It's Never Too Late to Start a Grocery Budget.
So, the first month of the new year was a bit of a planned disaster when it came to a grocery shopping with a strict budget. I continued to use our lists I created using SuperGroceryLists. However, I gave myself some wiggle room this month when adding more items to the cart than I planned for. Looking back, January 2023 felt a lot like how I used to shop prior to my budget overhaul. Back then, I did not make a detailed grocery list with prices, often heading to the store without a list. Ugg! I know, that is my number one way, out of nine, to blow a budget without even trying.
I used January 2023 as a benchmark to reset the budget. Find out how much I spent in January below. Spoiler Alert: A LOT (for us).
A few fun facts that may or may not explain my somewhat-crazy shopping habits this month:
- I shop multiple stores: I live so close to several stores, so I am able to run in and out quickly. My detailed list makes it easy to manage this. I can switch the view on my phone from store to store as I am scrolling through an incredibly long list.
- We are a family of 6-ish: Our oldest was home through the first week of January for the holidays. Now we are back to 5.
- Not everyone eats the same thing: I don't eat meat but will make it for those who do.
- Paying for school lunches resume: Starting this month, I need to pack 3 school lunches a day. I purchased more lunch meat in January than I had in prior months.
My Grocery Hauls for January 2023
Here are some of my grocery hauls for the month of January. I included the Costco and Trader Joe's grocery haul in my overall total even though I shopped in December. I originally planned on shopping those store at the beginning of January, but my schedule was tight at the beginning of the year.
My Shopping Lists
DECEMBER 29, 2022: Trader Joe's & Costco
Trader Joe's Total: $90.25
Costco Total: $130.91
JANUARY 2, 2023: Aldi, Target, & Whole Foods Market
Aldi Total: $62.23
Target Total: $6.36
Whole Foods Market Total: $59.42
JANUARY 8, 2023: Aldi & Whole Foods Market
Aldi Total: $43.26
Whole Foods Market Total: $70.58
JANUARY 15, 2023: Aldi, Whole Foods Market, Costco, & Trader Joe's
Aldi Total: $51.06
Whole Foods Market Total: $50.44
Costco Total: $116.18
Trader Joe's Total: $87.86
JANUARY 22, 2023: Aldi & Whole Foods Market
Aldi Total: $36.34 + $1.39 (purchased later in the week) $37.73
Whole Foods Market Total: $72.28
JANUARY 26, 2023: ShopRite (no list)
ShopRite Total: $19.94
JANUARY 29, 2023: Aldi & Whole Foods Market
Aldi Total: $47.50
Whole Foods Market Total: $68.78
Final January Spending Total: $1014.78
Well, even though it was expected, the final total spent is still a big number for our family. How much money did you spend in January? Add up your receipts and let us know on our Facebook page!
Who is up for a challenge? Even before adding up my spending total for January, I knew I had to return to creating detailed grocery lists that help me stay within my monthly budget.
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