adding extra veggies etc. (grated carrot/zucchini, frozen peas & corn). Some of the favorites for the kids are: shepherds pie, nachos, spaghetti bolognaise (or use pasta), sausages and veggies. I tend to buy frozen vegs. I think I will write up a post this week about my hints to keep my grocery bill down on a usual week.

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  3. Hi happy housewife,
    I host a Linky party on Mondays. Many bloggers come with articles like these. You remind me of their posts. If you came, you could meet like-minded bloggers.
    I met you on Danny Ray’s site Congratulations on being his featured blogger. I was his featured blogger too! Maybe you can check out my blog if you need a blogging tip or two. That’s what I write about. I also have regular blog parties like Danny. I’m actually having one now and would love for you to come. I blog over at MostlyBlogging.com
    Janice

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