I’ve just completed my yearly review of our grocery budget. Despite my big goal of reducing our grocery expenses in 2010, we actually increased how much we spent. #sadtrombone
Total grocery expenditure, 2008: $7,661
Total grocery expenditure, 2009: $7,609
Average for both years: around $640 a month
Now for 2010:
Total grocery expenditure, including CSA: $8,273
Monthly average: around $665
Yikes, that’s $25 more per month! How did this happen? A few reasons off the top of my head:
- We switched to butter from grass-based cows. Sometimes I make it myself, sometimes I buy PastureLand butter. Either way, it’s both expensive and tasty. And packed with vitamins of course.
- We bought our meat mostly in the form of meat bundles from the co-op. You get nicer cuts of meat, like steaks, roasts, etc., for a lower per-pound price. When we buy meat off the shelf we tend to just get the cheapest cut we can find. Nobody needs that many drummies.
- Started buying more non-food items, like soap and toothpaste, at the co-op. This is partly to avoid going to Target, and also partly to try and support local merchants. So, I should really run our Target numbers because we probably reduced our monthly Target bill by at least $25. There. I feel better already.
SO instead of being unrealistic about 2011, how about this: I will just try to hold the line and not increase again this year. The only major difference coming up this year is that we are discontinuing our CSA. I was disappointed in the amount of produce we received in our weekly box. I also have plans for some major garden expansion this year, so we might be able to grow enough of our own to have plenty to eat and still put some by for next winter.