Monthly Spending Summary (April)
After going over budget last month, I decided I really needed to crack down and work at getting my spending under control. It’s amazing how fast I can get lax if I don’t watch it! So this month I was much more aware of what I bought. There were times I was tempted to buy something because it was a decent price but then would ask myself, “Do we really need this? In one week will I regret not having purchased it?” And often I would answer no to both of those questions and just put it back on the shelf. I did end up stocking up on some things like sour cream, toilet paper and almonds but those are things that I try to always have on hand. I passed up some things like crackers, chips, and bacon because those are things that I often don’t purchase unless they are a really great price and I have the room in my budget. Obviously everyone’s list of “always have on hand” items will vary but I find having that list, even if it is just a mental one, is helpful in knowing what to buy.
I’m really hoping to keep better tabs on my spending during the month of May as well. It felt good knowing that I was not spending as much and instead giving our budget a boost. And honestly, I have enough food stockpiled that I could probably easy feed us for a month without doing very much shopping at all. So I’m trying to focus on using food from my cupboards and freezer- especially those that I’ve had for a long time.
And now, for those of you that are interested, here are the numbers for the month.
Monthly Grocery/Household Budget: $200
Total Spent: $156.10
Total Saved with Coupons/Sales: $249.10
Week 1: $19.65
Week 2: $41.19
Week 3: $36.11
Week 4: $59.15
I bought some whole wheat flour from my mother-in-law to use to make bread and various other things. (They buy 50 lb. bags of wheat and so it’s cheaper for me to buy it from them and then grind it.) I also bought several lbs. of butter from her that she got for $1.60/lb.
This was from several things: $8.25 was from Saving Star (LOVE that coupon site!), $23.99 was from Rite Aid Single Check Rebates, $10.98 was from a Staples rebate that I did for printer paper (got it free other than the tax) and $10.00 was from a rebate I did from Pfizer.
Ending Monthly Balance: $81.64 under budget
Ending Annual Balance: $208.57
- In case you are confused, this is the amount I have left over for the year. So actually, I am under budget by $208.57 for the year. I like to try to have quite a bit of cushion built up by June because I do a lot of canning and freezing of produce and fruit in the summer and it really kills by grocery budget!
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