I realize that at the posting of this, February won't quite be over but, considering the fact that the next time I grocery shop I will be challenging myself for the month of March, I thought I would share the basic break down of where the money went. Since this was the first month of my challenge, I really need to track the items we bought so I could see what we are buying and where we can change.
Fresh Fruits/Veggies - $21.32
Dairy - $54.78
Tolietries - $8.00
Frozen Foods - $34.15
Pantry Items - $121.65
Bread - 13.37
Cleaning/Paper Products 60.54
Total : $484.17
A few notes:
* That total is not totally accurate. Why? Because I'm sure I missed a reciept or two of a quick run to the store or when my husband stopped to grab milk or something.
* This really only includes three weeks worth of shopping and I'm already $84.00 over budget.
* I was surprised by the low amount of fruits and veggies . . . but it is also winter and I tend to only buy Bananas and Apples. Add to the fact that the bananas in the store most of the month were green and hard - we didn't buy as many!
I'll be honest, I'm not 100% where I can cut back. Yes, we drink a lot and I can make a change to that category and there are snacks that can be cut out as well. I think what I really need to do is continue to try to plan for the month and buy stuff when it is on sale and when I have a coupon too.