As the years have gone by I have gotten more and more into tracking and analyzing things. In part because I am often thinking about optimizing the use of precious resources (and how do you optimize without knowing the details about where you stand?) but also because . . . I just find it interesting and kind of fun. And maybe at 40 I’m comfortable leaning in to this idiosyncrasy.
I was curious about our grocery bills – lately, they are consistently in the ~$350/week range which means food makes up ~10% of our outgoing expenses. Which seems reasonable, but certainly significant. Yesterday, I realized I had never actually looked at the receipt to figure out exactly what that $ is being spent on.
So, I took the Publix receipt and categorized. Above is the breakdown. I am not sure it’s terribly exciting. But it was interesting (to me)! Dairy was higher than expected — in part because the kids eat a lot of it (organic milk, yogurt, cheese adds up). I thought vegetables/fruits would be higher than 23%; I feel like we go through an insane amount of fruit. Just this week I bought: raspberries (2), blackberries (2), strawberries, blueberries, apricots, apples, mandarin oranges, bananas. And every week no matter how much I buy it is GONE.
“Other Lunch & Dinner Components” is a catchall, but I didn’t know where else to put the olive oil, the oregano, the Annie’s mac ‘n’ cheese, the broth for soup, etc.
Anyway. While this wasn’t earth shattering, I’m glad I looked at it. I love tracking my budget, habits, fitness, books read, and so many other things. I do not particularly love tracking time, though it was tolerable to do for a week last week.
What do you track?
PS: In yesterday’s comments, a couple of you asked about our lunches! You are right, we do not typically eat dinner leftovers for lunch although sometimes there is STILL a meal or so left after eating things 2x and Josh will take it for lunch.
Typical lunch options at our house:
- sandwiches (PB&J, hummus & cucumbers, grilled cheese, turkey, salmon salad, avocado toast)
- eggs in some form
- yogurt / granola / fruit bowl (the kids LOVE this)
- snack plate (crackers, cheese, veg, fruit, nuts, etc)
- leftover pizza or some other hidden treasure from the freezer
- (for me) I usually eat an Amy’s burrito or frozen meal 2x/week or so while at work
- Josh usually eats hospital cafeteria lunches (free for physicians in our health system or in actuality, I guess bundled into the compensation). I almost never eat there b/c it’s not convenient from my office and I got sick of the food very rapidly.
More food related pix . . .