Project: Food Budget, Week 19

Food Budget Piggybank

I decided that it’s time to take a look at my family’s monthly budget, and going forward, I’ll be setting the budget dollars accordingly.

In January we spent:

Groceries: $574.21
Groceries refer to food we buy at Target or Aldi’s as well as food from the grocery store.

Costco: $194

CSA: $136

Eating out: $170 — I want this total to come down. Way down. Dan and I are going to have to talk about this and see how to make it happen.

I’m pretty comfortable with setting my monthly budget as follows:

Groceries: $600/month
Costco: $150 (for food only; we spend between $150 and $300 on our Costco trips because we buy toilet paper, Kleenex, paper towels, diapers, and many bulk cleaning supplies at Costco)
CSA: $68, but this will go up this summer
Eating out: $100

This month, we are already up to:

Grocery: $130
Costco: $25
CSA: $34
Eating out: $100

See? We’re already at our eating out limit for the month! That is definitely the next area that Dan and I have to work on together. And it will take work! Packing him lunches, making sure he has healthy snacks at his office, and having something hot and tasty ready when he gets home. Of course, I can’t make him eat anything — he’s going to have to work on his own choices, too. Choosing a Greek yogurt or a handful of nuts instead of a fast food burger or a hot dog from the gas station across the street. He really has to learn to eat differently, and I know that’s hard for him.

What’s the best way to budget for you?

Let’s see how everyone else did!

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* Gluten-Free Vegan

6 thoughts on “Project: Food Budget, Week 19

  1. Your Dan sounds a lot like my Dan. We have been working on his eating habits for a while now. Wait. That should probably say, “I have been working on his eating habits!”

    It has been slow progress, but progress nonetheless! So, you will get there in time…

    • My dear Dan goes back and forth. He wants so much to change, but at 40something, it’s hard to break 20-some years of bad habits. Plus he never had weight issues as a younger man, but time and his work schedule have really taken a toll on him. Like I said we are working on it because I have plans for him to be around a long, long time!

  2. I have a hard enough time sticking to a weekly food budget, that a monthly budget would scare me a bit. I do think it’s good to know where your money goes, though. So maybe I need to hunker down and take a look at our monthly spending…

    • My idea (my hypothesis) is that setting a monthly budget will help me use what I have even better than I have been since starting this project. We’ll see how it pans out!

    • I honestly do not understand why my husband eats what he eats when he eats it. Gosh, I love the guy, but I really wish he liked fruit, yogurt, and nuts the way the rest of my family does — and that he could eat 1/4 cup of pistachios instead of half the bag. At midnight.

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