I refuse to admit how much my family has been spending on groceries and restaurants every month. I'll only say that the total exceeds the pre-tax monthly paycheck I received when I started working as a mechanical engineer at Memorex in 1985.
We are cutting down on expenses, and it turns out that one of the easy places to trim the fat (both literally and figuratively) is our food budget. Fortunately, it's been fun to save money on food, because we've become more involved with the production of our food. I've been buying heads of cabbage for $1 each at the local farmer's market and making sauerkraut out of it. Dried organic beans are very cheap when you buy them in bulk at Costco or another big box store. They taste great with the yogurt we make, especially when you add garlic. Our kids like making tortillas and pasta from flour and eggs we collect from our small flock of hens. Later this fall, we'll harvest honey from a small beehive.
Living on a budget sucks if you feel as though you are depriving yourself. The only way I'll be able to stick to a budget is if it's more fun than blowing the budget.
I'd like to hear your ideas for enjoyable ways to live on a budget.