Ever since I realized we spend an average of $400 per month on groceries (for 2 adults), I’ve been trying to cut costs. In January, we actually started tracking our expenses during the month instead of tallying it up at the end. Big difference! Just being more price-conscious reduced our spending by $70. However, I can’t say yet if we succeeded or not, or whether this is a fluke or a real change. Here’s why:
1 ) We didn’t track dining out expenses. I have no idea if we made up for the reduced grocery bill by dining out more often.
2 ) Feast or Famine mentality: As soon as February 1st hit, my husband and I both went shopping. I bought 5 boxes of pasta while my husband spent $67 on groceries. In other words, we had held back our spending in order to make the $331 January goal. It’s easy to make the mistake of eating lamb and seafood during the first few weeks and then become end up with a rice-and-beans diet toward the end of the month.
We’ll have to see how it goes this month. The $67 should last us a week or longer, plus we have food in the pantry.