Edited to add: I share our grocery budget here… and I think it’s pretty low. I’m pleased with how little we spend on groceries and still eat good food. That said, I do NOT excel in all areas of my life. I am a normal person with normal things I don’t do well. There is much more to life than how much you spend on groceries. So if you are looking for motivation or for general tips on grocery budgeting… this kind of blog post was written for you. It’s been fun and motivating for ME to journal about my grocery spending and meal planning. But if you’re happy with your grocery budget and don’t really have energy or time to focus on food stuff… then ignore this post! It’ll be boring, for one, and it’ll make you feel like you’re not doing enough. Goodness knows there are lots of blog posts out there I don’t have time to read… like homeschooling… it’s backburner for me right now. Don’t judge me. There’s only so much of me to go around. I won’t judge you back!
Grocery spending averages per 4 week cycle (there are about 13 4-week cycles per year):
- This includes all groceries except a budget of about $25 per cycle for summer produce (berries, mostly). That does not include any household supplies, which I keep separate. Our family consists of approximately 3.5 adult servings per meal. (2 adults, three small children)-
2005: 209.38 (not exact – this is the year we got married)
2007: 242.62 (birth of first child)
2009: 197.21 (birth of second child)
2011: 187.12 (Bulgaria trip and adoption of third child)
2012 to date: 212.84
For the year 2011, my average spending on groceries for each 4 week cycle was $187.12. It helped that we went to Bulgaria for 2 weeks in June… though I don’t know why we spent so little in August of last year… maybe people were bringing us food because we had mono still?
Anyway, for 2012 I’ve averaged $212 for the first four budget cycles. Not bad. As grocery prices go up and my little munchkins are starting to eat enough to actually make a dent in our grocery bill, it’s gotten harder and harder to keep under my budget. I am usually saving a little bit each month so that I can buy 15+ pounds of meat when it goes on sale. It’s just not happening right now… I’m spending every penny that’s in there. I’m wishing I had some prepared food in the freezer… we’ve eaten all the freezer jam out of there, most of the meat and berries too. I have a baby on the way in 4-5 months and I have a sister and several friends all expecting babies reallllly soon.
THEREFORE, I’m busting my budget this month. I have a huge grocery list and I’m just going to spend what it takes to get me back on track (my larder full?). After this month, I will be increasing my grocery budget to $230, which is a 15% increase. It will give me some much desired breathing room. I think it will be enough. I sure hope so!!!!
Am I the only person who looks at how much money we bring in each month… and then look at how much money we were able to save… and wonder, “Where did it go?????” This is coming from me, the person with the spreadsheet that tells me where it goes! But I still don’t know!
Ok, done sharing now. I’ll share my meal list and freezer meal list… and just how much money I spent later. Maybe you’ll find it as interesting as me!