Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Grocery Cart Challenge Balancing the Food Budget

My shopping is sporatic. Some weeks I buy hardly anything and then we may have a mega shopping trip and I am there almost every day looking for deals.
I keep all receipts so I can see what and where we are spending our food money.

Part of our life is going out in the day to hunt for treasures to sell on eBay. This is always over the noon hour so on these days we eat out. I know we could cut back and bring a sandwich but to us eating out is part of the experience. Our treasure hunting is not on a daily basis, since we do part time work for my nephew and this can get in the way of hunting, but is sure money which means food and gas money.

So back to the budget. We have a weekly budget of $125.00 for the two of us for groceries and paper supplies etc and eating out..

My week runs Sunday to Saturday

Week 1 ... 10/4 to 10/10 Groceries $5.45

Week 2 .... 10/11 to 10/17 Groceries $63,64

Week 3 ... 10/18 to 10/24 Groceries 0 money spent

Week 4 ... 10/25 to 10/31 Groceries $117.19 ( Mega Sale Week)

Total for these 4 weeks was $186.28 or an average of $46.57

Week 1 ... 10/4 to 10/10 Eating Out $ 56.66

Week 2 .... 10/11 to 10/17 Eating Out $ 56.99

Week 3 ... 10/18 to 10/24 Eating Out $107.49

Week 4 ... 10/25 to 10/31 Eating Out $77.44

Total for these 4 weeks $298.58 or an average of $74.65

This averages out $121.22 a week so with in our weekly budget when averaged out.

Interesting to put in on paper and look at it. You see what really happened in this household. How are you doing with staying within your budget
Next topic of discussion will be how can hubby and I eat out at lunch time the days we hunt for treasures and bring down that cost.
I have joined in on grocery cart challenge. Take a look at how others are doing. Leave a comment here and there to let others know you have stopped by.
Thanks for stopping by ... Lets Keep Saving .. Grace