So I wasn't sure if I was going to do some grocery spending goal for 2010. But I decided to keep it going.
This coming year, I am going to try to stick to $5,000 again. However, I impulsly joined Weight Watchers. So I'm going to try to corrolate light weight loss & healthy cooking with a budget. I want to see if someone can stick to a program like Weight Watchers and have a relatively low grocery budget. So this year, I'm going to try to concentrate on finding great deals on healthy foods at Shaw's & BJ's. I probably won't use as many coupons as I did in the past. I'll probably buy more chicken and figure out things to make with it, as I'm not the biggest fan of chicken. And I'll be honest - I like junky food. I love Hamburger Helper. I love potato chips & french fries. I love breakfast sausage. At parties, I gravitate to the fattiest, meatiest dip available to me. The carrot sticks usually just kiss my butt. So this will be pretty challenging for me.
I'm starting off this New Year weighing 162 pounds. I'm 5'7" so I really should be in the 140s. In the past 10 years, my weight has ranged from anywhere from 131 to 167 not being pregnant. With both pregnancies, I hit 185. So I'm not trying to go all Kate Moss on myself, since that would be kind of gross, but I should lose a little of this junk in my trunk. 145 should be a good point - give or take a few pounds.
I'm not taking into account my Weight Watchers fee in my grocery budget. I think of that as more of an entertainment expense! If I really want to stick to something like this, I need the weekly meetings to be accountable and all that other nonsense. I'm not good at doing things without others motivating me. Sad, but true.
So there you have it. Hopefully next year, I'll be letting you know that I was able to stick to a grocery budget of $5,000 while being 15 pounds lighter. Only time shall tell....