Week One Reflections: Grocery Shopping Shouldn’t Kill My Budget


It’s day seven of 31 Days Living Well Spending Zero. I’ve enjoyed the journey so far. Here’s how it went:

Scariest part

I was worried that too much of my spending is necessity and that, in the end, I wouldn’t be able to save much.

Most excited about 

I’m really looking forward to treating ourselves with anniversary gifts at the end, but I’m also looking forward to adopting new methods (monthly menus and freezer meals) that will save me money on groceries next month, too.

Biggest struggle 

My biggest struggle was knowing how much food I should allow myself to buy. I had not gone grocery shopping for a couple weeks, so I felt like I was allowed a little more. I hope I didn’t overdo it.


Snacks or non necessary groceries. My husband bought some snacks for work, but I can’t blame him. I didn’t provide him with anything else. My goal is to make more homemade snack that he can take.

Worried about

I guess I’m worried that I will overspend on groceries. I don’t really see myself caving anywhere else. I’m used to waiting. I do see us being tempted to eat out if we are in town for too long and get hungry. For those of you who don’t know, I live in rural West Virginia, and going to town means an hour drive over the mountain, and you’re lucky if you don’t get hungry before you get back.

Aha! Moment

Before the challenge, when I sat down and worked out a no-spending budget, and saw how much I really could save, I decided it might be worth it. As far as this week, it was probably when, instead of buying curtains or other things I wanted/needed, I thought about how I could make them instead. Now I’m excited about a few DIY projects.

Most surprising 

It was surprising how easy it was to plan a menu. Also I liked that I could actually look forward to each meal on the menu. It doesn’t feel like I’m sacrificing much there. The other surprise was my grocery bill. I’m still under budget, but I spent more than I thought. I can’t wait to see if I can stay under my budget, which is less than half of what I normally spend each month.

Goals for next week

  1. Spend <$10 on groceries
  2. Bake bread
  3. Make some freezer meals
  4. Prepare some freezer breakfasts for my husband
  5. Make some homemade treats for my husband


4 thoughts on “Week One Reflections: Grocery Shopping Shouldn’t Kill My Budget

  1. Wow! This would definitely be a challenge. I like food too. Ha. And did you make the graphic?? I love it!!! 🙂


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