It’s almost fall. As the temperature slowly starts to drop (at least in theory – not in the Midwest, though, apparently), that means it’s time for football games, homemade chili, sweater weather, and new goals. First up? Food! Most months our grocery budget comes in at around $250 for the two of us. Typically, household goods (that’s a really fancy way to say toilet paper and other assorted necessities) is included in that price.* However, I would really like to see if we can reduce our budget by 20% and keep our spending to $200 this month.
Here’s what I won’t do:
- Waste food we’ve already purchased in August
- Ignore the food that’s growing in our garden
- Stop eating the foods we like
- Switch to mostly processed, prepackaged food
Here’s what I will do:
- Record every receipt total plus list the actual items purchased
- Track what staple items I’m using that I did not have to buy this month
- Indicate when produce comes from the store or our garden
- Attempt to incorporate more all-natural and organic items into our diet
Additionally, I’m not going to claim that we are dietitians or even model eaters. We try to eat healthfully, and I’m hoping this exercise makes us even more aware of what we’re putting into our bodies. But in the interest of full disclosure…sometimes Mr. P eats like he has six stomachs. And I have a sweet tooth. And eating the same thing for lunch every day of my life is fine by me.**
Since I’ll be keeping an extra close eye on our food this month, I figure it’s only logical to declutter the kitchen as well. Though you’d never guess it from my post about consumerism, clutter, and Clueless, we live with a lot of invisible clutter. What I mean is that the flat surfaces in my home are already mostly sans stuff all the time (see, Ms. Kondo, I can be taught!). However, the accoutrements lurking inside our cabinets and hiding in drawers are another story. I’ll start by taking inventory and hopefully by the month’s end, I’ll have bid adieu to the hard-boiled egg slicer.
Here goes nothing!
*This is where all those people who hate on couponers may have to eat a little crow. Mmm. Tasty.
**Peanut butter and jelly, I can’t seem to quit you.
So Tell Me…What are your goals for September? How much do you spend on groceries? Do you have any tips for decluttering your kitchen?