Monthly Grocery Budget Check-in

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We are approaching the end of January so I thought this would be a good time to do a budget check up. My goal for January was to spend no more than $400 on groceries. When you are working with a goal and a budget it is good to do frequent check ups to gauge how you are doing. 

Total spent at each store this month:

Aldi: $115.01
Albertsons: $57.97
Target: $11
Publix: $21.85
Walgreens: $1.95
Walmart: $83.63
CVS: $22
Dollar Tree: $4.28
Olive Garden: $17
Burger King: $15
McDonals: $10

= $359.69

What this means to me is that we have $40 left to buy meats with. I did a trip to Walmart this morning for our staples, but I don’t like their prices on meat. I can get much better meat deals at our Albertsons. Plus, I still have some chicken and pork chops in the freezer to use up.

Had I not done a check-up, it would have been easy for me to justify going out and spending more on meats and perhaps another dinner out. But, now that I know what my balance is, I will be more watchful.

Do you find it helpful to do Budget/Goal check-ups? How often do you do yours? I keep a ledger on my desk, what do you use?

5 Comments
  1. We have a monthly budget of $500.00 and keep track of it each time I shop. There is no more money available after that. I use the excel program I found on the coupon project and I keep a tall on my blog to keep me straight. We started with $750.00 for a budget and have downsized it to $500.00 for a family of 5. You give me a little inspiration with your spending. Hopeing to live out less soon.

  2. I do my budget check weekly and we use a computer program to keep track of our spending. I also blog weekly about my grocery spending and that helps keep me on track and help me know where I am with our money.

  3. Hello! I like to hear how different people do different things with their grocery budget – do you include non food items in with your grocery budget (ie pull ups, napkins, toilet paper etc)?

    • Rebecca,
      Yes. I do include all our paper products and such in our grocery budget. Mainly because I don’t take the time to go through the receipts and break it down food versus non-food…lol. So, pretty much, my grocery budget is like a household budget.
      Lisa

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