It has definitely been a weird month, grocery wise, around here!
(I will still be putting out the fully detailed grocery post at the end of the month but wanted to talk a little about what has been happening.)
Thanks to my new habit of writing everything I spend down in my new financial notebook I am seeing a really interesting trend.....
I have gone to at least one grocery store NINE days this month so far! YIKES!
Since my first shopping trip on the 4th, I have gone at least every other day to buy more groceries! Now, I'm not spending a ton each and every trip but still...
I just added up what I have spent so far this month and (thankfully) it's not that crazy compared to what I have spent in previous months. Right now, I have spent:
Now, way back in the beginning of the year, I had originally wanted my grocery budget at or under $580 per month. This month I should be able to hit this old target or at the very least come darn close to it.
Here's the other interesting thing though....
Also, thanks to my notebook, I am now tracking our eating out expenses. Now, even though I didn't officially track this in past months, I am 100% positive that this month's expenses have been drastically less! Right now, I have spent:
on take out/fast food. (I am excluding our day trip to Vermont at the beginning of the month and focusing just on what I would normally spend being home on this.)
So, I am wondering if more frequent trips is working better for me since I have begun to plug the eating out leak....
Or is this more because I am using my notebook and writing everything down?
Maybe a combination of both?
What do you think?