My grocery budget in the past has always been $400 a month. This year I am hoping to cut that by at least a $100 a month. We will see if that happens or not. Either way it is a challenge I am gonna try to reach.
For the month of January I spent $411.13. $11.13 over my normal budget :( After further looking over my receipts I come to realize I spent $160.88 stocking up on good sale prices I saw through out the month.
For February we should do much better with the budget. I plan to do my grocery shopping this week for most of the month.
We just had a Costco open up 7 blocks from our house. My biggest obstacle in keeping my grocery budget low will be keeping my husband out of that store. He is fascinated with shopping there :(
In January I did not take my grocery money out in cash to spend. This month I have already withdrawn half of the cash from our account and I plan to withdrawal the rest this week. Whatever is left in cash at the end of the month I will deposit into our car fund.
I am really hoping that my meal planning has helped to pay off. Now I just need to be weary of buying to many sale items even if they are at a good stock up price.