I just ran some numbers on our checking account to see how much we were paying in food per month. I was hoping our July total number would be less than June since we've been into cooking at home more the last month. Much to my surprise it was only about $45.00 less.
It's interesting because we spent $88.00 LESS on fast food/eating at restaurants. However, our grocery bill seems to have INCREASED by by $43.00. It's hard to get an exact number though because I'm just going by whatever posted between 6/1-6/30 and 7/1-7/31. So I could've purchased groceries on May 27th but the transaction posted on June 1.
Also, a lot of times when I go to HEB (it's like the Jewel of Texas)I will purchase things not in the food category like household items. Toilet paper, paper towels, cat food, deodorant, etc. It's hard to figure out how much to deduct for that stuff because I don't have receipts.
Our June eating out bill (eating out including all meals - breakfast, lunch, and dinner plus drinks like Starbucks or Jamba Juice. We don't go that much but $7.00 a pop for both me and Greg adds up) was $278.28 and July was $189.88.
Groceries for June - $487.66. Groceries for July - $531.02. Again I think it's actually less because of how the transactions post plus the random household items we buy at the grocery store.
Maybe I'm defending these numbers because they seem high. They are definitely higher than I thought. You would think two people could eat for less than $700.00 a month! Hopefully actual numbers are more like around $600.00 but clearly there is room for improvement. I'm willing to bet I'm not the only one who is spending more on food than I think I am though.
Hopefully the cooking at home more will continue. I'm finding that as we're starting to repeat recipes it's getting cheaper because now we have the random spices/ingredients required. We've been buying a lot of spices lately for our recipes we've found online, and have built up a nice little collection. But we are open to new recipes for sure! Any good recipes on the easy to medium difficulty level? Leave em' in the comments! And happy eating! :)