- My average monthly grocery expenditure is $700. This includes all food items as well as regularly purchased toiletries, medicines, cleaning supplies, paper and plastics. It does not include clothing, gifts, gardening supplies, or other every-so-often household expenses like batteries, bath mats, Drano, etc.
- Though this is nearly 3 times what I spent per month on the mainland it is still only $117 per person per month OR $3.90 per person, per day. See what you can get at McDonald's for that!
- Out of that $700 a month I spend, on average, $33 on breakfast cereal. We go through over 13 pounds of cereal each month and my average purchase price on cereal is .15/oz.
- I also spend about $33 each month on milk (real milk). Milk always hovers around the $5 mark which means that we go through almost 7 gallons of milk each month, just under 2 gallons each week.
- Our meat expenditures have averaged $68 per month. The majority of this is Chicken Breasts and Ground Beef Patties at Costco but also includes lunch meats, tuna, shrimp, pork butt, chicken fryers and whatever else I can find a good price on.
- Produce expenditures eat up nearly $90 of my average month's budget! That buys about 85 pounds of fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables each month. Divided among all six family members that breaks down to a little over 14 pounds of fruits and veg per person, per month or .47 pounds per person per day.
- Toiletries (soap, shampoo, hair gel, anti-perspirant, acne creme, lotion, razors, toothpaste, etc.) consume about $50 each month. That is a much bigger number than I expected considering we don't use a lot of products. I guess I know now what area I need to concentrate on saving some money in!
- March--as in last month-- was my most expensive grocery month since stocking my cupboards last August. March's grocery expenses totaled $985.49.
- December was my least expensive grocery month totaling in at $279.61. That month we were saving all our pennies for Christmas and relied heavily on the food we had in the freezer. We only purchased fresh produce and milk that month.
- Though it is not part of my grocery budget I am tracking my container garden expenses too. Over the past year I have spent a total of $135 on pots, soil, seeds, starts, fertilizer and bug spray. (This does not include the cost of my Mother's Day gift: a potted Tangerine tree). From my container garden I have harvested a few bunches of green onions, cilantro and basil, two handfuls of strawberries, 3 small eggplants, one salad's worth of lettuce, two tomatoes, and a small sweet potato. I'm not getting my money's worth but I am having fun learning for a little more than $10 per month.
Thursday, May 31, 2012
Grocery Budget Break Down
Spent some time while sick in bed making a spreadsheet of all my grocery purchases since we moved to Hawaii (Yes, this is the kind of thing I do for fun.) and discovered a few very interesting things. At least I think it's interesting.