The March Madness Grocery Budget

Let the madness begin, but I’m not talking about basketball.   Some friends and I have decided for each of us to come up with a “personal challenge” for the month of March.  My challenge is to plan our meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) from the current (as of today) pantry and freezer items we have on hand.  I have only allowed $20 a week to supplement with fresh dairy, veggies or bread.

That’s it! $20 bucks a week for food for the entire month of March.  I have already put this weeks $20 in my grocery envelope.  This challenge will not include purchases of medicines or medical supplies, gas or work related expenses, or the occasional bottle of corona with lime.  Food products only.  Right now my pantry, fridge and freezers are pretty well stocked, so honestly I think we’ll be just fine.

I do have a trip planned for March, and the challenge will not be in effect during that time.  But I do want to keep meal expense to a minimum.  I’ll let you know how that works out.

I’ll post the meals (hopefully with pics) and grocery purchases weekly for accountability.

The thing about a challenge of any kind is that it’s a reminder for you to stay focused on the end goal.   I feel pretty good knowing that we’ll be ok on $20 a week for groceries but having that challenge makes sure I’m not just mindlessly stopping at the store because I feel like having whatever for dinner, or because I haven’t planned ahead.

Would you like to join in?  What personal challenge or goal do you want to reach in March?  It doesn’t have to be grocery budget related.  It could be anything you want it to be like exercise, drinking enough water, not drinking sodas, cutting back on sugar, or writing in your gratitude journal, helping others, organizing your living space…..  it can be anything.  I’d love to hear about it.

Till Next Time,


4 thoughts on “The March Madness Grocery Budget

  1. I have 2 trips in March (1 business and 1 to my Moms) so 90% of my food is taken care of….Not much else we need so I am hoping for a 50% reduction from Feb’s spending. I’m thinking 500.00 for food only.
    My other goals is 5000 steps 4 days a week or 35,000 for the week.

  2. My challenge will be to meal plan, prep ahead, shop from a list and use up what we have in our freezer before buying anything more.

    I am also hoping to be able to get on my treadmill as my hip/knee/sciatica/back allow. My hope is 3x per week for a minimum of 30 minutes.

    1. Meal planning saves in so many ways…. time, money, frustration and waste. Take it easy on the treadmill and don’t do too much.

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