One of our goals for 2010 is to avoid eating out all year. Over the past month I've noticed something strange...my freezers are almost empty. I had a large stock pile of meat and vegetables in both of the freezers and today both of my freezers are almost empty!! We are going through a huge amount of food eating all of our meals at home. I didn't even think that my grocery budget might need to go up!
I would love to say that I think our budget will stay the same but honestly I don't think it will. I already make almost every single thing from scratch. I only buy 4 boxes of cereal a month and those are for emergencies like if I get sick or we have to leave extremely early in the morning. I make breakfast, lunch, and dinner for all seven of us everyday. My family doesn't do meatless meals unless it's pizza. I'm not ready to fight that battle with the rest of them just yet.
I'm going to work on a monthly meal plan for all of our meals today. I'm also writing down a very specific grocery list and including prices so I know how much wiggle room I have. I'm also going to be checking out some different stores to compare prices. I have found at a local organic store unbleached organic local flour for under $.80lb and 100% grass fed beef for $3.89lb I placed an order for a 50lb bag of flour and will be picking up some meat when I pick up my flour.
Have you noticed your grocery bill creeping up when you only eat at home?