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
That comes to $732.67 total.
Honestly, we ate out at nice restaurants about 3-4 times, so I did expect this. Normally we spend $15-$22 max at a restaurant for dinner if we do go out. But we ate at a nice steakhouse and spent $70. We also ate some great Italian for $46 and splurged a couple of times at $30 a pop at our favorite Mexican place. Overall, if we had skipped those 4 places, we would have been at around $550 instead, so at least we knew we were splurging when we did it. There’s just so many birthday parties and celebrations this past month! Oh well. 🙂
What We’ve Been Eating
Mr. BFS and I have been eating all kinds of stuff this month…
- Salmon off our propane grill
- Restaurants like Panera’s and Jason’s Deli
- Steamed veggies
- TONS of fruit
- Steak n Shake
- Soft tacos
- Beef and vegetable soup
- Frozen pizza (I love Freschetta)
- Pork loin
- French bread and garlic spreads
Overall, we are getting back on track. I am making our new tracking sheet as soon as I schedule this post and will be taping it to the fridge. The next big birthday month isn’t until late June to mid-July, so we should be able to be pretty good for the next 31 days…
Did you hit any specific goals lately? How is your food budget coming along?
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