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Have you seen the inflation at stores?

November 9th, 2021 at 06:00 pm

I know that our biggest budget item and most noteworthy is groceries.  Eating out somewhat.  Travel sure we probably spend $ more.  But Travel is easy to track with airline tickets, hotel rooms, rental cars, attractions, dog boarding, etc.  But the day to day spend is the one that's easier to cut and hard to keep track of.  But this year well I've been doing reasonably well I think. 

I have an excel spreadsheet tracking everything and breaking down categories and pulling to an annual statement.   Jan/Feb I spent an average of $1037 and $1056 respectively on groceries. Then when I got serious about our new budget I spent $313-820 from March to August.  Our eating out was $362 Jan and $45 Feb.  But March to August it was $112 to $1553 (month of august away).  

But these last two months our grocery bills are averaging $950 and $919.  The eating out bill has been $412 and $664.  Everything I feel these last two months has become astronomical.  I really noticed coming back from Hawaii end of August that groceries went up like on average 20%.  I also noticed how expensive 1 meal out for a family of four is running more like $100.  

So far this month we are at $160 groceries and $129 eating out.  I am hoping to stay under $600 for groceries and $400 for eating out.  

2 Responses to “Have you seen the inflation at stores?”

  1. LuckyRobin Says:

    I find the highest food increases are in processed foods, but even traditionally cheap foods like potatoes, carrots, onions, radishes, turnips, sweet potatoes, parsnips, scallions and cabbage have gone up. Pasta and rice has. Apples, oranges, and bananas have. Chicken definitely has. The bacon I get from the deli is still the same price, but it is local to my county. Regular bacon has gone up way high. I don't buy beef because we bought a beef, but I have heard those have doubled. I am really grateful we grew so many potatoes, but I know they won't last all year. And our onions likely won't last until February. I haven't seen a rise in the gluten free flour, bread, or pasta that I buy. I did check the price of turkeys the last time I was in the store and was very glad I had one in my freezer for Thanksgiving.

  2. LivingAlmostLarge Says:

    Very little processed foods and very little prepared foods either. No meetfresh or anything just stuff bought to make meals.

    The fruits, veggies, and eggs are incredibly expensive now. I think this summer I got regular eggs for $1.79 are now $2.49 for the dozen on sale. Butter is also pricier.

    The meats are definitely up at least 50% per pound. I keep thinking I should do the half a cow but i'm unsure what I would do with all of it or how to use it. Maybe a butcher box?

    I'm going to think about it more in January after we go away for the holidays.

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