Mr. BFS and I have been trying to cut back our expenses to build up some padding for after we close on our new house. That said, we canceled our big summer vacation, are trying to avoid any major expenses until after September, and we started attacking our food expenses.
Background of Our Challenge
We were spending way too much on food. The $727 bill from March–April 2012 scared us. So we were aiming for $600 or less total for April-May 2012, $550 for May-June 2012, and $500 for June-July 2012 and on…we have been doing really well! Yay!
That said, for August 13 - September 12, 2012, we were aiming for $500 or less again.
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 did in our fifth month of the challenge…
Food Expenditures from August 13 – September 12, 2012
It was a surprising month, yay! We did a grocery run right at the end of last month that lasted us a couple of weeks. I did splurge on eating out while I was at the Financial Blogger Conference, but we did really well overall. Our grocery bills are going to pick up again after we move, but we are trying to eat anything we can in the house right now so we won’t have to move it.
Eating Out – $343.87
Groceries – $136.81
That comes to $480.68 total.
WOOT!!! WE DID IT AGAIN!!! We ate out more than we did last month, but that is going to happen while we move and skip on lots of grocery shopping…
What We’ve Been Eating
Mr. BFS and I have started adding some healthier options to our diet and did okay this month:
- Chicken tortilla soup
- Total Raisin Bran
- Value Menu Items
- Harvest Supreme Freschetta frozen pizza
- Subway sandwiches
- Burger King icecream cones…bad but so good…
- Chicken breasts
- Green beans
- Roasted potatoes
Overall, yay! Since we are most likely moving within this next September-October period, I am just hoping we can stay close at all…
Did you hit any specific goals lately? How is your food budget coming along?