The $21 Challenge: The Rules

So here are the rules behind The $21 Challenge:

  1. The week starts on Friday, and runs until end of day on the following Thursday.
  2. The $21 is to cover all meals during that time period (i.e. no eating out to “save” our grocery budget).
  3. Anything other than food falls outside of the $21 Challenge and will not be counted. For example, we need laundry detergent this week, and conditioner. No way that I’d be able to work that into such a meager food budget.
  4. No “stocking up” on the day before the challenge starts. Though believe me — the thought did cross my mind. heh.
  5. There will be full disclosure here on the blog to keep me accountable.

To be honest, last night when I was having a look over everything that’s in our fridge, freezer and pantry cupboard I’m wondering how much of a challenge this is really going to be for us. Apparently I have a bit of a food hoarding problem. Well…..maybe hoarding is the wrong word. Let’s call it “stocking up” instead. In some ways I think the biggest challenge for me will be to pass up on all the great deals I see while we’re spending our $21 food allowance because they won’t fit into our budget. 😉

As Friday draws closer and I plan out our meals for the week, I have to admit, I’m actually getting a wee bit excited about this challenge. I’m nerding out on being thrifty! You may have send help. 😉

Until next time,

~Kelly

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6 thoughts on “The $21 Challenge: The Rules

  1. I love grocery challenges. I’m on one currently, as a matter of fact, because I can’t spend any more money on food until October 1st. I’m excited to see how this works out for a larger family than mine.

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    • Groceries have always been one thing that I’ve always been willing to spend lots of money on. For us right now, it’s the obvious place where we can make some significant cuts to our budget. Hopefully I don’t snap come mid-week and buy ALL THE FOOD. 😉

      I’ll also be interested to see how this affects our food budget for the next week. Hopefully it won’t cause us to spend even more to make up for what wasn’t spent this week…

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