It’s about time I looked over my finances and checked out my food spending trends.
February was a month I needed to start buckling down on expenditures. I think I did pretty well, but there is always room for improvement. For example, you can probably tell when I got a lil‘ tipsy there – Popeye’s was an allowable purchase, hah ha.
Total expenditures for food/dining for the month were $246.73 This is inclusive of all spending I did on food, and that Albany John spent at the veggie cart.
$56.95, or 23.1% of total spending
$44.75, or 18.1% of total spending
Food for House:
$145.03, or 58.8% of total spending
I got a head cold near the end of the month, and for some reason that really triggers the food craver in me (I really wanted fresh fruit & veggies). I don’t think my household really needed some of the purchases from the 20th on. So I could have scaled back there, but instead that was going on in my head was (imagine whiny voice) “But I’m siiiiiiick.”
We scaled way back on drinking. Drinks are like food in my house – if it’s there, I would like to have some. That said, it’s not like I chugged that bottle of cheap gin, so there’s still over half left. Gin’s also one of my least favorite spirits, so it’s worked in the whole theory of “No, you don’t need to buy more booze because you already have some at home”. I also have been lazy in the cocktail making department, so that also helps. I am not a gin on the rocks kind of gal. If I ever become one, maybe you should hand me an AA pamphlet or something.
And while I scaled back one vice, I forgot one of my other vices… when I get antsy I start baking sweets in the middle of the night. I consider it calming, but on the other hand I’ve been eating a few more cookies before bed time than I probably should.
Lord, I love the Capital District Community Garden’s Veggie Mobile! They make fresh veggies affordable. Carrots galore, hooray! Fresh veggies make me smile. I like to eat a lot, so when I’m on a budget I tend to chub up, as more affordable foods like beans, rice & some occasional dairy fats can be calorically high.
I didn’t buy much meat this month. Meat is expensive, so I’ll order it when I dine out, but if I’m at home I’ll get some (primarily canned) fish for a non-veg treat and that’s about it. Other than that, I splurged on 1/2 a pound of deli turkey at Shop Rite.
I also feel like I bought much more dairy than I normally would have this month, and the wrong kinds of dairy. Next month (March) will have yogurt not half-and-half.
However, I guess at the end of the day (err, month), even considering my errors, I didn’t do too poorly. The USDA’s most recent food plan from December 2009’s “Thrifty Plan” lists a budget $345.60 for a family of two. And for actual food spent for the month, we averaged under the “Thrifty Plan” for a single female in my age range.
I’m also really thankful for the other points in the month that my family fed me. Chinese New Year with my Dad’s side of the family & CVS/Manhattan Maka, and dinner at my Mom’s. At some points in the month I felt a little socially deprived – I am used to having people over at my house for dinner, but when I’m not sure I am able to feed them… well, I don’t have people over.
SCCC Dinner for two people – $44 (I had already made plans and squirreled away the funds to go. I think it would have been improper to cancel going to dinner after having initiated the plans)