This is one of those keeping it real, very honest type posts. And whether or not you have food allergies, I am guessing you can relate.
Food prices are going up. Good deals on healthy foods are often hard to find. And we are all so busy, that taking the time to focus on cooking, shopping, and budgeting is often difficult. Add in food allergies and issues and it becomes even more challenging.
This year is really the year that I want to get control of my grocery budget. I used to be great about what I spent on groceries. We were always well under the average amount that the typical family our size spends and we did not eat just beans and rice. We ate good and healthy food, but over the last two years it has become a challenge.
The first issue is that grocery prices are on the rise. Basic foods that we use everyday like butter, milk, cheese, potatoes, meat, and fruits and vegetables are more expensive than they were two years ago. In some cases they are much more expensive. And these are not special gluten free or allergy friendly foods, these are everyday foods that most American families eat.
When I add in the special flours that gluten free baking requires and the added cost of thing like SunButter, I can quickly see why my grocery budget has increased over the last few years.
And I cannot forget all the gluten free baking disasters I have had over the last few years. Those are part of gluten free baking, but wow do they do a number on your grocery budget if you have very many of them.
Now, I am also going to add in another challenge into my kitchen this year and that is eating healthier, especially when it comes to gluten free baking and cooking. This added goal is going to make working on my grocery budget even more challenging, but I am determined to give it a try.
And I hope to share some about this journey of cutting my grocery budget over the next year, especially in my allergy section, because the added allergies in our family is what makes this especially challenging.
Now I am guessing that I am not the only one that struggles with the grocery budget, so I would love you to share some of your challenges and struggles and what you are doing to work on it.
Joining me on this journey of setting goals and a New Year, New You is:
- Amy from Mom’s Toolbox
- Rachel from Surviving the Stores
- Stephanie from Couponing 101
- Sarah from Give Me Neither
- Erin from $5 Dollar Dinners
So be sure to follow all of us over the next few weeks as we share ideas and challenges for starting the New Year!