After taking a closer look at our grocery budget and doing pretty well with making changes at the grocery store and reducing our monthly total, we have decided to take a look at our “dining” budget. I know that some people lump groceries and eating out into one category, but we have it separated out to help track and keep tabs on how much we are eating out versus eating in.
So, with the grocery challenge I was able to reduce spending from $425-$450 per month to $300 per month during the challenge, and now after the challenge, we are still right around $300 per month but our budget is $350 to account for additional items that we will eventually have to start buying again once our pantry and freezer stash is depleted. i.e. meat, pantry staples like flour, sugar, etc.
Our current eating out budget is $275.
When I heard that number, my exact response, was “seriously, we spend that much money on eating out each month?”
Scott’s response was “if I’m lying, I’m dying.” <—back off ladies, he’s mine.
And then, I asked, why is it so high?
And he said, Caribou.
uh oh. that is trouble. And the end. No challenge. Coffee is #necessary.
Ok, maybe we can at least look at the budget. . . but I have already told Scott, no promises on success for this one!
I think our numbers add up because while we don’t go out to eat that much, we do order pizza, eat on the road while traveling to the Lake, get ice cream, cupcakes etc. And it all adds up.
So, I am going to attempt another 3 month challenge for September, October, and November to take a closer look and keep tabs on our eating out budget. My goal will be to spend less than our current $275 budget. We have been actually going over that number fairly routinely for the past few months, anywhere from a few dollars to $50 or more. So, I don’t want to go over our budget number o f$275, and then I want to try to spend less. .. all while keeping our grocery budget at it’s current level.
I obviously need lots of help for this challenge, so if you have any tips, please please please send them my way. #savethecoffee