I have been re-working our budget recently (it has been too long since the last time!) because money seemed to be slipping through the proverbial cracks.
Looking back- my grocery budget used to be $200-$250 a month which equals out to $50/$75 a week! Well, I had gotten out of the habit of using cash to purchase the groceries and discovered ain't no way/no how I was spending just $50.00 a week on groceries and necessities (like diapers, dog food, etc.) Heck, buying dog food would eat up HALF of that!
So then I started keeping track of receipts and discovered I have actually been spending between $100/$150.00 a week on grocery trips! (Without having budgeted for it, mind you.) But I don't buy name brand, I don't buy almost any convenience foods ( I do buy bread and I do buy tortilla chips), I don't buy 'treats' except for Ritz crackers. I buy mostly ingredients. Staples, if you will. We have our own beef and I grow lots of things to eat/put up/freeze. We do buy lots of cheese (which could be lessened) and lunch meat for Matt's lunches (which is expensive) so those are unnecessary expenses.
I know food has gotten more and more expensive and I have also noticed (have you?) that the same size packages have smaller weights now? 'Tis true! So you believe you are buying what you always have been and maybe spending an extra dime or two- meanwhile there is less food!
All of this got me to thinking- how much do other people spend per week on food? Is $150.00 a ludicrous amount of money to spend on this family or do I have some serious tightening up to do? It seems an outrageous amount of money for us to give up every week- we could really use that elsewhere. If I am wasting it, I wanna know. And if I am not, I'd like to know that too.
So my question is...
How much money do you spend per week on groceries?
How many people are in your family?
How many meals do you serve at home each day?
So....yeah.... it's actually three questions.
I am not out to judge anyone's spending habits but my own!
This is a NO JUDGEMENT ZONE, but if you are uncomfortable sharing such personal information, feel free to post anonymously!
Thanks to all who comment! I appreciate you taking the time!