I know I'm a bit late, but can I please join in too? I've been lurking since this thread was started, and after crunching some numbers came to the embarrassing realization that we are spending AS MUCH or MORE on our food than we are on our mortgage. That is just STUPID and ridiculous. And well, I guess I need some serious help.
We are a family of 5, but since DS #2 is just a month old obviously he's still just on Mamma's milk. We also have 2 large dogs (combined weight of around 150) so their food/treats are on our grocery bill too. The children and I are vegetarian (although I'm toying with the idea of adding fish to our diets). My husband is a meat-eater, but we rarely if ever buy any meat. We do eat dairy/eggs. We are about 90% organic, and we love gourmet foods - expensive cheeses, good breads, good vinegars and olive oils, imported olives and sundried tomatoes, etc. We also like to go out "just for coffee" or "Just to Panera to grab some sandwiches" - but those "cheap" outings REALLY REALLY add up.
BUT, after looking back at the previous three months I am just appalled at what we spent. Please look away if you are easily disturbed, as the following numbers are absolutely insane. However, I need to post them as an incentive to get my rear in gear and make more sensible food choices.
In November we spend 1397.93 on food. In December we spent 1629.30, and in Januart we actually came down to 915.48 - still WAYY too high.
My problem is I like to make excuses. "Well, in Nov/Dec I was REALLY hugely pregnant, and tired and exhausted. I deserved
to take it easy and just order in or buy an extra treat"
ARGH - I am really really angry at myself right now. But I am onboard and ready to learn and hopefully grow too.
1) I have made an inventory of my pantry, fridge, and deep freeze
2) I am menu-planned through the end of this week
3) The third rule was a REAL eye opener for me. I love to cook, and when I cook it is always from scratch with little to no "convenience" type foods. But then I realized all the "snacky" type things we buy, and stuff for "quick and easy" breakfasts. That is a problem area.
A - Frozen Waffles - Kids eat them almost every week-day morning for breakfast. So this weekend I made a huge batch of whole-wheat/oatmeal pancakes and froze them.
B - Panda Bars or Cheetah Bars (like granola bars) - we can easily go through 2 boxes of these a week. So on Friday my daughter and I made yummy oatmeal cookies with no oil, full of applesauce, dried fruit, and nuts
C - Yogurt in individual containers - Only buying large containers from now on (I have made my own yogurt in the past, and will probably start doing it again soon, but baby steps for me for right now).
I also refrained from buying any frozen Amy's meals, which I usually keep stocked in the freezer for DHs or my lunches. Leftovers all the way from now on.
OK, sorry for the novel, but this thread really really sparked something in me, and I felt the need just to get it all out!