One day last week Mr. BMM and I were talking about expenses. He commented how expensive it must be to eat a Strongman diet. I asked him what he thought we spent per month on food, snacks, toilet paper, etc. He ever so sweetly thought we spent $300 a month. I kindly responded that we spend about $250 per week. And then I built a tracking file for all of our food and home expenses for 2020. I was pretty close to that budget number. WE SPEND $37.47 PER DAY!
Let me give some context about our diets. I have 14 food allergies so eating a meal with pasta, rice, or other filling grains does not work for me. Popping popcorn for a snack, while inexpensive, will cause me to get very sick. While Mr. BMM deviates from my allergy free foods at times, we primarily eat high protein meals with veggies and fruit. But I still think we have an opportunity to reduce our costs.
Inspired by reading America’s Cheapest Family book where they spent $350 per month to feed their family of 7 back in 2007, I’m going to be making some changes. What am I looking to change? Good question. A couple things are on the horizon to change.
- Price compare meat prices. Ask a friend to go with them to a warehouse membership store, buy meat in bulk and spend a little bit of time breaking the whole package down.
- Kick brand loyalty to the curb. After looking at our kitchen and personal items, we are brand loyal to Cottonelle toilet paper. That’s about to change since I refuse to pay an increased price! I recently price compared toilet paper and Angel Soft is cheapest. We will see how that works out for us.
- Meal plan for two weeks. Usually I would meal plan each week and pick up whatever we needed during that week’s shopping trip. I’m now going through the kitchen and writing a list of meals that we can make with what is in the kitchen at the time and only picking up necessary items.
- Make from scratch vs. buy. A couple months ago I started making my own chocolate energy bars (absolutely delicious!). I just emailed Mr. BMM a homemade chocolate clif bar recipe and asked him what he thought. Because he takes them to work, I will have to put them in individual plastic bags. He needs to be able to snack without touching the food since his hands get dirty. The total start up cost for these bars is about the same price a 1 box of 12. You know that I’m going to get more than 12 bars out of my original ingredient purchase!
- WHAT WOULD YOU ADD TO THIS LIST?