Has anyone counted up total grocery bill for the year?
I been doing it the last few years. Over the years. I've spent more and more. Of course the totals do include some monthly bus passes to get to work. Bus passes I cannot do anything about. County Transit sets the price for bus fare. At the current a bus pass for unlimited monthly rides is 65$. It does not include how many times we at out or ordered in. I consider myself a fairly frugal shopper. I shop the sales,coupons, buy generics and hit the discount grocery stores. So I thought I was doing all the right things. Then see how much more I spent than last year. I got to attempt to cut the food bill down this year. Since the new year started. I already spent about 200$ on food and household. But I'm set for almost rest of the month now. Other than milk, eggs, fresh fruit and dh's yogurt.
Cutting the food budget might be very possible. If by summer. I can have a full load of non parishibles canned goods etc. and my freezer full of meat, frozen veggies etc. If I don't get picked to work summer. As we have to sign up for summer work. Only some of us are needed during summer for work. It is a goal to be loaded full of food. So it's only run out for a few parishibles now and then as they run out. Milk, eggs etc. I might have to go back to my monthly menu planning. I did that for a while. Seeing that menu on the fridge. Helped me stick to the menu. Using up things we had on hand. Not saying I have a taste for this or that. Then running out and buying it if we didn't already have it on hand. Or start adding some meatless meals in more often. It was July 2012 when it began to be just 2 I cook for. That's when our son moved out. Maybe on the weekend I will start writing out a menu for the rest of this month on into February. Based on what I have on hand. Or I might do some heavy duty cooking. Make meals that I can freeze. I was thinking like a big pot of chili, then maybe some other soups or casseroles that will freeze well. This week we are eating a mess of leftovers. That will take me up to Thursday maybe Friday.
3526.16$ 2010 219.26$ more than 2009
4178.41$ 2011 652.25$ more than 2010
5190.16$ 2012 1011.75$ more than 2011