I am often asked how much I spend on groceries per month. One thing is for sure, I know that if I don’t budget a fixed — and I mean fixed — amount, it will quickly become a black hole! According to most financial experts, families with the income range of $50,000 to $90,000 per year should spend approx 11 to 14 percent of their income on groceries after taxes and tithe. For example, a family of 4 to 6 with the income of $75,000 per year, should have a modest grocery budget of approximately $500.00 per month! That seems nearly impossible, but it can be done!
At E-Mealz, our meal plans aim to feed a family of 6 for $12 per dinner! That totals $360 for the entire month for dinner groceries and leaves $140 for lunch & breakfast groceries. It takes careful and deliberate planning to find economical, delicious meals and to not overspend. For years, this problem overwhelmed me from week to week, but I knew it was a key factor to making our budget work.
For many, menu planning can be a daunting task, but even Dave Ramsey says it does not have to be! He says that signing up for E-Mealz is one of his top 11 “weird” things to do for 2011! Go here to see for yourself: http://www.daveramsey.com/newsletters/online/edition/personal-finance-newsletter-january-2011#advice
If E-Mealz seems like the “easy way out” to you, then take heart, because it is also now a weird thing to do to. Controlling your spending and living within, or even below, your means is not the norm! My family has gone through many seasons where we tightened the belt and did not eat out for months! Again, NOT the norm. If you think you are the only family that eats at home all the time, then take heart! There have been over 170,000 weird families sign up to be on the E-Mealz train!
It’s not rocket science, it’s pretty simple. Maybe Confucius already said it: Eat at home… Save lots of money. For 2011, if you fall off the E-Mealz train, it’s only a $5 dollar ticket to get back on. We are looking forward to a great year at E-Mealz serving thousands of families for 2011. Here’s to more financial freedom, more memories around the table, and lots of life, laughter, and love that stirs all year long in the heart of your home.