Here’s the run down on how much I spent on food for the month of February:
Aldi’s -$51.96 (they had Salmon and Tilapia on sale)
Target-$11.25 (this was a milk/egg run)
Eisenberg’s-$16.34(This is discount fruit store in downtown St. Paul)
Trader Joe’s-$21.40 (This was at the beginning of the month before I had even decided to try this.)
That’s a grand total of: $477.32
Okay, that even surprises me! I thought I was a little over $500! That’s like $1.83 per person, per day! What an awesome thing! We haven’t been eating like paupers either!
But let me tell you, I have never spent so much time in the kitchen as I have this past month! I don’t resent it or anything and I was rewarded with a few new cast iron pans, but still, saving this kind of money takes a
BIG HUGE commitment! We have eaten through a lot of our reserves, there’s not a whole lot in my garage fridge or my basement freezer. My Azure cart already has almost $200 worth of product in it for my March order. That won’t actually come out of the March budget though, it will come out of April. Anyway, I don’t know if I can do this every month, but it’s nice to know I can do it if I need too!
I just got done writing up a menu for the next three weeks and I am going to do another three weeks worth of shopping. I still want to stay committed to making as many things from scratch as possible and to keeping our food expense as low as possible. I don’t totally like the “law” that comes with a budget, it doesn’t allow for surprises, but it’s also a boundary that keeps me on track!
How’d you do managing your food in February? Even if you didn’t make your goal, keep at it, it’s a worthy pursuit!