When it comes to breaking down my budget, I always spend the most on rent, of course. However, two things vie for second place: what I spend on food and what I spend on my dog. And honestly, both of these categories could use a little frugality. Let’s take a look at January 2022 to review whether I spent more on food or on my dog?
January 2022 Food Spending
I spend money on food in four different ways:
- Meal prep delivery from Hungryroot. I love their meals and this is the easiest way for me to consistently eat healthy.
- Grocery stores for some extras. I usually get dairy and a few other things from the local grocery store.
- Delivery food usually through Grubhub. I order delivery food far too often because I don’t particularly like to cook.
- Restaurants, usually, but not always, with friends. I also dine out a lot, usually socially.
Here’s the breakdown of what I spent in each of those areas in January 2022:
- Hungryroot meal prep: $169.82
- Grocery stores: $163.71
- Grubhub: $447 (ouch)
- Restaurants: $419.15 (more ouch)
So, in January 2022, I spent a total of $1199.68. I definitely need to cut back on food spending. I need to spend more at Hungryroot, because that food goes further. It’s also healthier. I clearly need to spend less on dining out and delivery. This is a no-brainer, and I plan to do better in February.
January 2022 Spending on Dog
I admit that I also spend a lot of money on my dog’s life. Here’s how that looked in January:
- $635.45 on his pet insurance. I think this is wholly worth it. Note, however, that I paid for the whole year in advance. So this is only about $53 per month; it’s just that I happened to pay it all in January.
- $585 on his dog walkers. He goes out with a pack on weekdays. The truth is that I could walk him myself and save the money. However, I believe that he benefits a lot from the pack socialization. Plus, I need the break from him since I work from home and we’re together all of the time. Furthermore, I earn more working during the time he’s gone than I pay for him to be gone.
- $92.49 at Nom Nom Now. He gets his fresh/frozen food delivered through this service. I think their food is healthy and he likes it, so I’m happy to pay this. We usually pay twice this in a month. However, I had some extra so we were able to cancel a delivery.
- $20 on BarkBox. This is one of his treats and toys deliveries. He gets a lot of these.
- $32.19 on Chewy. His favorite treats come from this delivery service.
- ~$150 on Amazon Subscribe and Save. This is his dog kibble, as well as more treats and toys.
So, I spent a total of $1515.13 on the dog in January. However, if you were only to count his pet insurance by the month, then I spent $932.68.
Spending $1000 Per Month Each On Food and Dog
I guess it’s a toss up as to which one I spent more on this month. It depends on how you calculate the pet insurance. Either way, I’m spending about $1000 per month on each of these categories. I could definitely stand to cut back. Interestingly, I think it’s easier for me to cut back on my food than on his. So, let’s try that for February and see how it goes. I’ll keep you posted!
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Kathryn Vercillo is a professional writer with more than a decade of experience writing about healthy living and personal finance. She lives in San Francisco, where she has learned to maximize frugal living tips in order to thrive as a freelancer in one of the nation’s most expensive cities. When she’s not writing, she’s exploring the city on foot with her rescue dog. Learn more about her at www.kathrynvercillo.com. Kathryn also writes about saving money with coupons over at GroceryCouponGuide.com .