Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Tracking Groceries

We tracked spending on food for nine months, the funny thing being that the months after I stopped I spent far less on food. I'd love to say I'd saved the money but we have had to use the cash I'd saved on other things, but it's better than over spending! 

With the amount we spend on food I should be the size of a house! Over the period of tracking we spent on average £163.35 a month on food. That was a lot more than I thought, I think I thought we spent around £130. I think I thought we spent more on non-food items that we really do. I know just from the cash left in the grocery account each month we've been just over £100 for the past few months. We've been eating from the freezer lots, but the pantry is still nicely stocked. 

Which leads to eating out. We don't go to restaurants all that much but we do enjoy a coffee or two at the weekend, and I can generally be tempted to a cinnamon roll and something from the food stall on Lancaster market. I'm not a huge fan of food, but brunch is a meal I genuinely look forward to, it's a break from cooking for me, and still less money than going on holiday, something we don't do. I don't think we'll have even one night away this year. Dan's office occasionally all treat themselves to lunch, or he attends celebration meals and things like that, it all adds up.

I've spoken before about my dislike of picnics and how I don't really believe they save money (for two of us at least), we actually had to take a picnic with us on Sunday as we went to a family thing. WOW they are hard work, we seemed to spend a full day making things, and when we got there all we had was a sandwich, soup, a big salad, a couple of pasties and a huge pile of washing up! Worth it for some people, not worth it to me, I'd rather just grab some nuts and a cup of water, just enough to keep hunger at bay than deal with all that faff.  

So we averaged £91.36 a month on eating out, coffee, snacks and other things eaten outside the house. Again, it's been far less recently. It is more than worth it for the days there is no washing up!


14 comments:

  1. It's always best to find what suits you. We are always having picnics and very rarely buy food when we're out. It's easier and cheaper for us this way and it means we always have the foods Lily likes to eat too. I think you do really well with your food spending. X

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I think if I kept it simple it would be less work and less money to make a picnic, but if I'm going somewhere nice, I don't want to take a boring meal with me, I just know I wouldn't eat it.

      If we had additional people to deal with it would probably be a different matter.

      Delete
  2. There are pros and cons with everything, we don't eat out much but was only saying when we saw a place which did a cheap roast dinner that by the time you have bought the meat and all the veg, used the electric and then put the dishwasher on, it would be easier just to go out and have one.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. This is why I like brunch, when I think of all the things I'd need to buy and do to make a nice brunch it would be cheaper, and nicer, to eat out.

      I wouldn't mind washing up as much if we had a dishwasher!

      Delete
  3. I think £160 a month seems reasonable - you do splurge on treats which I think you tend to forget about!

    https://lizziedailyblog.blogspot.co.uk/

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Lizzie. I am a huuuuge snacker so that does push the bill up.

      Delete
  4. Food costs are certainly increasing at the moment and quantity shrinking. I have been looking out for more bargains and only trying to buy items on offer. I notice Sainsbury's here are having a move round of some of their isles and reducing the choice of goods as well. No doubt it will be the items I buy that get the axe! Hope you managed to enjoy your family thing despite having a picnic to make!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I think anything packaged is certainly going up in price, or subject to shrinkflation, fresh veg still seem to be reasonably priced though which is good. We are going to change supermarket again this month to see if we can save a little more money.

      I'm not really a family thing kind of person, but sometimes you just have to do these things!

      Delete
  5. I love days where there is no washing up. A person deserves a treat once in awhile.

    God bless.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Jackie. Dan does the washing up in the evening, but there's still a fair amount to do before that, one of the perils of cooking from scratch much of the time.

      Delete
  6. Picnics are quickly becoming the norm as we are naughty with our choices when we eat out. Cream teas are a favourite and I am piling on the weight since moving. When we are travelling, picnics are a better choice as the motorway food is not good.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Ah, for me the main point of eating out is to have all those things you wouldn't have at home, but you can have too much of a good thing!

      Delete
  7. PICNICS Always end up costing lots and are a faff!

    ReplyDelete