This grocery budget report July 2018 includes money spent on actual groceries and dining out.
EDIT: I've decided that this grocery budget report will be my last, at least for a while. Our spending has leveled out for right now and to be honest, these posts are a lot of work for little engagement or traffic. I also think that these reports are not evergreen in the sense that people in the future wont be looking up grocery reports from a very specific month years from now like they would a blog income report which I will continue with! Thank you for reading along!
It's about that time for another grocery budget report! These are more like food spending reports. I would like to keep our monthly dining and grocery spending $700 but honestly, that seems a bit unrealistic for us seeing as how food is a big part of our enjoyment in our lives and obviously it's my JOB and the heart of everything I do! This month is a more realistic number and the more I write out these reports, the more this is TOTALLY ok with me.
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Notable Things That Happened in July:
- I started eating again: well, I was never NOT eating but as evidenced by my recent IG stories and posts I have had a run in with very disordered eating and was restricting MAJOR food groups and fasting 16-18 hours a day. While I will leave the emotional side of this out, it pertains to this report because we naturally spent more money on food because I was allowing myself to eat MORE. This didn't mean overeating, it meant that I purchased things that sounded good to me that weren't meat or vegetables. Food is becoming fun again in my life which is why I have no problems spending more on it.
- We used our Costco Membership more: We went to Costco twice this month and both trips averaged $320 each. We're finding our groove with what we need to be buying there and it's safe to say that one trip really does last us about 2 weeks. One of the trips I didn't even have to buy fresh produce in between! Whether this saves us any money or not I can't really tell but there just some things that are way better to buy in bulk. Plus we buy all of our house goods stuff from there like dish soap, toilet paper, cleaning stuff etc.
- We barely went out to eat?: Yes, that is a question mark because I am SHOCKED we actually didn't go out to eat more. I think with the way our schedules are now mostly being M-F, it is much easier to make food at home for dinner and has become just a natural part of our day. When we have TIME to go out to eat it is usually the weekend and TBH crowds really do drive us away from going out to eat sometimes... and parking.
- Mikes Gas Station/SUBWAY habit lowered: This is amazing to me and I was really proud until he told me the reason was because Subway stopped carrying sparkling water. HA! Either way, we invested in 2 smaller soda stream bottles and a brand new HUGE lunch box for him which is just making him buy less which is good! I also see a couple cash withdrawls from him so I am wondering if he's hiding it hmmmm....
- I use my Business Loophole: As much shit as I give him, I also have to be honest here and tell you that I have had business meetings where I've had lunch and coffee which don't make it onto this spending report because they are written off for Thyme and JOY.
Grocery Budget Report July 2018 Metrics:
Grocery Budget Report July 2018
- Grocery Spending: $799.01
- Dining Out Spending: $125.02
- My Husbands Unfortunate Gas Station & Subway Habit: $25.34
- Total Spent on Food, Dining out and Husband's Addiction: $949.37
"Looking at the numbers now, I am super motivated by the fact that it IS possible for us to spend less on food. That extra money can go towards house projects, travel and paying of dreaded student loan debt while still eating really good."
This was a quote from last months post. In hindsight, I can see that I was very hung up on controlling EVERYTHING along with my food intake, so the thought of controlling money to spend LESS on groceries seemed very appealing at the time. At this point it is healthy for me to be completely laid back about this number because I'm working through some real deep shit with food right now. I need to be able to eat within reason and not restrict food groups or money spent on food and that is OK! We have proved that we naturally float in the $800 range of monthly money spent on food and until we have to change it (new job, kid, whatever)... we're happy with it!
Until Next Month!
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