Author Topic: Cutting the food bill!  (Read 2195 times)


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Cutting the food bill!
« on: May 30, 2013, 09:02:17 AM »
This has been one of my least mustachian areas of spending for quite some time now.  I track expenses with mint, and I have averaged $334/month on food since January, 2012.

In May, I have spent $148 on groceries, $107 on restaurants (includes fast food), and $43 on alcohol.
A typical meal would be 30% rice/lentil/pasta, 15% meat, 55% onion/pepper/tomato/garlic/mushroom/etc. 
I think the obvious is to cut back on restaurants and alcohol, but I'd like total expenses to be at $200 or less.  Any advice?
I definitely need to drink less.  A craft beer or two a day really does add up ...

One positive note, is I recently found a farmer's market  that sells vegetables super cheap.  I'm talking $2 for 1.5 pounds of mushrooms and 4 bell peppers for $1, cheap.  That should help with my vegetable expenses.


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Re: Cutting the food bill!
« Reply #1 on: May 30, 2013, 09:21:49 AM »
As a good friend of mine once said, life is too short to drink bad beer.  Personally speaking, I don't find your $43 a month to be that outrageous, even MMM permits himself $9 a week for decent beer.

The $107 at restaurants seems to be the low hanging fruit to me.


Wow, a phone plan for fifteen bucks!