Our First Food Budget Check In – January’s Results

Our First Food Budget Check In - January’s ResultsAt the end of December, I published the post Our Plan To Finally Cut Our Food Spending. Below is a quote from that post:

When I first started blogging back in 2011, we were spending over $1,000 on food each month JUST for the two of us.

That sentence is something I will always be ashamed of.

Our food spending has always been out of control, but it is a habit we have been trying to change for several years. While we are not spending over $1,000 a month on food anymore, we are still not proud of the large amount of money we are wasting each month.

Food spending is an area we are trying to improve on because it can be a huge budget buster.

While I love food WAY more than the average person, I know I can eat healthier, have delicious meals, and save money if I just take control of the situation we are in by eating at home more often.

Below is our January food spending check in. [Read more…]

Our Plan To Finally Cut Our Food Spending

Our Plan To Finally Cut Our Food Spending Food PictureAs most of you know, our main financial problem is that we spend too much money on food. When I first started blogging back in 2011, we were spending over $1,000 on food each month JUST for the two of us.

It’s a number I still don’t even understand and I feel ashamed whenever I mention it. We have been doing better over the years, but nothing to be proud of.

Some of our problems related to food include:

  • We go to restaurants too many times each week.
  • Too much of our food is wasted and has to be thrown away.
  • We get lazy and tend to make the same meals over and over again.

That’s why one of our main goals for 2015 is to make more delicious meals at home.

We would like our average food budget for 2 each month to be somewhere around $500 per month. We want this monthly average food budget to include going out to eat and grocery spending, and I believe this is a number we should easily be able to achieve.

Since this is just a food budget for 2, $500 a month should be a reasonable number! I know there are many people out there who spend just a few hundred dollars each month for their growing families, and that is just amazing. [Read more…]

How to Eliminate Food Waste from Your Fridge

Organic Vegetable Boxes

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Did you know that I used to spend $800 per month on groceries? It’s true. Back when I was in school and living in the city, my fiance and I bought most of our food from the farmer’s market, and together we easily dropped $200 a week on groceries.

I wasn’t really tracking my expenses at that time. I only paid enough attention to my finances to make sure I didn’t run out of money at the end of the month. Other than that, I spent everything I had, and most of that went to food.

Since then, I’ve cleaned up my grocery budget significantly. I now spend about $400 per month for two people. We implemented a lot of changes in our grocery shopping habit to save this kind of money, but one of the biggest things we did was go to war on food waste. The biggest battleground was easily our refrigerator.

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Saving Money on Food and a GIVEAWAY

sushi

I love sushi, but it’s just too expensive!

It’s no secret that I’m really trying to save as much money as I can so that I can pay off my student loans as quickly as possible.

The thought of still having them in the summer time would make me sad (and a little mad), so I’m trying as hard as I can to keep with the goal of having them gone by March or April of this year.

On a side note, Sharon over at Midlife Mom Musings switched from Blogger to WP and wants you all to follow her on over there. I know what it was like when I switched from Blogger to WP, and I hated losing so many readers because they couldn’t find my link. I thought I’d make it a little easier for her :) And if you haven’t yet, please read my post about how to start a blog!

Anyways, my $38,000 Student Loan Payoff Plan is going well and I’ve already knocked out a big chunk. The other day I also completely knocked out a private student loan that I’ve had since 2007 that was almost up to $6,000!

I’ve been ramping up the ways that I make extra income and this has helped me a lot with paying down my student loan debt. I’m all about increasing my income!

However, even with all of our increases in extra income, we have been spending way too much on food. I know that if we didn’t eat out so much, then we would be saving even more.

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Sunday Meal Plan

Hey everyone! I feel like I haven’t made a Sunday Meal Plan post in what seems like forever. And not having a legitimate meal planning post has definitely hurt my wallet. I don’t think about the food I’m going to make as much as I would if I had a meal plan.

I pretty much just throw anything into the shopping cart, and call it good. Except, I never get anything that is good enough for a full meal!

I think the dining room plan that I have hopes for (click to view it from my old Sunday meal plan which has the picture) is finally going to be completed either this month or next.

My friend and I are driving to Ikea (WHY DON’T THEY HAVE ONE AROUND HERE?!) and plan on doing this soon. Hopefully this is sooner rather than later.

We are planning on eating in as much as we can for both December and January. Anyone want to join me on my challenge to eat at home as much as you can?

Also, since we will be on vacation from the 16th to the 19th, I am looking for a couple of guest posts. I would prefer the posts to revolve around money of course, but maybe about how you save on vacations, what side jobs you have, and/or what your long-term goals are. Is anyone interested?

So how is your food budget going? How much money do you think you’ll spend on food in December?

Here’s what I plan on making as our main course for each dinner:

What’s on your menu? Share any recipes :)

Sunday Meal Plan

Hey everyone! The weekend is going by way too fast, yet again :)

We’re doing okaaaaay with your food, but not the greatest. I need to cook at home more and I know that. But strangely, we are still spending the same amount (even though it is still too high). The boy used to have to eat out every day for his work break (at his work, there were no fridges or anything to store or make food, and people would steal each other’s food and other belongings) but now he is eating in everyday.

I have time to cook, yet I just don’t do it enough. Why oh why? I am ashamed of the amount that we are spending on food. My goal is to cook dinner 4 times this week.

Oh yeah, and I know some of you are asking why he doesn’t cook. He doesn’t cook because he gets off work at a different time everyday, and it’s always at least a couple of hours after me, so I don’t want to wait for him to come home and make food when I’ll already be starving :)

Here’s what I plan on making as our main course for each dinner:

What’s on your menu? Share any recipes :)