Well, as I mentioned before, its only half way through Oct and I have already spent more than $200 on food. There are some good reasons, but nonetheless.... Hubby suggested that I aim for $2400 annually, rather than a monthly budget, as some months are more expensive. Why?
This month, I purchased several staple items that I won't need to buy again for 4 to 6 months. This includes:
rice (both short grain and basmati)
And several items I won't purchase again for 1 to 2 months:
whole, peeled, canned tomatoes
Also, we are hosting some Indian friends this weekend, and as they are vegetarian, I've purchased (1) more vegetables than I would normally in a month, and (2) enough to feel 2 more adults. I purchased the basmati rice as a treat for them and us. And the 20 lb bag of basmati cost more than the 50 lb bag of short grain; this is quite the treat!
We are looking at joining the local CSA. I see a few pros and a few cons to this...
a chunk of veggies at less than I'd pay at the store
fresh, pesticide free veggies
likely to get some veggies we just don't like
more veggies than we could eat... if we aren't intentional.
Yes, I'm looking for a friend to go halves with us. There are only 2 of us, and we are only learning how to eat veggies in larger amounts and more regularly. It doesn't come naturally to either of us.
I'm thinking October will round out to about $300, which means I've averaging $250. I do think I going to aim more to keeping the average around $200 rather than each month at $200.
How are you doing with your food budget? Have you started any new strategies? I'd love to have a conversation about this with others with similar goals!