Okay, here I go with my first Thoughts for Thursday post. Budgets – boring, some-what depressing topic I know, but I’m looking for a little advice. When it comes to a grocery budget, I am really struggling. I have no idea where to begin! I have one friend who spends $80 a week on groceries. I spend anywhere from $80 to $160!! That is quite a difference!! Am I out of control? I meal plan, cut coupons, and watch ads. I think I have things all ready to go and I am not going to overspend, but then I get to Walmart and I start putting things in my cart that are not on my list – sometimes reasonable like bananas, just forgot to put them on the list. Other times things end up in my cart that are just not necessary – Crest Whitestrips, jumbo sidewalk chalk, DVD’s, unhealthy snacks – someone else must put these items in my cart when I’m not looking! I try so hard to stick to my list – I must not have any self-control!!
Anyway, how much is normal to spend on groceries each week? Is $160 totally crazy for a family of 4 (including a 3 year old who eats like a bird and a 15 month old who only eats meat and cheese)? I’ll take suggestions if you have them!!