I'm so glad this is over.
I'm so thankful that we don't have to live on food stamps.
I'm so happy I don't have to document my food budget anymore.
I thought this would be a fun challenge, but the last week proved the opposite. We went over our $360/month budget. Katy at the Non-Consumer Advocate set the limit at $101/person making the total $404, but I thought I could be under that. I ended up near Katy's limit. Now remember that the Oregon Food Stamp program allows a family of 4 to receive $668 in food stamps. That is only for food items, no toilet paper, shampoo, etc. That is $22+ a day to be spent on food. At $400/month it ends up at $13+ a day.
I learned a lot through this month, but most of all that my bulk shopping can be a hindrance sometimes. I like to buy everything I can in bulk e.g., dry goods (oatmeal, raisins, flour, etc). This can be detrimental to a monthly budget if you're not careful. I also starting purchasing local milk and at $4.99/gallon that put a big pinch in the budget. But, I'm learning slowly to work around it :)
What did you think of the JFSC? What would you have done differently? How much do you spend on groceries a month?