Do you budget for your food monthly or weekly?

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By eli
May 14, 2024 8:55pm CST
I usually budget for food monthly because it helps me plan ahead and save money by buying in bulk. But, of course, if we run out of something or decide we want to add something extra, we just make a quick trip to the store. Just like now, I bought some more fish and fruits from a local vendor in the neighborhood, a tub of ice cream at the nearby mini grocery. This way, we have a solid plan but still stay flexible for those little changes and cravings. How does it work with your household?
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@cabuyogty (2367)
• Philippines
15 May
In our house , my mother use to budget the money weekly but i have to budget my money monthly to avoid unnecessary expenses.
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16 May
Everyone's got their own system. Monthly budgeting can really help control expenses.
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@cabuyogty (2367)
• Philippines
16 May
@pitsipeahie yes , you are right!
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@grenery8 (3680)
• Croatia (Hrvatska)
17 May
I don't have a car, go walking so, for me, it is on a weekly base.
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18 May
That makes sense! Walking definitely suits a weekly routine. Thanks for sharing!
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21 May
@grenery8 Oh no, that's true! Morning walk is fine but avoid being in the sun during peak hours. Walking + sun = heat exhaustion. Have a good day!
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@grenery8 (3680)
• Croatia (Hrvatska)
20 May
@pitsipeahie though when summer comes, it would feel like walking in desertthank you
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@marguicha (216814)
• Chile
15 May
I usually buy twice in the month.
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@marguicha (216814)
• Chile
15 May
@pitsipeahie Lettuce and other veggies last 2 weeks if you don´t water them.
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15 May
That seems like a nice balance between fresh groceries and planning ahead!
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@LadyDuck (461495)
• Switzerland
15 May
Weekly, we go out grocery shopping every week, we eat very little, but I want fresh products.
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@LadyDuck (461495)
• Switzerland
16 May
@pitsipeahie And I avoid to overbuy products.
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16 May
Weekly shopping definitely helps keep things fresh and fresh are the best!
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@Deepizzaguy (95836)
• Lake Charles, Louisiana
15 May
My relatives budget our food on a monthly basis.
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15 May
Monthly budgeting can be really effective for keeping track of expenses.
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@Deepizzaguy (95836)
• Lake Charles, Louisiana
15 May
@pitsipeahie That is true.
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@dya80dya (34509)
15 May
No, never. But I think this is a good idea.
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16 May
It’s definitely worth trying. You might find it really helpful!
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@dya80dya (34509)
19 May
@pitsipeahie My mom has money. I hope I can convince her to do this.
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@youless (112178)
• Guangzhou, China
15 May
I don't have a budget for my food since it won't be much if we don't go out to have a meal. But I have an app and I will mark down each my expenditure as it will help me to make sure the bank won't make a mistake for my credit card.
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15 May
Sounds like a great system to keep track of your spending and avoid any bank errors!
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@kaylachan (59522)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
15 May
Weekly or bi-weekly is when we used to shop. Since George's stroke, I'm lucky to get him out of the house a couple times a month. I order groceries at least once a week, longer if I need.
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@kaylachan (59522)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
15 May
@pitsipeahie Yeah, that's true.
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15 May
It's wonderful that you're finding ways to make things work despite the challenges. Ordering groceries can be a real lifesaver!
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@RasmaSandra (74496)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
15 May
I order groceries once a month and keep to a tight budget, It helps if I earn some extra doing surveys or if I get some gift cards,
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16 May
That sounds smart!
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• Shenzhen, China
15 May
Initially i set up budget for monthly food cost,but later i found hard to foresee unexpected cost,then i give up budget.
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15 May
It's tough to predict those unexpected costs. Sometimes flexibility is the key.
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@MarieCoyle (29986)
15 May
I treat my pantry items sort of like a business, I guess. If I am running low, those items go on the list as they are noticed. I make one really large trip a month for everything that is a pantry item, canned goods, bulk things like flours, baking needs, etc. I get the meat needed for the freezer, and any freezer items. The rest of the month, I go once a week for fresh produce and sometimes milk. I've been doing it this way for a long time, it works for us. Of course, if the occasional store has a super good sale on an item we use a lot of that isn't going to spoil, yes, I might stop by and get that item, but of course more and more, items are not really on sale anymore.
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15 May
I also do one major grocery shopping once a month - dry goods and fresh produce. Then quick trips for those that ran out and needs to be bought immediately or for anything extra or cravings we might have. This system works great for us.
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@MarieCoyle (29986)
15 May
@pitsipeahie To me, it just makes a lot of sense to do the one huge trip per month. We always have food to cook a meal with, which is reassuring in today's turmoil.
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@ogbenishyna (3293)
23 May
For me it has to be monthly but in the end I end up spending more than the budget in most cases.
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23 May
Sticking to a budget can be tough. Monthly sounds ideal, but it’s easy to go over!
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