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The Great Food Fight of 2013 – Back Into Battle

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Mr. BFS and I have instigated the Great Food Fight of 2013 early this year to stay on track since we tend to go a little food crazy. We were aiming to spend $500 or less every month.  Yeah, that sounds really high for 2 people (because we could probably live on $250 or less if we just kept it very basic), but we enjoy eating out with friends and cooking for them at home. So it is what it is. But we kept choosing to lose the good fight and stopped tracking from mid-June through mid-September except through our budget.  I didn’t post here because I had no actual record – no sheet on our fridge.  We just saw totals on Discover. That all changed when we finished paying off the $11,000 of dental bills that hit within a 35 day period about 2 months ago.  We’re back on the tracking wagon. Food Expenditures from September 13, 2013 – October 12, 2013 In order to track our spending without logging into our credit card account every day, we try to keep a running tally on a sheet of paper stuck to our refrigerator. Between the two of us (and by double checking ourselves by … Read more

The Great Food Fight of 2013 – Month 5 Results

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Mr. BFS and I have instigated the Great Food Fight of 2013 to stay on track since we tend to go a little food crazy. We are aiming to spend $500 or less every month. That sounds really high for 2 people (because we could probably live on $250 or less if we just kept it very basic), but we enjoy eating out with friends and cooking for them at home. So it is what it is. But we keep choosing to lose the good fight it seems.  I almost didn’t bother writing this month up. Food Expenditures from May 13, 2013 – June 12, 2013 In order to track our spending without logging into our credit card account every day, we try to 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 throughout the month. It’s not the prettiest method ever, but it usually works great to keep our eyes on the prize.  We sort of put this to the side for the 2 months before this update and kept semi-track this month.  I had some … Read more

The Great Food Fight of 2013 – Month 4 Results

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Mr. BFS and I have instigated the Great Food Fight of 2013 to stay on track since we tend to go a little food crazy. We are aiming to spend $500 or less every month. That sounds really high for 2 people (because it is), but we enjoy eating out with friends and cooking for them at home. So it is what it is.  But we have gone crazy the last 2 months apparently… Food Expenditures from April 13, 2013 – May 12, 2013 In order to track our spending without logging into our credit card account every day, we WERE keeping 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 would write down every food expense diligently throughout the month. It’s not the prettiest method ever, but it usually works great to keep our eyes on the prize.  But we stopped writing everything down for the last 2 months (well, we tried this past month for a few days and then blew it off) and our food bills show it. Here’s how we did: Eating Out – $437.97 Groceries – $294.70 … Read more

The Great Food Fight of 2013 – Month 3 Results

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Mr. BFS and I have instigated the Great Food Fight of 2013 to stay on track since we tend to go a little food crazy. We are aiming to spend $500 or less every month. That sounds really high for 2 people (because it is), but we enjoy eating out with friends and cooking for them at home. So it is what it is. 🙂 Food Expenditures from March 13, 2013 – April 12, 2013 In order to track our spending without logging into our credit card account every day, we WERE keeping 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 would write down every food expense diligently throughout the month. It’s not the prettiest method ever, but it usually works great to keep our eyes on the prize. Let’s see how we did this past month… Oh, I don’t have a picture.  Because we never started our sheet, which is probably why we lost our dang minds!  Yep, we completely blew off tracking and ended up spending $640! Eating Out – $425.95 Groceries – $214.38 That comes to $640.33 total. We spent … Read more

The Great Food Fight of 2013 – Month 2 Results

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Mr. BFS and I have instigated the Great Food Fight of 2013 to stay on track since we tend to go a little food crazy. We are aiming to spend $500 or less every month. That sounds really high for 2 people (because it is), but we enjoy eating out with friends and cooking for them at home. So it is what it is. 🙂 Food Expenditures from February 13, 2013 – March 12, 2013 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… We ate out a lot more, but we hit the target overall.  Yay! Eating Out – $312.70 Groceries – $170.43 That comes to $483.13 total. We continued eating out for some of the nights we board gamed at Steak and Shake and Jason’s Deli, but we ate at home beforehand … Read more

The Great Food Fight of 2013 – Month 1 Results

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Mr. BFS and I have instigated the Great Food Fight of 2013 to stay on track since we tend to go a little food crazy.  We are aiming to spend $500 or less every month.  That sounds really high for 2 people (because it is, lol), but we enjoy eating out with friends and cooking for them at home.  So it is what it is.  🙂 Food Expenditures from January 13 – February 12, 2013 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… I forgot how hard it is to get back on a plan, lol. Eating Out – $321.86 Groceries – $174.44 That comes to $496.30 total. Yay!  We ate out more than I was hoping, but that’s what happens when you meet at restaurants twice a week to hang out with … Read more

The Great Food Fight of 2013

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Last year, Mr. BFS and I caught ourselves spending around $700 a month on just food early in the year, so we instituted our food fight.  We started keeping track of our food spending as it happened so we would stay around $500 a month instead.  It worked great but thanks to a bunch of holiday parties, we made the decision to put the logging to the side for most of November and December.  But we’ve started once again. How We Track We like to keep things simple, so we just have a sheet of notebook paper on the refrigerator where we log every food expense when we get home.  It has two columns, one column for restaurants and fast food and one column for groceries.  We are attempting to keep the total at $500 or less for January 13, 2013 through February 12, 2013.  Our main credit card statements run from the 13th through the 12th, so we just base our main budget month on those dates to make tracking super easy. Our Spending You may be thinking that $500 a month is still a lot of money for food for just two people.  I sort of agree, but here is how I see … Read more