I am trying to teach myself how to make & stick to a budget. I have so far been keeping track of how much we are spending. Now I need to know a good target amount. It would really help me out to get some baseline data from others who are actually able to budget effectively. My food budget pays for all groceries, but not fast food or restaurants or school/work lunches (should it)? I am supporting a family of 5.5, 3 adults, ds17, dd11, dgd 13 months (1/2 time). I am operating on the premise that if I control my spending better, I will have more $$ for things I like to do, for example vacationing at WDW.