I've taken several of your suggestions into consideration and I've made a weekly utility saver chart. I intend to use 1 towel, 1 glass for water, take two showers, and do three loads of laundry per week. I intend to use one plate for food, wear one pair of socks (I tend to take off my socks and put a new pair on several times a day), and use one mug for beverages per day.
Today I bought a very small bag of dog food and most of the meat that we'll need for the week. In addition I bought dish soap, eggs, stuff for spaghetti squash spaghetti, and some other veggies. I've $30 cash for the week. I gave my husband his $30 cash ($50 less than what he's been averaging but that's what he asked for) for his own personal spending. The budget for the week is balanced SO FAR. Game on!