Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Grocery Budget Update May 2014

We have spent $651 this month on groceries. At what point do I just give up on my $500 grocery budget and increase it? We have added one more person and food keeps going up. We also prefer to entertain at home rather than going out and we tend to do more of that in the summer months. I seem to be over budget for groceries more months than not.

I guess I should just increase it to $550 or $600 a month. Has anybody else increased their grocery budget lately?

11 comments:

  1. I don't even budget for groceries as our spending is so different month to month. If you always go over and don't plan on cutting back it's probably best to increase your budget.

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  2. I don't really budget for groceries, but I do shop for deals and keep a mental list of what things cost. Groceries have been going way up in my neck of the woods! $.50 might not seem like that much, but when you multiply it by the number of items you buy each month, it really adds up!

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  3. I'm thinking of upping my budget. I am trying to stick to $100 a week for 2 adults and two children. This time of year though, there's always extras to buy. I like having all the fresh fruit that's available now and there's lots of parties and cookouts to take food to. I might up it to $115 per week and see if that helps.

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  4. I loosely try to do $400 a month....tried $300 but it was too restrictive unless we ate less quality of food. If I go over it's no biggie for us as we don't spend everything we bring in each month. I take it as a challenge to keep it around $400....it adds spice to my life but it's if I go over it's not a disaster.

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  5. I think you're a year behind in your title. :)

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  6. What budget? I buy loss leaders and what I need. I think we spend around $300.00 on groceries, but there are just two of us.

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  7. We keep eating fast food out because we are lazy. But if we are not lazy like we have been, we have been able to keep to $250 per month on groceries but it's alot easier for us because it's just two of us and he'll eat anything, lol!

    I actually like sam's club for bulk buying. I think in the long run, it does save abit of money. Also, are there any co-op gardening places around your area that you can negotiate for some vegetables with a couple of hours of dirt work each week?

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  8. We have a set budget of $400/month, now we may go under this by a few dollars or over it by a few dollars, but what we do is borrow from the next month if we are over. If we went 3 weeks and spent $400, we then borrow money from the next month's grocery budget $100, so the next month's budget will only have $300. In every instance that this ends up happening it balances out, it's crazy how it works. Now we have had extra cash added to the budget as well, like a $25 check for our anniversary or Costco sending a check for using the credit card(my wife's not mine).

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  9. To tell the truth I'm not really tracking my grocery purchases these days. Horrors!! That will have to STOP when I begin my pension in July. Then I hope to stick to $50 per week once I get my pantry stocked up.

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  10. Budgeting is never consistent. Times change, prices increase and the demand of the family varies. It is never easy, so you need to be wise. Anyway, it's really wise of you to spare and save a budget for your groceries. Thanks for sharing that! Kudos and all the best to you!

    Rebecca Cross @ ADVBAC

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