When I did my new year assessment and goal setting session, I decided I wanted to get a clearer picture of how much I spend on groceries. I have shared a lot of weekly hauls and spending before and it’s been met with a lot of interest. However, it’s never really shown the whole picture. I decided to commit to sharing our grocery spending each month for the year.
As I dive into the first recap, here’s some details on how I’m tracking:
This spending accounts for food and drinks only. If I go to Costco and buy storage bins, I take that amount off of the total before adding it to my tracking spreadsheet. Wine and Zevias count because they are consumable. Toothbrushes and toothpaste do not.
Eating out is not factored in. In general, we eat maybe once a week. January is a little different because we went skiing for a couple days. However, in an effort to keep things simple, I’m only accounting for grocery spending, since we eat the large majority of our meals at home when not traveling.
This isn’t designed with an intention to try and stay within a certain budget or to focus on decreasing spending. You know how the best way to begin a budget is to spend a month or two tracking what you are currently spending to get a clear picture of where you’re starting? This is me doing that for food spending and sharing it.
We don’t subscribe to any particular diet. We do focus on eating whole foods, largely organic, and quality protein. These totals do not include supplements, but I’d estimate we spend an additional $130 a month on pre-workout, protein powder, immunity vitamin packs, and collagen.
Ok… January food spending… let’s go!
- Costco: $83.92
- Food Lion: $209.48
- Harris Teeter: $31.34
- Publix: $438.97
- Whole Foods: $336.89
- Butcher Box: $178.50
- GRAND TOTAL: $1,279.10
I have some thoughts and action items for February:
First, I’d like to do an Aldi trip and restock my pantry staples like rice, beans, tortilla chips, salsa etc. I know some people swear by their produce, but I have not had good luck with it. However, I love many of their organic pantry options and staying stocked on those help keep other costs down.
Costco was surprisingly low this month. That’s a happy surprise, though I feel I could have spent less at Publix if I did a little better planning and bought produce that we eat a lot of, like mandarins, apples, celery, avocados, etc at Costco.
I’ve long been a Whole Foods fan, but it is the furthest store from me and I no longer do their delivery since they implemented the $10 delivery fee. I do love their selection and quality, but unless I’m driving by there, I see it fading out in favor of closer conveniences.
Being that it’s only my first month of tracking, I don’t have a lot to extrapolate from this info, but I do feel empowered just by tracking it and having a better idea of what we are spending! And before anyone tells me to head to Trader Joes… we don’t have one! Well, the closest one is about 40 minutes from my house, so not feasible for frequent shopping 🙂
Do you track your grocery spending? Do you find it helpful?