So for the last few weeks I have really been working hard to simplify our life, David is more and more busy and napping less.
I have simplified how I coupon and how I do things around the house. With that said it is time to make more changes I will no longer be tracking my savings by entering my receipts, honestly I can see the savings right their on the receipt. I have also been doing this long enough to know that I am saving my family the money and don’t feel the need to show it on paper with a specific amount!
With that said we are going to participate in an additional challenge this week starting on Monday, we will do this with Our Coupon Adventures.
They shared this with us this morning!
So we came across a great article in USA Today, it talks about the cost of feeding a family of 4 healthy meals at home. The USDA is stating that the “latest numbers for a four-member family: a thrifty food plan, $146 a week; a low-cost food plan, $191 a week; a moderate-cost plan, $239; a liberal plan, $289 a week. Some food waste is built into these costs.”
These numbers include every meal prepared at home including snacks. I am an avid couponer and I am pretty good about shopping for deals, so I think that our cost would be even less than that! When I look at how much I spend on food, I found the numbers were quite staggering and eye opening because the amount of money spent on fast food/restaurants/take out were crazy high.
I needed to make a change in how much we were spending and our overall diets.
The big myth that was talked about is that you can’t eat healthy on a budget. That was the sentence that stuck out to me. I tend to buy healthy food for the most part, but I am a sucker for junk as well.
This eye-opening experience drove me to create a plan of action. I have decided to challenge myself to get better at feeding my family on a smaller budget, BUT it had to be healthy. We have to not eat out for one whole week. I have to prepare all the meals at home.
This will require planning.
So I have decided to start a 7 day eat at home challenge and invite you to join me! The challenge can be whatever you need to do in order to eat better for less and at home. For me because we do like to eat out, is to make copy cat recipes at home. I know it can be done, because there are a few recipes I do make at home that are copy cats’s from PF Changs, Cheesecake Factory, and Olive Garden.
Also, I need to plan out the meals for the entire week, this is where it tends to get more stressful for me, because who knows what I feel like eating on Wednesday or how busy we will be on Saturday.
But, I am determined to make this happen. I feel like if I can get through this 7 day challenge with very little headache, then this maybe something I cam implement at least 2-3 weeks per month.
My goal is to drop my food budget by 40%. Join us and see if you can do it too!
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I will share our meal plan Monday with links to the recipes that are available here on the blog! Meal Planning is one way that I keep things more simplified here in our home as it is one less thing I have to worry about! I will try to get the Meal Planning page back up this week as well.