In one of my previous posts, I received a few comments about the categories I included in my monthly grocery spending report. It got me thinking (it happens!). I do include pet food, household products and personal care items in my budget, not just food. We host a fairly large family dinner every Sunday! So what if, after reporting my May 2018 grocery spending, I fudge the numbers a little this month and see how much our food spending truly is?
Money Scrap Grocery Spending Challenge:
My 2018 grocery spending challenge is to reduce our spending by 30% to $200 per week. You can see where it all started here Monthly Grocery Spending Report – The Beginning.
Or check out all my previous reports here.
Why $200? Because it seems like a reasonable number to reach, taking into consideration there are five adults in the house and I seem to be the only one in the family working on this challenge!
You can see how I planned to tackle my grocery challenge in this post How I Plan to Save $60 a Week on Groceries.
May 2018 Grocery Spending
A new chart to keep things more entertaining!
Our spending was good in May (better than April).
Our average per week this month was $217 for ALL grocery spending and $194 for food only, equivalent to $840 for a month! It is a slow process and we may be stuck around the $220 mark. It’s hard when my partner and kids are not always on board with this challenge.
We definitely won’t win an award for Extreme Frugality!
I was gone for half the month but it offset the higher spending for my “not so frugal” family to take care of groceries!
Here is our detailed “May 2018 grocery spending” (5 weeks – April 28 to June 1):
- Meat/Fish: My partner did some shopping ALONE! No further comments.
- Dairy & Cheese: Bought more cheese this month, in addition to our regular purchases. With the nicer weather, we eat more salads and it’s nice to add feta cheese or bocconcini to change things up.
Check out May 2018 grocery spending vs. September 2017 or “How to squeeze in another chart”:
Not all that impressed?
What If I Fudge The Numbers A Little!
Let’s adjust the numbers to reflect the true cost of food for our family. I will remove the following categories: pets, household products and personal care items. Seems right, it’s not food and not always considered groceries (I did say fudging).
Now another big one, the weekly Sunday family dinners we host (up to 14 of us). I got sucked into it! No comment. Obviously it’s hard to determine how much Sunday dinners add to our grocery spending. We usually have left overs (not always) and the five of us would still have to eat regardless.
My partner prefers (translation: not the day he wants to hear about my grocery spending challenge!) if we prepare a
n expensive nice dinner because we are hosting his family (mine is a little too far to come over for dinner!) so it may cost us an average of $35 (the meat alone is expensive). I will make the assumption we would spend $15 if it was just the five of us (because it is Sunday and I would have more time to prepare a gourmet meal. Haha, just kidding! I would enjoy reading a good book instead). So $20 each week is my estimate for the additional mouths to feed.
What is our
Fudged True Grocery Spending:
My calculation is as follows:
$1,084 – $18 (pets) – $28 (personal care) -$69 (Household) – $100 ($20 x 5 weeks for May) = $869 for May (5 weeks) or
$173.84 per week on Food!
Thank you! Thank you!
Did I fudge the numbers? What is the correct number? Does it really matter? NO, it doesn’t. Why? Because my goal is to reduce MY own grocery spending by 30%. So as long as I report my numbers consistently, who cares what’s included in them or not! Did I reach MY goal?? NO, not yet! But getting closer.
How about you, how well did you do with your grocery spending this month? What would/do you include in your report?
Also trying another plugin this week:) If you could be kind enough to test it for me by simply voting below:
Check out a few other monthly expense reports:
- Lily’s Income & Expense May Update at The Frugal Gene
- Kris’ May Expense update over at Chronicles of a Father with Cents .
- Angela’s Monthly Financial Update at Tread Lightly, Retire Early
Or ALL my previous ones here.