Have you guys been reading Kristen B’s grocery trip recaps? If you aren’t, you should be. I find them delightful.
Anyway, I got to thinking about our own grocery budgets. Not only are groceries more expensive because of The Rumpus (trademark Kristen B.) but my husband is eating lunch at home, instead of the complimentary lunch he got at work. We also made coffee for him once a week at home (on the weekend)- now he’s making it daily. So that pack of 24 k-cups which would have lasted months isn’t even lasting a month. That alone is costing us around 50 cents a cup before you consider creamer and sugar. He’s also started eating breakfast more, instead of just waiting to eat until lunch like he was doing during his regular work hours (when he’d have to take an early lunch)- and we’re not talking a bowl of cereal. He’s making his own sausage, egg, and cheese “mcmuffins” with our Hamilton Beach breakfast maker, which is cool- and they’re yummy, but that’s yet again another expense. Even though our sandwiches cost only 77 cents each compared to $3 at McDonalds, that’s still $3.85 a week we weren’t spending before, plus the coffee and the lunch.
It’s stands to reason that our grocery budget is higher. Let’s look at it objectively: 10 extra meals for a grown man (approximately) and our now five year old growing like a weed, how could it not be going up? Is the $16 a month on breakfast sandwiches going to break us per month? No, thankfully it won’t- and we’re doing it the smart way, making coffee and breakfast at home, instead of paying $4+ tax for that same cup of coffee and mcmuffin out. I share this just to illustrate to you guys, if your grocery spending is higher, don’t beat yourself up about it, there is good reason for it- and the extra meals aren’t the only reason why you may be spending more.
It’s hard when you see something simple has gone up $2 since a month. $2 here, $2 there… Bacon has almost doubled in price, friends. If you’re truly curious and you have been using something like Walmart Grocery Pickup, try looking back at orders from a month or two ago and look at your current price to buy. Premade hamburger patties are $2 more at my store, for the same size and amount. Bacon went from $2.78 to $4.24- and that’s the store brand. I paid $0.87 for the store brand dozen eggs last week, and this week they were $1.40. To compensate, we’ll switch away from bacon unless it’s for a special meal (or go with turkey bacon, which is half the price). Instead of those fresh premade patties, we’ll get the frozen brand that we’ve tried and judged “pretty good”, when we can’t find fresh hamburger at a reasonable price. Sometimes you just have to suck it up though- $1.40 is still the best price on eggs I can find, so we’re stuck paying it.
Enough grumping about groceries…time to grump about earnings! I had really hoped to slide into that sweet $1k club this week, but it wasn’t to be!
June 22nd- June 28th
$33.63- Credit Card Rewards
$5- Secret Shop
$3- Pinecone Research
Total earned this week: $65.63
Fund Total from last post: $915.54
Current Fund Total: $981.17
I’m averaging $89.19 a week!