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Starting To Track Food Expenses

October 28th, 2006 at 05:37 pm

I never really realized that food is expensive. Gone are the days That I could get a bag of groceries for under $20.00. What really made me start to truly track my food expense is that today me and my partner went to pick up a few things at the supermarket( Pathmark) and we came out of there having spent $90.00 for a few bags of things. We stuck to the items that were on sale for 10 for $10.00. Which comes out to $1.00 each.We also bought some cold cuts, fish and some other meats all on sale. beause of this expense that from now on I am going to track how much we spend on food and eating out and how many times we go. Our goal is to cut our food bill for 2 people to less then $100.00 a month. I know that we spend more then that now.
On the good news tip we returned soda bottle and got $1.50 back YA!

Total
Spent Food $90.00

Saving
Returned Bottles $1.50

We must do better!

2 Responses to “ Starting To Track Food Expenses”

  1. sarah Says:

    Good Luck. I have struggled with food bills. I live alone and I spend more than a hundred dollars a months and I'd like to lower that also. Please let us know how you fo?

  2. baselle Says:

    Meat can be quite expensive, especially if you're buying it all at once. Also things like detergent and cleaning products can really hike things up if you are buying those at once also. So stocking up to keep yourself from buying everythign expensive all at once and using a price book can help, as can going meatless/dish with meat flavor for a meal a week. (tricks like using lentils and beans, use felafel, vegetable soup with a bit of smoked meat for flavor, cut the amount of ground meat in spaghetti sauce by half).

    Another thing to check on is food waste - do you buy a lot and then throw a lot out. I'm a little bit evil according to my DH, because I will tuck in leftovers in the entree. Smile I've noticed that prices have gotten far more expensive lately, with fewer deals. November, right before Thanksgiving, should bring better food deals.

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