Budgeting groceries for a family of 5 (plus I am pregnant!) can be challenging. I have got it down to a science now and it’s a well oiled machine that doesn’t take a whole lot of thought now. In order to stay on budget each month you need to set a number and stick to it. Plan out your grocery trip based on your budget. If you don’t have money in the budget for steaks this week then go with something less expensive. It’s all about sticking to your budget and being disciplined about it.
We set a budget of $400 a month for our family of 5 (soon to be 6). I go grocery shopping every week-2 weeks depending on how much milk and produce we have on hand. I make a meal plan each week and I plan around what is on sale. Each Spring we buy half a cow from a local farmer so I always have beef in my freezer. If pasta and crescent rolls are on sale this week then I might include lasagna, beef stroganoff and taco pie in my meal plan. I just plan around what is on sale. I also use coupons to go along with the sales so I can get things at the lowest possible price.
By the end of the month if I have impulse shopped at the beginning of the month then we will be getting less at the store and living off the pantry until the start of a new month. This is always a good time to eat things in the pantry that have gone unused.
By sticking to our budget we have been able to live without being paycheck to paycheck. There is always money in each allotted category of the budget and we have been able to build up our savings. It’s all about saying no sometimes. You can’t always get everything that you want at that moment but the rewards are huge if you stick to it! After awhile it becomes second nature to live off the budget and not go over.
Cub Foods wants to help with your grocery budget so they are having an AMAZING contest right now on Facebook. The last number I heard was that they were only at 30 entries. That means your odds are VERY good! I encourage you to enter!! All the details are below so scroll down.
How it works:
1. Visit the Cub® page on Facebook
2. Click on the button to “Like” Cub’s Facebook Page.
3. Click on the “Love Your Cub” contest app on the Facebook platform by clicking on the link to the Contest page.
4. Enter the Contest by completing the entry form and uploading a video (“Video”) or photo (“Photo”) and description (“Description”).
5. Check the box indicating your agreement to these Official Rules, and then click on the button to submit your entry.
6. Get your friends to vote every day through September 29th
7. Top 10 entries will be eligible for the grand prize and be chosen by a panel of judges including shopping experts, creative directors and employees of Cub.
Limit one (1) entry per person / Facebook account.
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. ENTRANTS MUST BE LEGAL RESIDENTS OF MINNESOTA
OR ILLINOIS AND 18 YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER AT THE TIME OF ENTRY. JUDGES VOTING CRITERIA: 50% Weight – Photo or Video Content and Visual Appeal (Photo quality, clarity and design; conveyance of “Show Your Love” idea and/or personality shown by entrant; overall aesthetic appeal of photo.)25% Weight –Show Your Love/Concept (Appeal of idea to other customers; uniqueness, amusement or intrigue of idea; applicability of concept to overall Cub® ® brand. )25% Weight – Description – Concise expression of idea in 140 characters or less
PRIZES: One grand prize of $4,500 in the form of 100-45 Cub® gift cards will be awarded to the winner!! Four $45 Cub® gift cards will be awarded at random to fans who share photos or videos.
You can go enter the Love Your Cub Contest Now! Good Luck!!