Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Food spending!

Over the last few weeks, it have become very apparent that we need a smaller food budget. This is the tightest we have ever been financially and food seems to be one of those areas where I should be able to save some money.

With our move from the USA to the UK, we are also dealing with the increased cost of goods because our money is tied to the conversion rate.

There are several people doing incredible challenges with really small spending. And others calculate the cost of each meal. I know some people are incredible with coupon shopping, too (I just have no idea if they even have coupons here -- haven't seen any yet).

Being new to this, I am looking for some advise. What do you do? How do you set your food budget? How much do you spend in a week, or month, or per meal? Any other advise?

Thanks for all your help!

1 comment:

  1. The food budget is the one area I can manipulate to save money too. Some of the ways we save money when we're tight, is to eat lots of potatoes and rice and beans. I don't know what it's like there, but usually beans are the cheapest thing you can find. A bag of dried beans will go a long way. You can make chili or refried beans even, just to name a couple ideas. We used to eat tons of potatoes too (they go on sale pretty frequently). Potatoes with sour cream, chili, cheese or even a little bit of broccoli cheese soup. The best thing is to look at what's on sale (do they have ads there?) and plan your week's meals accordingly. And, in a pinch, you can make a lot of things yourself - bread, pasta, buns, etc. This will save you lots of money too.

    Here's a link to a blog for a family of 5 that's living on $1000/month while her husband is in school:
    http://under1000permonth.blogspot.com

    She's got lots of good ideas too.

    Hope this helps you. :)

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