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How To Budget For Groceries Every Month

Budgeting is very important to your household finances, whether it’s for groceries or car buying. There just has to be a limit to your spending or your home and life could end in chaos. But that discussion is for another day. So, to prevent some chaos, I’m going to explain how to budget for groceries every month.

There are some factors we have to think about when it comes to setting up a grocery budget for instance, your income. You can’t spend what you don’t have.

Some other factors are cost of living in your area, the size of your family, how much you are willing to cook from scratch, and your diet. A very restrictive diet would cost you more because some items needed might be harder to find or priced higher because of ingredients.

What ever the factor influencing your budget, here is how to budget for your groceries every month.

Calculate Your Monthly Grocery Needs

Estimate the amount of meals and snacks required to feed your family. You can do this by thinking about your schedule and how many meals will actually be eaten at home. This can be done through meal planning. Maybe start with just one week worth of meals.

If your family are meat lovers, estimate how many whole chickens, pounds of ground beef, or packages of sausages your family goes through in a week. If you have some fruit lovers, how many packages of strawberries or mandarin oranges would it take. Be sure to account for holidays and special occasions such as birthdays. *Think of essentials before snacks.

Budget for groceries

Establish A Realistic Budget

Let me give you a basic to start with. Go to your state’s department of social services website. Or maybe you can just Google it, right? Look up the average amount your state government is awarding, per person, food stamp benefits. The reason for this is so that you can see what your state thinks the minimum amount of money you should be spending on food based on cost of living.

Once you have that amount, then you multiply it by the number of people in your household. The total you get should be your starting point. To some this may be too low and for some, it may be too high. The point is, you know where to start and what is reasonable.

According to my state, to feed my family at the minimum should cost me $1,305. The way I shop, I can feed my family for way less. But if I was just starting to figure things out, that would be a reasonable place to start.

Track Your Spending

Another way to figure this budgeting thing out is to track your expenses. Save your grocery receipts for a month or two then add your totals up. If your bank have those handy tools that categorize your spending, just take a look at that to get an idea how much you are already spending. You can either compare it to your state’s total or use this as a base.

You also need to track your spending once you set a budget. This will allow you to keep track of how much you are going over or staying under. After a few months, you can come back to the drawing table and make adjustments.

Budget Friendly Shopping Strategies

Some things you can do to lower your budget are prioritizing your essential items, take advantage of sales, and try different brands. Make sure you are covering your basic items first, you know, the milk, bread, eggs. Then find items at a lower price by waiting for a sale or price comparison.

Trying not to be brand or store loyal will also help with your budget. If you notice, there will be some stores that are great for meat sales, some will have the best price on fruits and veggies, and some will have regular can good sales. Shopping in bulk can sometimes help save a few dollars also.

Re-evaluate And Adjust As Needed

Regularly re-evaluate your budget to reflect the changing needs of your family. Remember to adjust your grocery budget based on your family size. Staying mindful of your budget to achieve your financial goals is always a great way to control the chaos in your home.

Setting a reasonable grocery budget is important for several reasons. First, it ensures financial stability by preventing you from overspending, leaving room in your budget for other expenses such as housing, utilities, and savings. It encourages mindful spending and promotes healthier eating habits.

By having a clear spending limit, you are more likely to make better choices and reduce impulse buying of unhealthy snacks or things you don’t need. Go start your budget today.

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