Groceries: $1137.03Dining Out: $406.40
Our food costs are still high, but within the "normal" range for us. I think some of the increased cost is attributable to rising fuel costs, which in turn influences food costs. For example, we live in a landlocked state that does not produce a crop year-round. Consequently, we pay a premium for fruits and veggies that must be transported from other countries and/or states. But, I'm not going to stop buying fruit. Instead, I complain and pay the increased price.
I did make one small change to the way I grocery shop. I stopped doing all my shopping at Whole Foods. Now, I only go there for certain things (Sonoma Chicken Salad, Gruyere cheese, etc). The upside is that I still spend roughly the same amount of money on food, but we get more of it, which means groceries last longer and I go to the grocery store less often. Hopefully, the March numbers will reflect my new shopping strategy.