Sunday, January 9, 2011
I've told you before but I'll tell you again....I'm a grocery geek. I have a grocery budget therefore, I like to know if I stay within my limits. Only way to do that is to track my spending.
For years now I have been saving all of my grocery receipts. I have a clear plastic envelope of sorts that hangs on my fridge. After each shopping trip, the receipt ends up there. At the end of the month I staple them together and tally the totals.
Some of you may remember that last year I announced that I was moving to an all cash grocery budget. I am happy to report that I stuck with it. All year. It's habit now and I love it. Well it turns out that we did quite well. Our annual total for groceries and household items was $5,651.98. Over 52 weeks that equates to $109 per week. Our best month was October, coming in at $344.91. Our most expensive month was December nearing the $600 mark. And yes, I did write a check for one of my trips because my grocery envelope was empty. Lots of entertaining, parties, etc. that month.
This month I am trying to clean up the freezer and pantry. FishMama is hosting her Pantry Challenge again this year so that is my motivation for trying to use it all up. Here is another place of interest to grocery geeks; I'm planning to follow this lady during 2011 to see what she does with $100/month.