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$50 on Liquor

post #1 of 39
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I'm working towards getting our $500/month grocery bill down to $400. I look at the list where we track how much we spend on groceries and DH has written down $57 for liquor. For liquor! Granted, we drink so seldom that we'll have some of it for a year. But still.

This is so unlike him, and I'm frustrated.

That is about 1/8 of our grocery budget. Ugh.
post #2 of 39
So is it really $57 a month? Or $57 every 4 months? or $57 once a year?
post #3 of 39
Thread Starter 
Good point.

It's $57 *this* month, which is the very month I made a goal to get grocery spending down to $400. So, that's why I'm asking, "what gives?"

It's not per year because we do buy wine throughout the year. We spend more than $57 on liquor per year, but I don't know exactly how much.
post #4 of 39
If it's monthly I'd be upset and putting a stop to all alcohol. If it's a one time splurge for a special occasion (having people over? an event coming up? Stocking the liquor cabinet?) and it won't happen again for many more months then I wouldn't be too upset about it as long as you can afford it.
post #5 of 39
That's probably about what we spend monthly on alcohol. Doesn't seem that excessive to me.
post #6 of 39
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Originally Posted by avengingophelia View Post
That's probably about what we spend monthly on alcohol. Doesn't seem that excessive to me.
Same here.
post #7 of 39
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Originally Posted by henhao View Post
Good point.

It's $57 *this* month, which is the very month I made a goal to get grocery spending down to $400. So, that's why I'm asking, "what gives?"

It's not per year because we do buy wine throughout the year. We spend more than $57 on liquor per year, but I don't know exactly how much.
Divide it out over a few months. Then start keeping track over more than just one month, and you'll find lots of opportunities to cut back. You might have another month where health and beauty aids are the big cost, or something else.
post #8 of 39
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Originally Posted by avengingophelia View Post
That's probably about what we spend monthly on alcohol. Doesn't seem that excessive to me.
Not ecxessive in the least! We spend about $250 a month!
post #9 of 39
Can I come over?

DP would FREAK OUT if I spent that much at once. Of course he is a notorious nickel and dimer....

ITA with PP's who have said that as long as it isn't every month it shouldn't be a big deal, unless you are having to do without staples or needed money as a result.


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post #10 of 39
I don't think it's really that much, we buy at least a half case of decent beer weekly at $10 bucks a pop, and last week I did go to the liquor store and spent $28 on some Tequila and Rum(when it's hot it's so nice to have a magarita or a daquiri). When it's winter we usually buy a bottle of Irish cream a week, instead of the beer, so for us it all balances out, although we do consume more beer in the summer. It's just more of a seasonal thing, like BBQs.
post #11 of 39
I agree that it doesn't seem excessive an amount. For us, that would be a good case of beer (for DH) and two bottles of wine (for me). FOr a month, I think that's pretty reasonable. My BIL could spent that on just one case of his fancy belgian beer
post #12 of 39
We generally drink a bottle of wine every week, and we prefer the lighter, less expensive wines- so at $4 to $6 a bottle, that could easily come to $25 a month. I can easily see how you could double that without being "heavy drinkers" or buying super-expensive beverages.

I don't think of alcohol as being part of the "grocery" budget at all. Groceries are food, period. Alcohol comes under "entertainment". Toilet paper, shampoo, dish detergent, etc. come under "household supplies".

Are you trying to cut your "food" budget to $400 a month, or your total household budget to $400 a month? There's a significant difference.
post #13 of 39
This? Is why we homebrew. $57 would be the ingredients for a batch (36-ish bottles) of hard cider and a batch of decent beer. We reuse bottles from batch to batch, but we occasionally have to buy a gross of bottle caps.
post #14 of 39
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Originally Posted by Ruthla View Post

I don't think of alcohol as being part of the "grocery" budget at all. Groceries are food, period. Alcohol comes under "entertainment". Toilet paper, shampoo, dish detergent, etc. come under "household supplies".

Are you trying to cut your "food" budget to $400 a month, or your total household budget to $400 a month? There's a significant difference.
This.

I do lump food and household supplies into the same catagory but alcohol goes under "extras" like videos or starbucks.
post #15 of 39
My husband has some very particular taste in alcohol. We buy it only occasionally, but when we do $57 is nothing. He has been known to go buy a $300 bottle of port. (It was really good port.) He buys alcohol two or three times a year. $300 is normally more steep than I'm ok with--but $150/bottle of something is pretty normal.
post #16 of 39
We spend over $50 a month on alcohol every month so it doesn't seem excessive to me either, especially if you are going to be drinking it throughout the year. HOWEVER I understand how frustrating it is to try and stick to a budget and have all these splurges taking you over what you had planned
post #17 of 39
I think it's reasonable...so long as you're not going with out a necessity to allow the $$ for it.

I spend $57 on wine alone a month easily, particularly if I'm entertaining which I do more of in the warmer weather.
post #18 of 39
I am just realizing how little I must drink because I don't think I have spent $57 on alcohol this year This must change
post #19 of 39
$57 isn't much here either. Dh usually only buys beer, now & then he'll buy spiced rum & whether he buys a mickey or a 26 or a 40 depends on the current funds since he needs mix & ice too. Beer is cheaper & he now drinks an even cheaper pilsner instead of the actual pilsner brand. When he brews his own it's about $30 & those are stronger than store bought so he doesn't go through them quite as fast. If we don't have the $ for his beer he doesn't get it, food comes first. IF he has something coming up(like family coming over) he'll save up & we make sure we have it in the extra funds.
post #20 of 39
$57 on alcohol doesnt last long here either.

Between beer, wine, and hard liquor....I think we spend about $150 a month.
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