My husband started teaching a new class at our church this weekend. It’s a six-week stewardship class using the book Money: God or Gift.
People come to the class for many reasons, some come because they want to learn to budget, other want to get out of debt and other want to learn to trust God in a new way, with their finances.
During the class today I started thinking about different ways to save money, actually just ways to spend less money and the grocery budget is one of the best I can think of.
Think about it for a minute, you can’t really change your mortgage/rent payment, insurance, etc. mostly stay the same. Some utilities vary by season like the electric bill or gas. The grocery bill can fluctuate based on what you choose to buy.
The Cheapest Plant-Based Meal Plan
A few years ago I created a really cheap plant-based meal plan. Unlike my normal weekly meal plans this meal plan was designed for a family of four (two adult and two children) for seven days. This meal plan also includes a shopping list to feed your family for $55 or less per week!
I’ll admit that you may have to alter this meal plan a bit, especially if you have food allergies. The goal of it was to eat an inexpensively as possible, not as healthy as possible Still, I think it is a great start for anyone trying to cut your food budget.
Stretch Even Further
Prices will vary based on where you live and what stores you have available. If you are really struggling financially you can make this spread even further by getting a food box from a local food pantry.
I personally know some people who are really struggling financial and they refuse to ask for help. Let me say this very clearly. There is no shame in getting help. Most of us have donated to food drives or to charities. Everyone struggles from time to time. If you need help ask for it. Don’t be ashamed, don’t be too proud.
It has been over a year since my husband lost his job. In some ways it seems like it was only yesterday and in other ways it seems like a lifetime ago. Our life has changed a lot since then including a role reversal at home. I went to work full-time and Jim is the stay at home dad. We both have side business’ but haven’t replaced the income we lost in August of 2014.
Get the Meal Plan Free
I’m offering this meal plan for FREE. Why? Because I want to prove you don’t have to be rich to eat healthy.
The pdf includes meals planned for breakfast, lunch and dinner, links to recipes and a shopping list. It is only 5 pages (you can skip printing the cover).
All you have to do is to sign up for my newsletter and you’ll get your FREE copy.
You don’t have to be plant-based to use this meal plan. Sure, you won’t find meat or dairy but you will find filling, healthy inexpensive food. I challenge anyone trying to save money on their grocery bill to try this.
What advice do you have for someone trying to trim their budget, food or otherwise? Have you lost a job and had to get by on a lot less? Share you stories, you never know who you may encourage.