How much we spend on food in our house has been at the forefront of my mind this week. Our household budget is due to change in the next few months, so the organiser in me has been trawling through our expenses and making sure we are paying for the correct necessities and checking where we’re overspending.
I have always set a guesstimated budget for food, but until I actually added up everything we spent in the supermarkets over a month, I didn’t realise how much we actually spent.
When I have time, I like to cook from scratch and am building up a good selection of recipes that I go back to when I need the inspiration. As I know a lot of our meals are made at home, and there aren’t that many takeaways or meals out happening on a monthly basis, I was shocked to realise we spend just over £500 in supermarkets last month. This would have been for food, toiletries etc for three adults, one child and a cat.
That is ever so slightly (well quite a lot) over the budget that I had set for us all. It’s not just the fact that it’s so much (well it will be when income is reduced), but the fact that we never seem to have an over stocked fridge or freezer.
I know the cost of food has risen steadily over the last couple of years, but I still think that figure is too much as there are savings we can make.
My aim over the next month is to attempt to reduce that figure by 10% and then again the following month until we get to a figure that we are happy with, without feeling as though we’re going without.
I am going to research different ways of buying food, using butchers, markets, etc to find a way of getting more for less.
Am I reading too much into this? How much do you spend per month on food?