New Hampshire Family of Four Trying to Live on $1,500 for the Year

A family of four in New Hampshire is trying to spend just $1,500 for their groceries, household items and personal care expenses for an entire year and detail their attempt in a blog.

To accomplish their goal Heather and Bourne Spooner have developed a new system of shopping that includes stockpiling foods and paying close attention to coupons and sales, reported.

“My first inclination was, wow, that’s not that much money,’” Bourne told “But, hey, if we can do it it’ll save us a lot of money.”

And save they have. The couple said so far this year their average grocery bill is only $125 a month, reported.

In addition to clipping coupons, the Spooners shop at specific stores for certain items and have adjusted the way they plan meals.

“If I have chicken and ground beef and cucumbers and carrots and peppers that I need to use this week, then I’ll take all of that and I will look for recipes for those items,” Heather told

The Spooners also have sworn off dining out until their wedding anniversary, on Dec. 28.


2 responses to this post.

  1. Coupons for food shopping can save you a fortune over the year. I never see many people use them when I go shopping though.

  2. Posted by Cush In SF on February 20, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    Totally agree. Shoppers can save dramatically if they take the time to use alternatives. Do keep in mind the society is built based on conformity and pressure. Most people are socialized by peer pressure as they are schooled and grow up. Advertising and media continue this pressure throughout one’s life. Coupons and other alternatives are promoted as socially unacceptable. People can use them but pay for their lack of conformity by lowering their social standing……….

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: