September Grocery Spending Challenge

$75 Spending Challenge


  1. Love your new picture on the side menu, gorgeous.
    I have added a post on my site about this challenge and look forward to trying it down under!

  2. We are really looking forward to this! I am awaiting your book in the mail, should be here tomorrow. In the meantime, I’ve pulled out some of my frugal favs and have this weeks menu in place.
    With 9 kids, 6 bios and 3 from Ethiopia and hubs, we can put away some serious food. We’re used to a budget though and this will sharpen my skills!

  3. I want to start this but still waiting to know if you include cleaning products when you shop, for instance I often buy dish liquid, or laundry detergent, toothpaste… those kinds of things, when I get the food in too?

  4. Denise, I believe that was addressed in response #9 right here:

    Hope that helps!

  5. count me in! 😀

  6. Hi Denise, I will be including everything I usually buy at the store, but you can decide your own family’s parameters for this challenge. You know what is possible for your family. This challenge is not so much about comparing with other families…really it is a chance to experiment with your own grocery spending to see if spending a bit less is possible for your family. Make sense?

  7. Sue from Buffalo says:

    Oh the pressure is on. This means cleaning out my freezer, using the turkey I’ve had in there since last Thanksgiving. (it’s still good). And planning. We don’t have a garden. School lunches are going to be calculated. Wow. If I can’t make the $75 then maybe I can at least cut back.

    Have to confess that I’m scared.

  8. I am in! I am excited about the challenge!

  9. I’m in! We run our budget from pay check to pay check, so I actually started on the 28th. So far, I’m having a great time and doing well! I posted about my decision on the challenge here:

  10. I am going to try this as well…I know this week is tight…living on what is in the pantry and freezer…whew…then challenge now is to make it GOOD!
    I am really enjoying your blog…I love hearing about how you cut your budget and see just HOW far you can cut back….I REALLY loved the post on the fair…I may try that next year!

  11. Count me in! I’m with you Sue – a little scary. Although, I feel pretty well stocked for the most part. I also have a turkey and a ham in the freezer, so that will definitely help.

    Am I the only one whose mind immediately began to generate random thoughts of things I would like to buy as soon as I committed to doing this?

    WELL – here we go!

  12. We’re combining the grocery challenge with 30 days of nothing! Surprisingly, the family is all on board! We’re having a birthday party for the dog tomorrow with lots of people coming (believe me, this was the kids idea, not mine–I have a hard enough time just keeping up with the celebrations of the KIDS!) so we will be thinking “budget.” It will be fun to follow along with others.

    I have posted on my blog and will update every few days with other subjects posted in between 🙂

  13. This weekend I just purchased your book and discovered your website late Sunday, so I have to admit I don’t feel prepared to fully follow this challenge, but I definitely feel a need to reduce my grocery spending and most importantly reduce food waste (spoiled produce, stale cereal/crackers, etc). So my challenge will be to incorporate a few of the action items and pare off a bit off my weekly grocery bill, but I truly have a LONG way to go to get down to 75/week or even 100/week. By the end of Sept I hope to have meal planning in hand and my longer term goal is to pick a budgeted amount and put aside the savings towards purchasing another fridge/freezer to take advantage of more of your cost saving and prep time saving ideas!

  14. I have noticed that a lot of your recipes are for 4-6 people. Is the $75 estimate for 4-6 people? We have 6 kids so obviously we have to double most recipes. I would LOVE to get my grocery bill to $75 but wondered if I was trying to reach the unreachable if I have to double every recipe. 🙂 LOVE both your books and have loved your blog for ages.

  15. I’m in – $75 per week for our family of 5! I am also includng a personal challenge for our family not to eat out the entire month! Getting excited about the potential savings! Here’s the link to my blog post about it:

  16. Sue, THANKS for the reminder of the turkey in our freezer. I’m going now to post about this challenge. I’ve already spread the word to my friends around here.

    Here we go!!!

  17. I’ll be watching from the sidelines. We always seem to take a trip in September, and this year’s no different. I may join in for the weeks we are at home, though.

  18. There’s only two of us, and a cat – so I can’t get into the challenge. We spend less than $75. already. The garden helps a lot. But good luck

  19. I am in for just $200 for the month. This will be all spending other than regular bills. I will be posting about it on my blog.