I challenged myself to finish out the month without major grocery shopping, and what I did need to be less than $60. I guess I technically failed. :) I spent $111 dollars to finish out the month. But, here is my disclaimer: I spent less than the $60 on milk and produce. A couple of things came into play that I did not take into consideration. My guys had a cake baking contest to enter, that I did not have all the ingredients on hand. They spent about $10. Also, Harris Teeter and IGA had a few specials come up for items that are major staples in our home. I figured it was worth it to fail my challenge to stock up on staple items at lower than my target price. (Pasta sauce, eggs, frozen pizza, and cereal).
So...overall I think I did pretty good overall. For a family of 4, plus the childcare food, I spent approximately $450 on grocery store food & I still have a pretty full pantry. We will see how it compares to the future spending.
I am not going to give myself a challenge for February spending, but I am going to use some time to evaluate and itemize what kind of food we are spending on, to see where it all goes!
The Resolution has been easier to maintain...but a new page on the calendar means I need to get busy planning again!