My husband and I spend about $400+ on groceries and $200 on dining out every month. At least that’s the amount I came up with after several cursory checks of our joint credit card bill. We charge most of our expenses and it seems like an accurate figure. However, that is a lot of money even if we live in an expensive area like Los Angeles. This figure does not include toiletries or household goods but includes alcohol and bottled water. Truthfully we’re puzzled by this high amount. For health reasons, we often eat mostly vegetarian. I bring my lunches 3-4 times a week. Maybe it all boils down to seafood and imported cheese?
For the month of January, we’re actually tracking everything. This exercise will hopefully curb spending toward the end of the month. (We won’t cheat and go out to eat more in order to reduce grocery bills!) My husband thinks we can whittle this down by at least $100. We’ve spent about $125 so far and it’s only the 13th.