I started keeping track this past February. When I begin to feel down about how much my monthly total is, I just look back at February and feel better...haha!
So here are all the previous month's totals along with December!
Here it is: The previous monthly recaps: This is for, on average, a family of 4 adults.
February:Groceries=$1287.95. Eating=$51.67. Total-$1339.62
March: Groceries= $573.20 Eating out= $138.42. Total-$711.62
April: Groceries=$411.40 Eating out=$99.19. Unknown-$41.41 (All I know it went to food). Cash left-$48. So all this equals $600.
May: Groceries= $640.56 Eating out=$211.71. Total-$852.27
June: Groceries=$776.41 Eating out=$509.77 Total-$1276.18
July: Groceries=$779.57 Eating out=$381.53 Total-$1161.10
August: Groceries - $691.43 Eating out - $93.27 Total=$784.70
September:Groceries - $470.49 Eating out - $29.92 = $500.41
October: Groceries - $626.06 Eating out - $220.00 = $846.06
November: Groceries - $506.78 Eating out - $96.70 = $603.48
Now for December:
We had a harder month. Since I am the main person who cooks and buys the food, when I am down, the budget suffers because we get take out more often. I got sick with some head cold exactly on December 1st. It is the 30th and I still have an occasional cough but I feel so much better. I was down and out for almost 2 weeks though. In addition to that, our fridge broke. It was about 13-14 years old and original to the house. The freezer works great and I thought that the man had fixed it, but it broke again. It is probably something as simple as the fan, but he really is not mechanically inclined and our friends were selling a newer one super cheap so we went ahead and bought that one. I will say though I am super glad we have a garage fridge! That saved our food from spoiling! I thought about stocking up on baking supplies, but by the time I was feeling better most of the sales were done with so no stocking up was really done. I did do some baking and we did splurge on holiday snacks and that brought up the grocery amount. Anyway, on to the totals:
December: Groceries - $612.12 Eating out - $213.47 = $825.59
Overall, much better than I thought it would be....and I think that is partly due to my MIL living with us and buying some stuff and my daughter living back home and buying stuff too. Still not as bad as it was when I first started keeping track!