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The Simple Prep-Ahead Meal Plan

The Simple Prep-Ahead Meal Plan

Do you want easy meals that you can pull from the freezer & then put straight into the crockpot? Do you want to have a prepped grab & go breakfast so you don’t have to swing through Starbucks AGAIN? This meal plan is here to […]

Your Words Can Change Her Story

Your Words Can Change Her Story

Day in and day out I see little girls, teen girls, and women come through my office door feeling like they have failed. Failed their diet. Failed at life. Failed their bodies. I have the privilege of hearing their stories and being part of helping […]

Grocery Budget – January 2019

Grocery Budget – January 2019

So, how did I do on the January Grocery Budget Challenge?! We (mostly) stayed in budget, but we also had some challenges. I lost a couple of receipts (but was able to track the expenses in our YNAB account) and we went over on our going out to eat budget. Overall though, I think we did pretty good considering where we started. Progress not perfection.

Here is the amount we spent in January:

Week 1 – $98.32

Week 2 – $279.44 (Stock up trip to Costco)

Week 3 – $148.43

Week 4 – $289.53 (Another Costco trip)

Week 5 – $93.06

Total on groceries: $908.78

We spent right at $300 on going out to eat – our budget was $200. We kind of blew that, but I feel pretty ok with it since we typically spend that much on going out to eat AND $1200 on groceries. So, overall a win. A quick reminder that we are a family of 5 – 2 adults, a 10 year old, 7 year old, & 4 year old. We eat gluten-free and almost 100% organic – that’s what works for our family, and it may look different what works for yours!

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What worked? What could I do better?

Overall, I think tracking was SUPER helpful to keep me from spending on those extra items. Meal planning also really helps keep the extra expenditures in check. When I go to the store with a very specific plan and already know exactly what items I have on hand at home, I spend less. BUT – we could totally do better and reduce our going out to eat budget. I think that may be my next big focus. We don’t go out often, but when we do, I like to eat really good quality food… which can be expensive.

If you want to see more about my grocery budget in the month of January – go check out my saved Instagram stories.

I’d love to hear how your month went. Let me know how grocery budgeting has been working for your family and what has helped!

Just a reminder – you can still get your free grocery budgeting worksheets to track your family’s expenses!

Best Ever Paleo Crepes

Best Ever Paleo Crepes

I have tried a variety of paleo crepes and none of them have the same delicious texture or hold up to fillings like the gluten-filled version. After playing around with multiple versions of this recipe, I finally got consistently delicious results. I even had recipe […]

Grocery Budget Challenge

Grocery Budget Challenge

Ah, the New Year. It’s a time for fresh starts and goal setting. For me, one of the things I want to focus on is our budget. Specifically our grocery budget. I don’t know about you, but I way overspent in December and need to […]