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Last Month's Groceries

January 3rd, 2009 at 03:44 pm

I have spent some time the last couple of days figuring out where we went wrong on the Grocery/Personal Care/Cleaning budget last month. We spend 20% more that the amount budgeted.

Because I rank among the world's biggest nerds, I actually went through each grocery receipt, categorized each purchase and wrote the purchase down on a sheet of paper with the category heading at the top. Christmas food purchases sank our food budget. Like most people we have special food items we buy during the Christmas season and some of them are expensive. The dollar amount of these purchases was almost equal to the dollar amount over food budget last month.

I showed my sheets of paper to Mr H. First he said incredulously "You went through every grocery receipt?" Yes, there were quite a few, and while I tend to be organized with receipts I wasn't last month and had to spend some time finding them. He came to the same conclusion regarding Christmas food purchases, then he said something like, "This looks pretty much like what we eat. I don't see how we can spend less money on food." I didn't say anything but I thought, "Them's fighting words - sounds like a challenge to me."

4 Responses to “Last Month's Groceries”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    Sounds like a nice challenge. So, in February you can show him the food receipts and the total and see what he says about that!! Do you buy foods you can use coupons on?

  2. swimgirl Says:

    Love those challenges! I love funky little pieces of furniture from yard sales. When we lived in an 800 sq ft apartment with 2 kids years ago, my husband would say, "We can't fit one more thing in here!" which would just make me start scrounging for free/cheap/cute little pieces!

    My problem is if my husband ever goes to the store, he wrecks the budget! Once he came home with an organic pineapple. He was so proud of himself for thinking that pineapple would be good with the meal we were having that night. But an organic pineapple?!....$11.00!

  3. whitestripe Says:

    $11 for a pineapple??? i pay $1.50 for an organic pineapple here. gosh. that's unbelieveable!

  4. ralph Says:

    I like that method of showing your spouse how hard you are working at saving (in a measuring, non-threatening way of course) to help get their buy in. In my case, my daughter is helping because she has the goal of eating much more healthily, which also means less expensively in my book (more veggies, less expensive meat and packaged snack foods). And yup, when you tell most people that something can't be done, stand back and watch out! I love that about people!

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