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!
Last month, I decided to lift my self-imposed limit of shopping at only two grocery stores each week. The intention was to score the great deals at each store, but it also meant the potential for spending more of my time grocery shopping. Which is why I tracked my time shopping as well.
For time tracking, I only included my driving time on stops that were out of my way. Most of the time, I stop at the stores that are en route to my daughter’s school, so I don’t include that driving time since it’s time I would have spent driving anyway. Since I’ve never tracked my shopping time before, it’s hard to evaluate, but I’ll continue to track it for comparison sake. I spent 4 1/4 hours grocery shopping in November.
While I did make extra stops at the stores, they generally weren’t planned out at all. In fact, it was typically, “I forgot to get ___”. With Thanksgiving and a birthday thrown into the mix of an already busy month, I admit, I didn’t always shop the sales. And it shows in the expenses.
I’m still going to allow myself to shop at as many stores as I want in December, but try to plan/prepare and shop the sales more carefully. The key will be to adequately prepare for the week of Christmas well in advance.
So, what exactly did I spend on groceries in November? November’s groceries came in at a grand total of….$343.42. Yikes! Over my goal of $300!
As I’ve mentioned before, Hy-Vee offers fuel saver rewards on some of the products purchased. This month we earned $0.53/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 $10.60 for the month. If you figure that into the grocery expenses, it brings my total down to $332.82.
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So, here you are, grocery voyeurs – the photos of the actual food purchased, stores I shopped and money spent! Enjoy!
Not pictured (oops lots of these this month!!):
HyVee: $3.98 (butter)
HyVee: $12.48 (avocado, cucumber, nori, sushi rice for Homemade sushi night!)
Fareway: $4.33 (bananas, celery, apples)
HyVee: $8.00 (4 boxes of cereal)
HyVee: $9.92 (sausage, butter)
Aldi: $34.84 (ice cream (2), pomegranates, pretzels, 3 gallons milk, almond milk, eggs, cauliflower, buns, summer sausage, lemonade, deli ham)