Since I’ve been shopping at the Safeway more often, I wanted to checkup on how much I’ve spent on groceries since I returned on Jan 5.
TJ $73.05, $34.01, $36.62,
Safeway $17.48, $10.57, $25.79
= $197.52 for 11 days. That’s about $18 a day. It includes some non-food items like dental floss and soap. Some of the stuff from Trader Joe’s was definitely on the pricier side.
At that rate, I’m spend $558 and I’ve only budgeted $500. How to improve?
- Well, first off, fewer trips to the grocery. I went 6 times! That’s a crazy waste of time. I should be going like once a week, so maybe twice so far. I’m not planning enough.
- Find a better staple for carbs / protein / fat. I tend to buy these not very efficiently, because it’s fast to prepare. But I should have something like rice or bread. I’ve been consuming more protein powder, but it’s on top of food consumption, not in lieu of it.
- Not everything is about reduction. Since I’m not going to restaurants: What’s something new I should try at the grocery? Cook a steak?
$11k in savings. +$7k at the end of the month. That puts me at $18k, which is expected.