There's talk on the forum every so often about budgeting and, specifically, grocery shopping and cooking at home on a budget. I came across a blog post that linked to the USDA food plans issued this past May, which outlines the "Cost of Food at Home at Four Levels." (See the attached pdf) According to this list, I should be spending $130 - $152 per week, or up to $660 per month, on groceries for my family. That's JUST food. That's what the USDA says a family of five should spend on just food from the grocery store, on the "Thrifty" plan. It honestly blew my mind. Then I googled and found a blog post where a woman details how to only spend $200/month on groceries (including toiletries) for a family of five (kids about the same age as ours). She has a few kooky ideas on ways to save, and spends way more time than I think reasonable (which is any) on printable coupons and going to different stores, but there are some reasonable tricks, as well. Anyway, I figured I'd do a more careful job of keeping track and see how well we actually do. Doesn't hurt to have the incentive of spending 'extra' money on Jeep parts for fall wheeling trips. Who wants to play?