Many years ago I took a look at our family finances in search of ways to trim our food budget. Being a stay-at-home mom (SAHM) I thought that would be a good first step to help improve our financial situation – I did not want to waste ANY more money at the grocery store!!
So I started learning about couponing. This was about 5 years ago, and I have to say that the whole saving-money-through-using-coupons protocol has sure changed during that time. In order to make any headway, I was finding that I had to work harder and harder and spend more and more time to make a difference in that budget item.
And neither I nor my family were willing to just give up on eating!
I guess I must have missed the memo that something (else) had to change…
That something, of course, was the way I went about shopping – and this has to do not only with grocery shopping, but also generalized shopping for the family (a topic for another post).
You just can’t always buy what you want higgelty-piggelty and hope it all works out!
At the end of 2014, while I was looking through our family finances, I discovered I’d spent a staggering $11,464.55 on groceries! So you can imagine that I was really happy to discover Erin Chase at $5 Dinners. I was excited and intrigued about the idea that I could feed a family of 4 for about $5/meal (of course, given I have a family of 5, I knew it’d be a bit more for me).
I ordered her meal plan for awhile, and it gave me some good ideas and recipes upon which to build a solid foundation.
Later in the year I finally made the decision to try her Grocery Budget Makeover. I had been reading about it for some time, so by the time registration opened for her fall class, I was ready to give it a try. What, I thought, did I have to lose? (See answer below 😉 )
Here’s the skinny on the Grocery Budget Makeover
(Please note: I went through the class in fall of 2015. I recently received an email from her announcing that her upcoming class has been improved. I don’t exactly know how, since I don’t need to take it again, but that does sound like good news, no?!)
The GBM lasts 10 weeks, and presents a total plan to curb your spending at the grocery store. From the “Art of Creating a Shopping List” to meal planning to stockpiling (or not) to couponing and kitchen hacks, Erin covers all the areas you need to look at to save money. She also includes worksheets, videos and a private FB group where you can pose questions, find support or get accountability. Saving money on groceries is more than just couponing, folks. It’s imperative to get your family on board, and yes, you DO need to do things differently.
Here’s how Erin explains the program:
As you can see, it’s a whole new way of doing something you do for your family every. single. day. (And here’s the link she referred to: GroceryBudgetMakeover.com)
Let me tell you, Erin’s the one to learn all this from – she’s been featured on The Today Show, Fox & Friends, and Rachael Ray, and given the “thumbs up” by Dave Ramsey!
Learn to Save (more!) Money at The Grocery Store!
And what better time than NOW to develop new habits? Habits that will save you money down the line, help your family eat better, and take the stress out of meal planning and prep for you?! Ladies, trust me: I’ve gone through the course myself, and I have your back on this one!
So, to answer the question above: in an effort to stop wasting money on groceries and going through the Grocery Budget Makeover…what did I lose?
I lost a bunch of things:
- Generalized stress over grocery shopping
- Anxiety watching the balance rise as I checked out at the store
- Worry over how I was ever going to make it to our next paycheck and grocery allowance
- Lack of self-control over what I picked up when I went food shopping
- That daily frustrating question: “What am I gonna make for supper tonite?” or even worse: “What do I even HAVE in the pantry or the fridge to make supper tonite?”
Yikes, I almost forgot something important! Erin only offers this class 2 or 3 times a year, and
she just opened registration again yesterday.
**Registration for this current class has closed and will re-open again in May.
Click on the image below to stay updated**
Let me encourage you to review what I lost (above), think about what YOU have to gain, and consider doing yourself the same favor this year 🙂
If you have ANY questions about the class, please feel free to leave them in the comments below, or shoot me an email.
I’ll be glad to answer them for you, but keep in mind I have only my own personal experience to draw from…
Here’s to a great, money-saving 2016 for you and your family! <3
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