It’s the first monthly budget challenge of the year-after-the-year-that-changed-everything.
This month we’re working on food costs, a return of Snackuary from last year, but wow is the world different.
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Snackuary will run from January 1 to January 31.
The goal is to understand your food costs better. Many of us have a complicated relationship with food, and at the end of a day, it isn’t an expense we can make go away entirely because it’s fuel! For many households, it’s the 2nd highest expense in their overall budget (after housing).
I found that my food costs changed a LOT in 2020 due to lockdown/pandemic supply chain/no free coffee at work. I’m working to establish a new baseline.
Your Snackuary goal could be as strict as a no-takeout-all-month ban or as simple as a goal as “track my food expenses this month”. Or making coffee at home or simply tracking what parts of your food budget went up since Snackuary last year.
Maybe your goal is to cook more - batch cook each week or bring a packed lunch to work (if you are going into work these days). Perhaps you want to focus on reducing food waste! Or maybe you want to set a cash weekly budget for groceries and not go over it. Maybe you just want to track your food costs for once.
Whatever it is, make sure the goal is generally aimed towards understanding your food costs better.
Snackuary will have a special forum badge and even a STICKER for people that complete the whole month, that will (probably) be cat themed.
- You must establish your own rules about how you are going to lower or track your food costs this month. State them in the first few days of the month to get us kicked off in the right direction.
- Each weekend you will report how you did on your challenge for the week on this thread . You can report on where you’re at, and what your biggest challenge and victories of the week were. Then, you’ll put your predictions/goals down for the week ahead.
- If you want, build in a celebration meal (fancy cheese or a dinner out- covid-safe of course) at the end of the month. It’s nice to have a reward!
Who This Challenge is For
Anyone who wants a little public accountability and discussion about reducing food costs. If you liked any of our previous challenges and want to keep it going, here we are!
This challenge pairs very well with Dry January and Uber Frugal January
What do you get out of participating?
- Lower food costs ideally!
- Lower environmental footprint than dining out and/or wasting food.
- (maybe) healthier food choices
- A community to support you as you resist getting takeaway for the 4th time this week
- A CUTE forum badge for participating in the weekly check-ins
- And if you do all 4 week check-ins, you get a STICKER mailed to you.
- Budgetbytes- Cheap recipes
- Meal Prep Reddit
- Supercook - lets you search for recipes by what you have
- whatthefuckshouldimakefordinner.com - exactly what it sounds like
- 6 Fun Ways to Lower Your Grocery Budget - Six Figures Under
- Resource for tracking grocery expenses - Leisure Guy
- USDA recommendations for “targets” for food costs https://www.fns.usda.gov/cnpp/usda-food-plans-cost-food-reports-monthly-reports