This might not be as in depth (as I’d like) but it’s a start to documenting my grocery shopping behaviour for one (and sometimes +1). My categories have evolved since I started in December 2012, but basically they are moving along nicely now.
My average monthly spend on groceries is about 4% of my monthly take home pay. The graphics below are in %, but I give each category a $ range, so those who want to work out what I earn won’t find it hard. Interestingly, as a public servant, it’s also PUBLIC knowledge, or at least accessible by the public, so I’m not as worried as I might/could/should be.
Fruit: monthly spend around $15-$20 (I don’t include tinned pineapple or frozen raspberries here).
Vegies: monthly I spend between $20-$50 here, this month it was around $30
Dairy (milk, cheese, eggs, butter): Every time I input cheese prices I’m shocked at the cost. Monthly spending is usually between $25-$40, with this month at the higher end
Pantry staples (spices, tinned goods, baking supplies, tea): A wide range in monthly spends here – between $10-$40, seen about a $10 drop in the last month.
Breakfast (cereal, frozen raspberries): This category exists cause I think breakfast is the cheapest meal of the day? I’m not really sure why it gets it’s own category, but it does! $15-$25 per month spent here. While oats are cheaper, I always add berries, so going to corn flakes saves some money, but I eat through more cornflakes
Convenience (ready made foods): This is one area I’d like to see drop! December was at $54, then $17, then $24 in Feb (who knows what happened then, maybe I was sick). This month was less than $10, so I’m PLEASED with that.
Snacks (ready made foods, but not meals): monthly spend between $5-$25, this month I’m at about $10.50. If I baked more of my own, they’d slot in under the ‘pantry’ category
Meat (both butcher meat and heavy packaging sliced meats): I didn’t start to track this til January and it’s a little hazy – I don’t get butcher reciepts. I spend between $25-$55 here a month, with this month coming in at about $31
House stuff (everything else – cotton buds, light globes etc): Usually between $10-$20, but in Dec 12 it was at $53!!
Over time, I’d like to see a drop in snacks and convenience food, and a growth in fruit and vegies! If you’d like to see what I eat, see my monthly wrap up posts where I list every dinner I have in a month, see this page for a link to them all.
I’ve also attempted to track my fruit and vegetable consumption, but it’s an VERY inexact science, as many things from the green grocer are just entered a price mark ‘fruit and vegies’. But nonetheless, in five months, I’ve tracked:
5.11kg of onions
2.49kg of carrots
1.3kg of tomatos (tinnned or otherwise)
3.26kg of pumpkin in the LAST month alone!
3.5kg of cheese
23L of milk
9kg of museli
48 eggs (and I’ve probably missed counting some!)
Interestingly when I was looking for graphics I came across one from a blog I read (but not back when they published the graphics), so I’ve included it for you. Inspired me to make my own – though I had some trouble in Google Drive.