grocery budget breakdown
I attended that budget seminar at church by myself a few weeks ago because Ruby had such bad diaper rash that we just couldn't leave her with Kate, so Patrick stayed home. (she had pooped in the middle of the night and not woken up...ouchies.)
Anyways, it was good. Not great, not exactly what I wanted, but good. I know how to budget (not that I do) and have read Dave Ramsey (would like to read more) but I really wanted to talk more about the spiritual side of finances. It was a good start, though, and did encourage us to start on a better path and consider what God wants us to be doing with our money on a more regular (striving for daily) basis.
While I was there that morning I added up what we had spent on food & eating out from our January bank statement...$900.00!! Holy cow! No wonder it feels like we don't have any money...we're eating & drinking it all. (and that didn't include the groceries we got at Target because I wasn't sure which transactions were food and which were that other crap that I always NEED at Target...so it was probably more like $1000.00) Anyways, that seems like a ton to me.
I want my food budget to be at $100.00/wk but I don't think that is realistic for us right now so I set it at $125.00/wk for these first two weeks to see how it went. It went pretty good! We've spent $256.00 and are good until Wednesday (at least) when Patrick gets paid again. (we actually still have a lot of frozen fruit, soy milk, and meat)
For my own reference, here is a breakdown of where the money went. I find this interesting and if you have any desire to break down your own grocery bill, let me know...I'd love to come and see.
Soy (milk & yogurt) 38.00
Dairy (incl OJ, eggs) 37.00
Patrick's lunch stuff 21.00
Canned/Dry Goods (incl coffee) 28.00
Baking Supplies 6.00
Frozen Fruit (smoothies) 11.00
Other Frozen 11.00
(if this doesn't add up, I'm sorry...can't check, ruby's bed time!)
I'm going to keep posting on this and our other budget stuff as we go along...I know, thrilling. :)