I have a slight twist on this. DH and I overspent this month on groceries (damn Costco!), and I want to make it up in October. So, my goal for a family of five:
$600.00 October's monthly grocery allotment
-272.31 Amount overspent in September
-100.00 School lunches for October
$227.69 Total Amount Budgeted for October Groceries
This won't be easy, but should be doable as we have food in the pantry and freezer, including a turkey, and still have a box of veggies each week from the CSA (not sure when that stops, but sometime in October). It'll be made a little more challenging by the fact that I'm hosting my mom and aunt for a long weekend, and we're taking friends to the cabin for another weekend, but with lots of planning and foresight (NOT my forte), we should be OK.
I'll check in periodically this month.
If you tell us what you hav, perhaps we can offer up ideas :).
This is me (Miss Two-Twenty-Seven Until November) and I've already fucked it up. Made it until October 10. I haven't quite figured out how to wrangle Costco. I like going there, because some things are much cheaper than I can find at any of the other local grocery stores, but I ALWAYS OVERSPEND.
I put a turkey on (had been residing in my freezer forever--decided to cook it and get multiple meals out of it), did some menu planning for the next week (which includes entertaining my folks and an aunt for four days), and I went with a list of fill-in ingredients. But then I wasn't thinking of the fact that everything you buy is in bulk, so instead of the one can of black olives I need for my recipe, I now have eight. Same with diced tomatoes, quinoa, etc. Grand total = $270.
But I did some things right, too, so I don't want to count it as a complete failure. I went off a list, I didn't buy impulse purchases, and I didn't buy anything prepackaged (which, I'll be honest, we normally do). So...a failure that with potential to redeem? I've kicked the goal for ending up flush in the grocery budget into the next month, hoping I can get half-way there this and the rest of the way there by the end of next month.
Once I get through my houseguests, then I'll be looking for advice for some random ingredients. I don't mind serving unusual combinations to my own immediate family, but prefer recognizable dishes for guests, thus all the fill-in ingredients.