What is wrong with me? How is it possible that I spend so much money on food and drink month after month? How is it possible that I’m not 450 lbs? In January I spent $756 on food and drinks. That’s almost as much as my rent. That’s more than a quarter of my take home pay. And that is typical, if not an improvement, to my monthly budget. I honestly don’t even know. The problem is, that even though this number sounds astronomically high, when I break it down (almost) everything seems reasonable. Help me!
I spent $387 on groceries in January. I rarely buy anything packaged and I don’t eat meat, so I don’t know why it’s such a struggle to get this number down. Each week I spend around $90 on breakfast (yogurt), snacks (fruits, veggies, nuts), lunch (sandwiches) and ingredients for 1-2 healthy dinners for Kurt and I that always have leftovers. February goal: $320.
I spent $33 on coffee in January, down from $80 in October. Since that wake up call, I’ve started making coffee at home or work instead of picking one up every morning, but almost all of January’s coffees (and teas) were sipped over great conversation with friends or at important off-site meetings. February goal: $25
I spent $52 going out for drinks on 4 separate occasions. Given I used to drop this in a night, twice a week, it’s an okay number. I’d like to keep my monthly “out for drinks” budget around $50, but it’s going to be hard in February as it’s one of those birthday heavy months. February goal: $75
I spent $19 on wine for at home consumption. This is way down from the $100 I spent on wine in December. I drank a lot of water and tea, except for that one time when I just needed a glass of wine. You know how it is. February goal: $12
I spent $51 out at restaurants, kind of. I had one $22 brunch. And I also spent $29 at the Ukrainian Cultural Centre on traditional meals for Kurt and I–perogies, borscht, sausages, cabbage rolls. The prices here have gone up over the years, but it is their monthly fundraiser, so…. February goal: $75 because birthdays
I spent $82 on take out. Yeah, okay, I sucked at this. There were days I didn’t bring enough food to work and I had to grab lunch. And Thai food is my favourite, so I did treat Kurt once or twice. I guess it’s a lesson (that I thought I learned last month) that I need to make sure I have food at home. February goal: $30 and only because I already spent $11 on fish tacos
I spent $14 on treats. Again, too high, but sometimes you just need a treat. February goal: $8 which is the price of two cronuts in case you were wondering
I spent $83 on wine and food that I brought to friend’s homes. I guess it’s high, but what else do I do? Not ask if I can bring anything? Say no to a games night because I’m too cheap to pick up an appy or a bottle of wine? No thanks. I don’t buy expensive wine either, my friends don’t need to be impressed. I think this was so high because my restaurant and drinks numbers were quite low, so I’m thinking February will be reversed. February goal: $40
So that’s where I’m at and where I want to be. If I’m able to meet all these goals I’ll be down to $585 on food and drink in February, which is still totally a bonkers number! What am I doing wrong here? Or is this normal? What is a good number to be spending on food and drink monthly?
**Just so there’s no misunderstanding here around me keeping my boyfriend fed, we have a loose guideline of providing one another 2 dinners each a week. For the most part, I cook for him twice a week and he takes me out to eat twice a week. Our relationship with food is very give and take.