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 a couple of times. We also hosted two huge potlucks this past month, so overall, I think we did well. If we can cut ourselves down to $400 a month by mid-year, we can bank the extra to either invest, to pay down the rent house mortgage, or to save for a big vacation for next year.
What We’ve Been Eating
Mr. BFS and I have started adding some healthier options to our diet (like carrots as snacks) but generally were not very healthy this month…
- Turkey dogs
- Ham Sandwiches
- Value Menu Items
- Frozen pizzas
- Soft Tacos at home
- Chick Fil A
- Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches
- Homemade egg sandwiches on English muffins
Overall, at least we stayed under $500. If we cut back on eating out, we would need at least an hour at home in the evenings, and I’m not sure we can do that most of the week. But we can choose healthier menu items when we are out. I also want to cut back to $450 for this coming month.
Did you hit any specific goals lately? How is your food budget coming along?