2012 Grocery Budget Year in Review

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The 2012 Grocery Budget year in review- a look at how it all comes together! Our families grocery/household budget is $250 per month (*12= $3,000 per year). This includes all of our groceries for a family of two adults and two teenage guys, plus planning for their friends/ our friends at least twice per week. This also includes all cleaning supplies, personal care items, toilet paper and paper towels as well. . .

As you can see from our weekly menu plans, we break down the grocery aspect of budget to about $50 per week. As you will see below, some weeks are less, some weeks are more. When a week is less, we carry over the balance remaining to apply it to a future week. Do so allows us to stock up the pantry (and or freezer) when things are on sale.

To get a better idea of how this all works, here is a breakdown of our budget for the last year:

2012 Totals

  • Week #52 spent $48.77
  • Week #51 spent $41.44
  • Week #50 spent $39.17
  • Week #49 spent $55.63– stocked up cereals & butter which will appear in future menu plans
  • Week #48 spent $43.06
  • Week #47 spent $86.15– stocked up on frozen turkey, canned goods, pantry supplies (flour/sugar/baking powder,etc)
  • Week #46 spent $6.81
  • Week #45 spent $36.54
  • Week #44 spent $51.91
  • Week #43 spent $14.88
  • Week #42 spent $89.11 stocked up on Pork, spare ribs, pork loins, bacon, boston butt
  • Week #41 spent $39.66
  • Week #40 spent $18.19
  • Week #39 spent $37.19
  • Week #38 Spent $58.16
  • Week #37 Spent $31.12
  • Week #36 Spent $47.81
  • Week #35 Spent $37.64
  • Week #34 Spent $38.
  • Week #33 Spent $41.19
  • Week #32 Spent $38.62
  • Week #31 Spent $121. (meat & cheese restocking week- Chicken, Pork, ribs)
  • Week #30 Spent $10.12
  • Week #29 Spent $49.96
  • Week #28 Spent $46.13
  • Week #27 Spent $45.88
  • Week #26 Spent $49.11
  • Week #25 Spent $41.88
  • Week #24 Spent $42.16
  • Week #23 Spent $42.76
  • Week #22 Spent $113. Meat Restocking week, steaks, ribs, chops, chicken breast
  • Week #21 Spent $43.09
  • Week #20 Spent $45.87
  • Week #19 Spent $43.18
  • Week #18 Spent $44.93
  • Week #17 Spent $49.71
  • Week #16 Spent $31.65
  • Week #15 Spent $34.57
  • Week #14 Spent $49.13
  • Week #13 Spent $16.33
  • Week #12 Spent $47.13
  • Week #11 Spent $36.31
  • Week #10 Spent $49.52 stock up on steaks
  • Week #9 Spent $46.13
  • Week #8 Spent $48.14
  • Week #7 Spent $47.84
  • Week #6 Spent $42.12
  • Week #5 Spent $51.55
  • Week #4 Spent $48.91
  • Week #3 Spent $30.23
  • Week #2 Spent $47.33
  • Week #1 Spent $0.00No need to stock up, working off a fully stocked pantry/freezer from 2011 (view the menu plans)

  • Total Spent on Just Groceries $2,273.96
  • Total Spent on Paper Towels, Toilet paper, Shampoo/Conditioner (ingredients), Laundry Soap Ingredients, Cleaning Supplies, Pet Food, personal care items (feminine products, deodorant, etc) $206.84

Grand Total Spent from the $250m/$3,000 yr Budget: $2, 480.80

Amount left in the 2012 Grocery/Household budget that was allotted but has NOTbeen spent $519.20 (surplus).

Regarding Household Goods/Paper Products/ Personal Care:

We don’t use a lot of paper towels in our home, we do use a few, about 18 -20 rolls per year, instead, we have a tendency to use hand-towels much more frequently, but with laundry soap being dirt cheap (less than $2 per 128 loads) it’s not a big deal to throw a load of laundry in the machine. We also make our own cleaners which are better for the environment, use considerably less waste and work better- oh, and did I mention how much cheaper they are?!

Here are a few of our Favorites:

What to do with the Surplus?

  • This amount can either be applied to the principal on loans to pay down the loan faster (thereby saving money on interest payments) & getting out of debt
  • replace worn out kitchen gadgets – like vacuum sealers, bread machine, blenders, etc
  • add additional gadgets -like ravioli forms, pasta attachments, spice grinders, etc
  • Carry the balance forward towards 2013’s Grocery Budget- use it to restock the pantry and freezer
  • Put it in the Savings account to accrue interest
  • Use it towards a family vacation or a weekend getaway
  • Purchase Canning Supplies, (jars/lids) Gardening Supplies etc
  • Really? how difficult is it to plan ways to spend money?!

For more help on the budget and an in depth view of where/how to cut grocery expenses and understand sales cycles to get spending under control, check out our eBook, “The 2012 Family Guide to Groceries under $250 a Month“.

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Filled with an insatiable wanderlust to see the world, I've dedicated most of my life to saving money where I can so I can afford to see and do the things I want. I dug our family out of debt by reducing our grocery expense to less than $300 a month. You can too!

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