What does bother me is the grocery budget - feeling like I have to carefully plan out every purchase and avoid extras (like hummus or trail mix). And I really don't like second-guessing meeting a friend for lunch because it might blow the budget.
This week, I spent $58.37, less than my weekly budget. Again, most was groceries ($50.12). The rest is for ice cream and Starbucks.
- If the last two weeks are any indication, a bare-bones monthly grocery budget for me is $200. This doesn't include the CSA half share I purchased several months ago. I've eaten from my pantry a bit, but a lot of this budget goes to fresh fruit.
- It's not difficult to avoid eating out, if I plan ahead. This is key.
- Errands (particularly the kind that involve going to several stores) are annoying.
- I have more than enough projects to finish here that I don't need to go buy stuff for more