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 blanks to fill in.
Here’s how we did:
Eating Out – $462.76
Groceries – $150.46
That comes to $613.22 total.
Honestly, we ate out a lot. Our friends were getting close to and now are on summer break (lots of teachers, lol), so we’ve been incorporating meals into our get togethers. That means we are either spending money at a restaurant or extra for groceries since we want to make special stuff for multiple people. Or we grab food when we are on the road or at someone’s house all day. It is what it is.
I am also losing weight successfully with Weight Watchers, but I do splurge on more expensive food than normal as a reward…like $7 for a couple of pounds of cherries. Or a $5 seedless watermelon once a week. Those are zero point foods on WW, but that’s way more than my norm of bananas at 45 cents a pound. Also, Panera Bread and Black Walnut Café are way more expensive than my normal fast food but they are great meeting locations for friends and family PLUS they fit into my weight loss plan. Again, it is a conscious decision, but we are losing the cost battle.
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
- Turkey burgers
- Steamed veggies
- TONS of fruit
- Sides like green beans and carrots
- Steak n Shake
- The Egg and I
- Random value menu items all over town
- Peanut butter and jam sandwiches
- Roasted chicken
- Honey Nut Cheerios
Overall, we have actually failed to hit the $500 mark 3 out of 5 times so far. I can’t say that I am very upset though. I hate writing about failing, but I am happier about my weight loss than I am sad about the extra money we spend because we are using food as entertainment AND I’m eating healthier. We’ll see how the coming month goes, but this may be the beginning of the end of these food fight updates since I am caring less overall.
I think we need to dial back a little just so we don’t go nuts, but overall, I rather not nag my hubby constantly about food expenses anymore when it is obvious that we both know exactly why we are spending so much and are choosing to do so anyway. Maybe we’ll come up with a new motivation soon…I think we both want to save a little extra money for fun later this year. I’ll see if that kick in the butt works for us.
Did you hit any specific goals lately? How is your food budget coming along?
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