Thinking of a New Budget

14 Dec

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While finalizing my New Year’s Resolution, I wanted to share a new part of it. This is the first year that I’ll be writing a pretty thorough resolution complete with short term and long term goals. Today’s section is about food.

During the summer, I did my own version of the Food Stamp Challenge where I spent less than $80 a month on groceries. It was pretty successful and it didn’t really change my lifestyle all that much. This time around, for January, I’ll be making a deeper cut into my budget. I’ll be setting my grocery budget to $50 for the entire month with the following conditions:

  • No coupons unless it is already marked off with my rewards cards
  • No processed/frozen food (unless it’s sausage and tofu)
  • Must have balanced meals (no living off of ramen and mac&cheese)
  • Can eat out twice this month (leftovers not allowed and prices don’t count in budget)
  • Spices, oil, and 10 other things in the pantry does not count (it’s a bit cheating, but it’s already in the fridge and I don’t want them to go to waste)

A lot of people say that in order to be healthy, you have to spend a lot more money than to be unhealthy. But I want to prove them wrong, it can be done…to be healthy and to be cheap are not mutually exclusive. Sure, it might not be possible for me to buy organic, but it will be ok. This challenge would probably be the toughest part of my resolution since I love food and I eat 4-6 meals/snacks a day.

So wish me luck as I plan January’s food budget!

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