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Grocery Spending Update 2020 - Spoiler, Pandemics raise spending.

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Back in January 2019 I stated one spending goal was to reduce our grocery spending. For 2019 we did fairly good and reduced our average monthly spend from $741/month in 2018 to $717/month in 2019. 

I'll call that a decent win given the constant talk of the price of groceries increasing and the fact that we are a family of 5 with growing kids and increasing appetites. We don't scrimp and eat well. I do try to prepare a balance of vegetarian and meat meals and cook from scratch most nights. Now 6 months into the covid19 pandemic and our food (and take out and alcohol) budget has increased greatly. As of August we are averaging $891 per month. We have almost reached the total spending for last year this month. 
It's interesting to analyze it, but I'm not going to be that hard on myself. The first weeks when everyone was stocking up on goods back in March I did a bit, but mostly our regulars and nothing extravagant. The stress of the lockdown after a week and I was craving …

Covid Life Crisis

I feel like I'm at the start of a Covid Life Crisis. It's likely just the anxiety around feeling like I've made the worst bet in sending my kids back to school. Have I risked their long term health with unknown future complications so I can continue to work? Our provincial government is doing very little to ensure the safety of kids in the schools. To date they have only provided 2 masks and hand sanitizer. Both of which have yet to arrive as the first week of school finishes. We are fortunate in that the school my kids go to is small, both kids have classes around 20. Many classes here are facing 30-40 students which is greatly above the capacity allowed for 2 m distancing. Today I have my first day off with no one home. I initially felt bliss to have a quiet house. Excitement to get some things done. Now it's anxiety or guilt, or some combo of the two. I don't know. I'm starting to question aspects of life that before seemed certain. Is this what I want to do…