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Grocery Spending - Tracking

November 7th, 2018 at 07:28 am

I read somewhere (Budget Mom?) that a reasonable amount for spending for consumables is $100/month/person. I've got six now (everyone is home full-time for the time being). So I *should* be spending $150/week. I will also add that my spending includes lunches for everyone (they either are home at the noon hour or pack a lunch). I've been tracking (back at it) for three weeks now.

Oct-Week 3 - $162.50
Oct-Week 4 - $120.00
Nov-Week 1 - $112.50

The week 3 was high because there was a Sams run and I purchased several items that I don't normally buy at Aldi's or Jewel.

This week's expenses include my ingredients for today's cooking session that includes:

- California meatloaf
- Black bean and corn quesadillas
- Taco filling
- Oven baked chicken tenderloins
- Chickpea and peach curry

The above totals include all consumables such as personal care products/pet food/paper and cleaning products too.

Only way to improve is to be candid about the situation. I would like to get that down closer to the $100 range, even though I operate under the $150. (Please keep in mind that guideline doesn't suggest a HCOLA or diets that need to accomodate keto or gluten free - just a random target number that I gathered from watching IG videos). With today's cooking session that will get us through at least four days of meals, I am hoping that Nov-Week 2 will be around $60. We'll see!

6 Responses to “Grocery Spending - Tracking ”

  1. rob62521 Says:

    I think that budgets like that can range widely due to where you live and grocery prices. I spend more than most because I buy a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables due to health issues. But, I try to save in other areas. I make a lot of stuff from scratch. I know some weeks I spend more than I do other weeks because some times I stock up on stuff on sale and then maybe a couple of weeks later, I only buy the fresh stuff like bread, milk, eggs, and yogurt.

  2. Wife of the Deacon Says:


    I have yet to figure out a way to keep it consistent weekly. I do know that in order to keep it the lowest I have, I've needed to run to Dollar Tree weekly for frozen fruit for smoothies. My sons just finished soccer season and they almost eat me out of house and home (snacks for after school before practice turned to second lunches). And nuts are expensive. My daughters do cook almost weekly and they'll pick up ingredients for their meals that aren't in house so that lowers it too! And the boys and my husband are meat eaters, though lots of chicken has crept in!

  3. scottish girl Says:

    I think you're doing great! Meal plan sounds good.

  4. livingalmostlarge Says:

    I personally think you are doing well. I usually get around $150-200/month between $600-800/month for our family of four. When I was being stringent i could do $400. But $600 is not bad and $800 generous. Usually I'd say around $600 with $200 here and there going to stockpiling non-persishables or good deals on stuff. Mostly good deals on soda, toilet paper, paper towels, cleaning. Then it'll be a big load up.

    By the way made the chicken crock pot chili and my kids loved it. We ate it with frito chips (big bag on sale from costco)! Thank you! we ate 2 dinners and froze the rest for lunches for me for later.

    My plan for the rest of the week i'm not sure. Next week i'm thinking of baked potato soup in crock pot.

  5. laura Says:


    @livingalmostlarge - I'm so glad that you enjoyed the chili. Baked potato soup sounds great! One of the only benefits of Midwest winters is soup season (IMO)! I really belong in Southern California full time, but that's a few years away.

  6. livingalmostlarge Says:

    Instead we did chinese take out wednesday with leftovers thursday and not still a tiny bit of leftovers we are doing teriyaki meatballs and rice still instead for dinner with miso soup and fried rice. Saturday is pizza out with friends and Sunday I'm thinking more miso soup.

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