Every month, I spend an absolutely absurd amount of money on food and groceries. I buy food for a family of 3 ( Wife, son, and myself ), and I rarely come in under the $1,000 per month mark for food. It’s horrible. I know that a huge part of my problem is that we eat out way to much – it shows in my budget, and it my waistline, which has nudged upwards a bit in the past few months. But even without the eating out expense, my grocery spending is way, way beyond what I think it should be.
So, now that I admit I have a problem, what can I do about it? For starters, eating out is going to be a twice-per-month venture now. I’m also going to start bringing my lunch to work again – “brown bagging” it, as some say. Subway is nice, but awfully expensive when you add it up over time. More chicken and less beef at home ( chicken costs less, at least ’round these parts ).
Groceries are truly a mystery to me though. I buy store brand when I can – some store brands just aren’t as good as brand names. I do drink a lot of soda which I’m sure doesn’t help… but I buy when it’s on sale. I need to switch back to Sam’s Cola or something really. It’s much, much cheaper, and doesn’t taste a whole lot different.
Overall, I have a lot of work to do. Food is undoubtedly the weakest part of my budget, and something I need to work on, starting today.