Archive for the ‘finance’ Category

July Grocery Shopping — $306.04 tally and 16 more days to go

July 16, 2007

It’s halfway through the month of July. I decided to tally up how much we’ve spent on groceries this month. So far we’ve spent $306.04. This works out to $20.40 a day. We have four people and a pet in our home. Pet aside, this works out to about $5/a day for groceries for each person in our home.

I realize we’re only halfway through the month. Assuming we spend the same amount on groceries for the second half of July that means we will have spent about $612 on groceries this month or $153 per week. I’d be really impressed if we could keep our groceries to just $150 a week.

My husband sent me an article about how much people spend on their groceries and I was shocked that some people manage to spend just $150 a month. I wonder if they are eating only rice or if they aren’t being completely accurate in their accounting….Or are we just super wasteful?

Some interesting links with more on what people spend on groceries as well as some tips for how to reduce costs:

Ostrich Frugality

June 5, 2007

I’m starting to hate the word frugal. It’s just too close to frumpy, and has a kind of constricted back-of-the-throat quality. Given that, I’ve changed the focus to finance psychology, rather than frugal psychology. For starters, finance is a much more searched engine friendly word. And there’s the frump factor.

Some of us need to stick our heads in the sand frequently, just for survival. We make an impulse purchase — in my case it was pecans at Ralph’s — and just hope for the best. Now Ralph’s doesn’t strike me as a particularly risky venture, but pecans are another matter altogether. The pecan is a stealthy and vicious beast. An innocuous little bag, can, in some neighborhoods, end up dinging you $8.99.

That’s a lot of beans. By comparison I found a great deal for domain hosting. Thinking about getting a domain? Want your URL to look nice and clean? I am. $1.99 domains!

I am off to that expensive pecan neighborhood today — the Beverly Hills-adjacent Pico Blvd district. Off to my psychoanalytic training world. Only one seminar today, but it’s a 12-hour day. Better fix lunch.

Ostrich Frugality

May 23, 2007

I’m starting to hate the word frugal. It’s just too close to frumpy, and has a kind of constricted back-of-the-throat quality. Given that, I’ve changed the focus to finance psychology, rather than frugal psychology. For starters, finance is a much more searched engine friendly word. And there’s the frump factor.

Some of us need to stick our heads in the sand frequently, just for survival. We make an impulse purchase — in my case it was pecans at Ralph’s — and just hope for the best. Now Ralph’s doesn’t strike me as a particularly risky venture, but pecans are another matter altogether. The pecan is a stealthy and vicious beast. An innocuous little bag, can, in some neighborhoods, end up dinging you $8.99.

That’s a lot of beans. By comparison I found a great deal for domain hosting. Thinking about getting a domain? Want your URL to look nice and clean? I am. $1.99 domains!

I am off to that expensive pecan neighborhood today — the Beverly Hills-adjacent Pico Blvd district. Off to my psychoanalytic training world. Only one seminar today, but it’s a 12-hour day. Better fix lunch.