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27 Day Food Budget

January 19th, 2014 at 11:08 am

DH is away on a 27 day trip. I'm budgeting $5 per day for food & beverage for those days for myself, plus an extra $40 for 4 days when my brother will be here. Total = $175. What will make this somewhat challenging is that I know there will be some eating out when my brother is here, plus I want to have $45-50 left over on the last day for a big "re-stock" shopping trip since my plan is to eat down much of the inventory in the pantry & freezer, to ensure that nothing goes to waste, and I'll want to replenish so DH doesn't come home to bare cupboards. My plan is to buy only perishables until that last day.

Today is Day 2. Yesterday I spent nothing. Today I spent $8 at the Farmer's Market (for those of you who like to know about food prices that was for a 3-1/4 lb bag of organic mixed root vegetables and a 3/4 lb bunch of rainbow chard).

7 Responses to “27 Day Food Budget”

  1. PauletteGoddard Says:

    Good luck with the food budget. I see you have more willpower than I.

  2. creditcardfree Says:

    That is one tight budget, but if you have quite a few food stores, I expect you will do great!

  3. Rachael777 Says:

    I like the way you read Millionaire Next Door too. Good job on being Balance sheet affluent. Smile

  4. rob62521 Says:

    Wow, you are planning a strict budget, but I have faith in your abilities.

  5. ceejay74 Says:

    That's an awesome challenge! At first I was like, wow, that's really extreme, but $35 per week for one person might be doable. My family aims for about $100-$150 per week, but we're 5 people. So that's really not that far off.

  6. CB in the City Says:

    I regularly spend about $100-120 a month on groceries (not counting pet food and household supplies). For one person, it's very doable.

  7. scfr Says:

    Day 6. Spent $15.93 on groceries. Total $23.93. ceejay & CB are correct, it's quite doable, as long as you eat at home. My goal was not to do an extremely cheap budget (I'll leave that to Jeffrey had his $1 a day challenges) or subsist on only rice & beans (tho I do LIKE rice & beans and some of that will be consumed). The challenge is "banking" enough for a couple meals out when my brother is here and for a big stock-up trip to the grocery store just before my husband returns. Who knows? I may even be able to squeeze in a $3 bottle of wine!

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