Each month, I share an update on exactly how much my family spent on groceries, plus what we harvested from the garden, complete with pictures!
Back in October, I lifted my rule on not going to the grocery store more than twice a week. The hope was it would help me score more sales at multiple stores and, ultimately, allow me to reduce my grocery spending even further. The results after two months? Fail!
Even though I allow myself to stop at the store more than twice a week, I haven’t seen a reduction in my grocery expenses. Not at all. In fact, I’ve had more of a tendency to just run there and pick up a few things at a time to get us by for a couple of days.
In November, I started tracking my time grocery shopping (and driving to the store if it wasn’t already on my route). The total was 4 ½ hours. Time spent in December? I have no idea. Another fail on my part.
I haven’t been planning my grocery trips well. I actually think this is the result of the having soooo many additional things on the calendar for November and December. I can give you all the excuses, but I really don’t think you want to hear them! 🙂 And they are just that – excuses.
So, what can I say? New year, new start? That is definitely the plan. I’m starting off January with a No Spend Month. I have committed to only buying milk and fresh fruits/veggies for the entire month. My pantry is overflowing, so this is the perfect opportunity to use up the extra food.
That said, I admit, I did stock up a little toward the end of December. I had a small moment of panic around the holidays and was afraid I may be pushing the family (teenagers) a little too far with the lack of food. I didn’t go overboard on stocking up, though. Believe me, it will still be a huge challenge, particularly after the first week or two.
December Grocery Spending Total
So, what exactly did I spend on groceries in December? December’s groceries came in at a grand total of….$345.25. Whoa Nelly! I was way over my goal of $300 for the month.
Hy-Vee offers fuel saver rewards on some of the products purchased. This month we earned $0.41/gallon credit for gas up to 20 gallons. Since we use the full 20 gallons at the discounted rate, the amount saved in gas through these grocery purchases is $8.20 for the month. If you figure that into the grocery expenses, it brings my total down to $337.05.
So, here you are, grocery voyeurs – the photos of the actual food purchased, stores I shopped and money spent! Enjoy!
What I bought
Not pictured (oops!!):
Costco – $18.98 (2 Cans of Coffee)
Fareway – $3.79 (bananas, potatoes)
Fareway (2 bags of chips and crackers) – GIFTED to us! A kind stranger gave us this wonderful, unexpected gift on Christmas Eve. This brought tears to my eyes and filled my heart with joy. And believe me, I fully intend to pay it forward!