Monthly Grocery Budget Check-in
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:
Dollar Tree: $4.28
Olive Garden: $17
Burger King: $15
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?