We are averaging $657/month on groceries. Over $100 more than our planned monthly budget. Yikes!!!
So, how are we spending that food budget, you may be wondering? I'm glad you asked. ;-)
- Fruit & vegetables - 45%, with fruit taking up 10% more than vegetables
- Meat - 20%
- Dairy - 15%
- Pantry - 9%
- Grains - 7%
- Snacks - 3%
- Prepared foods - 1%
I have no idea what a standard, per category grocery budget looks like. But, what stands out to me is the dairy spending, and the pantry. The pantry spending is more easily understandable, as it includes coffee! Olive oil, hummus ingredients (including tahini & garbanzo beans), spices, etc make up the rest. Not stuff you buy often, but the ingredients can be pricey.
For dairy, we spend a minimum of $11/week (eggs & milk). Cheese & yogurt bumps up the category on other weeks, but I think I can do better next year in this one.
We rarely have food waste, and we're happy with the amount of fresh produce we have on hand. I think I will move our budget spending for 2017 to $625/month and look for opportunities to do a bit more price watching. It will give me a good stretch goal, but won't make me crazy & fits within our existing meal planning & purchase habits.
What about you? What's your grocery budget like for a month? How do you spend your $$, on a per category basis? Do you plan to raise or lower it for 2017?