The past few shopping trips I've made are showing me that $25 a week for groceries is getting hard to do. Especially since I'm trying to come in UNDER $25 so that I can put extra money into "the meat fund" for when I have to restock on meat supply.
I'm not sure if why it's getting harder and harder. If you remember back when I started this challenge, I was easily spending less than even $20 a week. Now it seems like it's all I can do to keep it from going OVER $25.
I'm wondering if one of these isn't the culprit:
~ My supply of things from my pre-$25/week days of buying bulk and stocking up are starting to run out, so I'm having to re-stock on some things.
~ I'm getting lazy in my menu planning and using what I have on hand.
My guess is that it is a combination of both. I'm probably not being as careful in going over what I have on hand and finding recipes to fit, and simply not making recipes that I don't have the ingredients for. At the same time, if I can menu plan and shop carefully enough, I should be able to restock 1 or 2 things at a time as needed and not blow the budget. At least that's the perfect picture in my mind. I guess it all boils down to the fact that I need to "play the cards" more carefully. What are some things that you do??