Previously, I had my grocery budget at $200 per month for two people and two pups. I was consistently going over that budget because I just didn't pay enough attention. When I cleaned out the pantry and fridge at the beginning of January, I threw away a FULL bag full of stuff that had expired. I was so busy stuffing my pantry with the "good" deals I had to have to justify the $200+ grocery budget, but I wasn't USING what I was buying. A full trash bag? That's just insane.
So, I cut back the grocery budget to $160. And I still went over that budget --- but at least I stayed below the previous $200! However, cutting back the budget made me actually have to get creative and try some new recipes based on what I had....one of those was a major fail but the rest had pretty good results.
Today, I came home from work at lunch time and had some soup that has just been sitting there in the pantry, but that I never was really "in the mood" to actually eat. The pickins were slim enough that I ate the soup for lunch... and even if I wasn't "in the mood" for it, it was perfectly fine for a quick lunch. Maybe not having a jillion choices in front of us will lead to less waste and a better budget.