First a look at the numbers:
March Grocery spending prior to my Spring break $304.20
Grocery Spending this week (Spring break $754.25
Total Grocery Spending for March $1058.45
Total Grocery Spending for February $175
Budget for Groceries $450 each month
One of the reasons that I continue to update and blog is that it proves accountability for me of some form. In addition, it allows me to glance back that years past and give a better perspective.
March 2018 Spending $726.27 March 2016 Spending $200
Now, let me explain at least part of the spending. I am enjoying a week long break from my job so I wanted to make sure I got lots of things in place to help the next 9-11 weeks go smoothly. We are entering a “busy” season for us, baseball 2-3 nights a week and then swimming for everyone starts in early May. My goal this week was to prepare ahead as many meals as possible which in the long run will save both time and money. I am actually ahead for the most part with this goal, I have already gotten 13 meals in the freezer with plans for at least 7 more before the week ends. So that is a total of 20 evening meals in addition to the 5 for this week. Just looking at that number I am averaging $42.33 a meal to feed 6 people. I also purchased 30 lunchables for the kids to take to school so that also reduces the amount.
Another way to look at my March spending is that I had $275 left in my grocery budget for February. I also purchased enough food that I don’t plan to spend much of my April budget for groceries either so if I leave $100 in the grocery budget for April then I am back to my monthly average of $450.
After looking at the numbers, overall I am very pleased with both the amount of spending and the amount of food that I have prepped ahead of time. I did way over spend this month but if I can control spending for the next couple of month I will definitely be back on track!