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 a little more on potlucks than normal, so I expected it to be a little high. But I didn’t take into account how many times we went out. And that’s how we went over budget…
It’s hard to admit, but we semi-consciously knew we were overspending and decided not to care much. The potlucks were a lot of fun and we have enjoyed the new butcher shop we discovered…I splurged a bit. We also were away from the home more than normal, so we ate out pretty frequently too. Jason’s Deli and McDonalds beverages have become a weird staple. Oops. I’m not going to beat us up about it though – we’ll just start again.
What We’ve Been Eating
Mr. BFS and I have been eating all kinds of stuff this month…
- Frozen pizzas
- Steamed veggies
- Jason’s Deli
- Steak n Shake
- Euro Bakery
- Grilled Salmon
- Hamburgers grilled at home
- White rice
Overall, at least we stayed under $500 a few months in a row before we slipped. Now to get back on track. We’ve started our tracking sheet this month already…fingers crossed.
Did you hit any specific goals lately? How is your food budget coming along?