A little more than two years ago, I declared it was Grocery Month! during which I kept detailed updates of all my grocery buying.
And looking at those posts now, I find it incredibly hard to believe I spent a mere $250 for an entire month of groceries.
I swear I spend double that now, for a number of reasons, some of which I’m still figuring out. For instance, there’s no Greenmarket in my neighborhood, so I’m at the supermarket at least twice a week, picking up fruit and vegetables which I will hopefully use before they become compostable. And while I’m there (yet again), there’s almost always some impulse buy: something on sale, something extra to add to one of the meals on my dinner plan, something I didn’t realize I needed until I saw it…
So, I’ve decided I’m going to track my shopping habits for a month or more (with no real spending goal in mind) just to see what I’m spending/buying. After that, I’ll see what obvious things I can cut back on or how I can spend differently.
My current shopping strategy is to draw up a dinner list (more on that) and then make my grocery list. After years of writing the same things on every shopping list, I went ahead and made a printable shopping and dinner list, which you are welcome to download as a PDF. (It’s obviously tailored to the things I buy, but if you’d like to tweak the lists, you can get it as a Google doc.)
And what is it I’m cooking and buying this week (so far)? Details under the jump…
2 JAN 2013
3lbs of kosher salt
4-pack of canned tuna in water
loaf of french-style bread
a massive whole chicken
2 cans of oil-pack tuna
rolled grains for muesli
3 JAN (yes the next day) 2013
TOTAL TO DATE: $55.08