“I cant believe food costs money” – Megan Boyle
Its no secret that Mr Fire and I like our food, we also spend a fair bit of money on it too. After one of our hour long countryside walks we decided to set ourselves a challenge. What if we could eat well and save a bit of money off the food bill in the process? This is our our Frugal Food Challenge was born. Challenging yourself to spend less on food is nothing new and it certainly isn’t our original idea, but to us its rather scary. We regularly overspend on food and we have always put this down to lumping all our other household expenses in with food (such as toiletries, DIY equipment..)
From next month I’m going to start splitting out food and other household expenses to see if we really are overspending on food.
Why do we want to do this challenge?
- To see how much we actually spend on just food a week
As I mentioned above, we do lump several things into our “food budget” which distorts the actual figure of what we spend on food
- To see how much we actually eat in a week.
There is only 2.5 of us in the house so it would be a good starting point to see what we are eating and if we need to clean our diet up a bit.
- To avoid food wastage.
We always have something in our cupboards which is a good thing with us living so far away from any shops. The only things we should really be “stockpiling” is staples that don’t spoil such as pasta, rice, tinned goods.
- To see if there is any room to reduce our food bill
We may well be wasting our energy focusing on trying to reduce the food bill if there really is no room for improvement. If this is the case then I thing we should change the challenge to reducing our household goods spending instead.
Over this month I will be tracking exactly what we eat and how much it costs to see where we can save money.
How do you reduce your spending?