At the end of March I invested in a copy of Quicken to (finally!) begin tracking my spending and create a budget. I'm SO glad I did, as I really didn't have a good picture of where my (little) money was going. Anyhow, I generated a report of all my different categories, and for groceries, I spent $576.49, for a family of one adult, and two kids (9 and 10).
This amount includes all toiletries, cleaning products, etc. Basically anything consumable.
It was very eye-opening to do this. I had some very, very lean weeks this month, and I made a conscious effort to spend less. My goal had actually been to keep it between $300-$350. Scary how far I was off, and I didn't buy much meat at all :(
When I looked at my receipts for what brought my total up, it was pretty easy to see. First, there was Easter- and I hosted a dinner. Plus, there were chocolates and candies for the egg hunt. Second, I did a detox for 12 days, which required me to buy a lot of organic and other things I don't normally buy. Pretty much everything I bought this month was organic. I do make buying organic a priority, but usually I buy only the dirty dozen (which I'm much better at remembering now that I keep the list in with my coupons when I do groceries!) so that was a big difference. I also just had to restock a lot of staples I don't buy frequently.
That all said, I'm hoping May will be more in the $300-$350 range. My pantry is pretty well stocked, and there are no big holidays like Easter. I'm also pretty sure my CSA (already paid) starts delivering early season things like salad greens.
How did everyone else do this month?