Grocery budget question

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Grocery budget question
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Sat, 01-21-2012 - 5:10pm

Do you have a routine or system for keeping your grocery budget the same from month to month?

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Registered: 04-16-2008
Sat, 01-21-2012 - 8:46pm

I don't keep the same budget from month to month, partly because of my own financial planning, partly because of my crazy traveling job.

I would suggest, however, best to just track your grocery spending for a month before setting up a budget.

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Registered: 05-09-2002
Sat, 01-21-2012 - 8:52pm
i don't and my grocery budget really isn't a budget - I go in and buy what we need when we run low on everything. My DH is only home about 10 days a month so I am usually only shopping for me, and my diet is boring - I can eat the same things over and over and I basically have veggies, fruit and protein. (Cottage cheese, chicken, greek yogurt or almond milk.) I also buy nuts every time I go because I made my own cereal from them so ya, no budget because I am a complete bore who doesn't cook. I agree with demontespan too - I like being able to stock up if frozen veggies are on sale, laundry detergent, etc. And some months are tighter than others no matter how much planning I do, so I might do a big shop and then one little one one month, and the following month two big shops.
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Sat, 01-21-2012 - 10:09pm

It's very simple for me because I eat the same things. So my grocery bill remains constant unless I add a new food. You don't have to be as draconian as I am, since you probably don't have the same health problem, but I guess some sort of pattern in the food you eat will help stabilize the grocery budget.

Also, when I started this diet I was surprised how much cheaper simple cooking (really simple cooking) is compared to fancy cooking. Food still tastes good, and you get a chance to perfect, say, steamed broccoli or grilled chicken.

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Sun, 01-22-2012 - 7:36am
Hmm, that's an interesting point PB2011 and it's making me think. I'm trying to learn how to cook better and I've been attempting very fancy meals (often with exotic ingredients that involving speciality shops) and my grocery expenses have gone up. Maybe it's time to incorporate more simple meals.

Personally, I plan my meals weekly and shop weekly. I would get bored if I was eating the same foods over and over (except for eggs -- I am crazy about eggs!). I also indulge in good cheeses because I love cheese!

I average about $600 per month for 2 people. Obviously there's room for improvement. However, 2 years ago I was spending $800 or more per month (lots of frozen meals). So despite the fancy cooking, I've still managed to lower my bill.

Wow, planning meals 1 month in advance would probably feel overwhelming to me. Don't they change the meals to incorporate foods that are in season?

Kate


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Sun, 01-22-2012 - 11:03am
small_change wrote:
Hmm, that's an interesting point PB2011 and it's making me think. I'm trying to learn how to cook better and I've been attempting very fancy meals (often with exotic ingredients that involving speciality shops) and my grocery expenses have gone up.

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Sun, 01-22-2012 - 1:11pm

When my children were young and we had exchange students and I was working, I would keep a fairly simple meal plan going.

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Sun, 01-22-2012 - 1:50pm
PB2011, I'm totally jealous about the truffle story!

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Sun, 01-22-2012 - 5:14pm

Definitely hard to have champagne tastes on a beer budget lol.

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Sun, 01-22-2012 - 7:30pm
Meats...yes, I am about to incorporate that into my budget and good point about the price. Right now for 2 people, our grocery budget is about $300 - $350 a month, and we hardly ever eat meat in. I'm about to start ordering meat from a free range farm where the beef is grass fed and free roaming, etc., so I am sure that will up the grocery budget, but I think if I make only one meat dish a week at home, it won't be too bad. polyfacefarms.com is where I am going to get it from. I was a vegetarian for over 15 years and just getting back to meat, so I need to make it align with me. We eat mostly Paleo so I also want to buy butter, etc., from grassfed cattle and that is hard to find and I am sure pricey. I'm scared of my new grocery "budget" - well, I actually have to start making on haha. I think I will just buy the meat that is on sale on the website and stick with only sale items. Even though I have really boring tastes, I am starting to realize this paleo eating isn't the cheapest.
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Sun, 01-22-2012 - 7:36pm
No routine, no system and no real budget. One of the hardest things I have to deal with is that I don't know if BF is going to be around for diner and when I have to cook for both of us it's way more food. Since I've been dieting and watching what I eat, my grocery bills have shrunk significantly. Even when I started to buy more expensive, healthier options, it is still noticably less then premade junk!

Bex -

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