posted on her blog recently that she's dismayed that she and her husband spend $120 per month on groceries. This figure absolutely blew me away and all I could respond with was something along the lines of "I wish we only spend $120 a month!" Prior to the implementation of the shared household credit card, I had budgeted for $200 a month for food. That did include eating out, but as I rarely do that, it wasn't much of a factor. Now that we have the shared card, I've noticed that we're consistently going up to and sometimes over (though a lot of that had to do with replacing a fridge worth of food) that $300 a month. It seems completely bonkers that we're spending that much, but the credit card statement doesn't lie--I checked.
Since losing all our dry goods to the pantry moths and all our fridge and freezer goods to Tropical Storm Irene, I feel like I've really reigned in the grocery shopping. We don't have a huge backstock of items, the freezer is emptier than ever before and the fridge is mostly full of good, home-made leftovers--so where the hell is all my money going?
I use coupons for the items I purchase frequently--yogurt, some frozen pizza; I buy store brands far more frequently than name brands and I don't buy soda (except bf has a ginger ale habit), and I spend a fair amount of time at the discount/remaindered stores i.e. Big Lots and Ocean State Job Lot (where I just got a great deal on almonds!). For the month of November, I'm going to pay closer attention to where exactly the money is going. I'm going to scrutinize the receipts, and try to trim the fat, so to speak. According to my mint.com records, I went to the grocery October 6 and October 21 and spent ~$120 each time plus there was a $63 trip to Trader Joe's that was mostly coffee. Maybe this month is an anomaly? I certainly don't buy coffee every month and I'm set for the next three, so maybe November will not be so bad.
Either way, I'm not getting down to $120 any time soon, but if I really analyze my bills, maybe I can figure out a way to save on the items that are putting me over the edge. Should be fun, right?