Mr. BFS and I are trying to cut back our expenses to build up some padding once we close on our new house. That said, we decided to cancel our big summer vacation, are trying to avoid any major expenses for 3-4 months, and we started attacking our food expenses.
Background of Our Challenge
We were spending way too much on food. The $727 bill from March 13 – April 12, 2012 scared us. So we were aiming for $600 or less total for April 13 – May 12, 2012 and $550 for May 13 – June 12, 2012…which we achieved! Yay!
That said, for June 13 – July 12, 2012, we are aiming for $500 or less.
In order to track our spending without logging into our credit card account every day, we keep a running tally on a sheet of paper stuck to our refrigerator. Between the two of us (and by double checking ourselves by logging in to our credit cards), we write down every food expense diligently throughout the month. It’s not the prettiest method ever, but it works great to keep our eyes on the prize.
Let’s see how we are doing for the first 2 weeks of our second month of the challenge…
Food Expenditures from June 13 – June 27, 2012
It was a tough two weeks. I have been trying to get back into the swing of things after a funk, we had our monthly Sam’s Club run, and we hosted a Chicken Pot Pie night with friends that ran up the grocery bill. Then I started really digging in to finish my eBook, and pretty much everything got pushed to the side. Sometimes I have to take a step back and see the big picture. We’re healthy, we have friends, we can support ourselves, so I will not berate us for a bad 2 weeks. Budget-wise, we are on track. Health-wise, we have to jump back on the wagon.
Eating Out – $143.98
Groceries – $87.86
That comes to $231.84 total. Could be better, but we will finish strong.
What We’ve Been Eating
Mr. BFS and I haven’t been eating super healthy, but here is a quick rundown for curiosity’s sake:
- Mexican food like soft tacos
- Chicken Pot Pie
- Eggo waffles
- Total Raisin Bran
- Breakfast Tacos
- Value Menu Items
- Egg McMuffins
- Green Beans
- Skittles – I have been really hitting the Skittles
I swear I will actually eat something green soon…other than lettuce. This reminds me that I need to start taking a daily vitamin again…
Did you hit any specific goals lately? How is your food budget coming along?