Our weekly $64 grocery budget has been a big question from family, friends, and readers for years. While I’ve shared the many tips and tricks we use for our $64 grocery budget, I’ve never explained why we have it. Well, today we are going to break it down. I’m going to share why our grocery budget is now at this price point. What a hint to the big reason? Because our $42 grocery budget was too low! I’ll explain this below.
Why Do You Have A $64 Grocery Budget?
It all started with a baby. When I was pregnant with my second child, I realized that our $42 grocery budget just wasn’t going to be enough. I was hungrier, and my 4 year old son was eating like a horse. We’d decided on our $42 grocery budget once we went through our income, and realized that at $42, while using coupons, we could eat real, unprocessed food. We could eat LOTS of real food. No junk. The thing is, I was tired of coupons. So, we had a hungry and tired pregnant mom, a hungry toddler, and an obsession with getting rid of food junk in our home. Our grocery budget needed to increase.
But Why The Specific $64?
I spent time assessing what was working and not working with our grocery budget. I also looked at our household budget and saw spots where we were putting extra money into savings. We sat down and decided that some of the extra savings could go to our groceries. Yes, we stopped putting extra money into our savings to eat well each week. Please notice the word “extra.” When we have an increase in income, we always default to putting it in savings. Since we had that mindset, it was easy to decide to take some of that extra income and move it to the groceries line of the budget. We felt comfortable using an extra $22 per week toward food. Nothing more.
Your Income Is Much Higher Now. Why Not Increase Your Budget?
Great question! Truthfully, our $64 grocery budget is working so well that I see no need to increase it. We now have another kiddo in our home, so we may have in increase it eventually, but because I have a system to our grocery shopping and meal planning, I haven’t had the need to increase it. We still purchase groceries without coupons (Aldi is my new favorite place to shop), and we buy MOSTLY real foods (I love me some Nutella and boxed cake mix).
Also, the lower I keep our grocery budget, the more money we can put towards the FUN parts of our lives. Disney vacations. Tae Kwon Do class. Visiting family members whenever we want. Skydiving. Ok, maybe not the last one, but by keeping our grocery budget as low as possible, we are able to have guilt-free family experiences.
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