I'm starting this thread to have a place to track how much I spend on groceries/food each month. I figure I'm on byc more than anyplace else, so why not here? Two years ago, before I was diagnosed with leukemia, I was pretty tight with our grocery budget. Not tight as in beans and rice, tight as in I knew exactly how much I had to spend and how far it would go for us. I was at $600 a month for our family of 4. Well, getting diagnosed threw everything off. Big change in income, not being home, being home but not able to cook, not being able to shop...lots of changes. I quit worrying about how much we were spending and just concentrated on getting everyone fed. Sometimes that was more convenience foods, sometimes it was relying heavily on preps I had in place before I got diagnosed. Our food preps took it hard the last two years, but that's what they were for! I'm just calling it rotation, and working on re-stocking. With my Honey getting his LPN and new job, we need to get back on track with our budget. That means I need to know how much we spend on groceries each month. Our boys are older now, and eat more. We've also added another teenage boy to our family. We tend to eat low carb, so that raises prices some as we don't do lots of pasta, rice, etc. We're starting with a lot of pork in the freezer, actually three well stocked freezers with a lot of meat. That's pretty usual for us, and I still buy meat but have the luxury of buying it on sale only. I'd love to purchase half a beef, but we don't have the freezer space until we eat some of the pork down, so that won't effect December's total. We also have a decently stocked pantry, but as I stated above I'm gradually re-stocking a good several month's supply of food. I wasn't able to garden this past year, so home canned goods are scanty. I have a small cold frame going with some lettuce, parsley and Swiss chard. I'm just going to use this thread to track my grocery spending for the month of December. . Feel free to join along! I'm not trying to get my bill lower (yet), I'm going to make an effort to spend just as I normally do. If you want to challenge yourself to meet a specific amount, or reduce your current amount, that would be great. If you're like me and have no idea how much goes out on groceries, feel free to track your own spending.