I decided to track our grocery spending in January. Not my savings, just my spending. I like to keep our spending below $300 a month for no other reason than that is just a number I picked. That amount covers food, cleaning supplies, paper products, pet supplies, HBA, otc meds and makeup. So it is everything spent at the grocery store, drug stores and dollar stores. I only exclude prescription meds from the total.
So, I totalled up our spending at the end of the month and almost had a heart attack!! My total was $449.98. What??!! How the heck did we spend that much money??!! Don't worry, spending that money did not cause us any problems. We have the money to spend, I just don't want to. I guess that makes me cheap...I don't care.
Anyway, for a couple of days, I have been really bummed about spending that amount. Then I started looking at it. Well, first off, $102.82 was spent by Hubby on extra trips to the store for food he needed for a couple of camping trips and a couple of times he just wanted something we didn't have. So, shoot me for not having stockpile boudin. LOL! So, that made me feel a little better, since I only spent $347.16. I spent about $30 on makeup last month, which is out of the norm, but I was running low on some items and caught a good price and had coupons. So, that made me fell a little better
I also had to buy some Osteo Biflex. That stuff is expensive!!! I did buy it at CVS when it was on sale B1G1 and I used up all the ECBs I had been saving as well as a couple of high dollar coupons, but I still paid $23.99 out of pocket for 2 big bottles. It is 4 months worth, so I won't have to buy it again for a while.
I also did a little stocking up. When hamburger was a good price, I got 15 lbs of it. And most of MY groceries and other stuff I buy go right into the stockpile. Oh, and I have been buying goodies to put in Chance's care packages and I certainly don't begrudge that money at all.
So, after looking at more than just the total, I decided that we did just fine. Hubby and I talked and I think this month, we will only be buying needs and not doing much stockpiling. That would cut down on the spending. We will see how that goes.