Monthly Spending Summary (Dec.)
Wow, this has been quite a year! With food prices rising, coupons and deals not being quite as good as before and with our little family expanding to four, I wasn’t sure how I’d do at keeping our grocery budget to $200/mo. But I almost did it. I ended up being over by just $1.02 and actually, I technically wasn’t even over. Here’s why. My mother-in-law owed me for some groceries that I had bought for her that I took out of our grocery money. She wrote me a check and we had intended to get it deposited by the 31st but forgot, so now instead of that money going towards this years grocery budget it will go toward next years. So I think technically I was under budget by about $8 or $9 for the year. Not much, but still under budget and that is what counts!
At any rate, I was happy to be pretty much on target. And the thing is, I have cupboards, freezers and a pantry full of food and supplies too! In all honesty I could probably do pretty much no shopping for at least a month, maybe two and still have decent meals and not have to do without many things. I’m kind of tempted to try it. But the thing is, I’m scared I’d get so low on most things that I’d end up paying way more than I typically do to restock and I’m not sure then that I’d be any further ahead. So what do you think? Should I try going a month without buying anything but say milk and eggs and maybe $10 worth of other stuff if I need it?
And here are the stats….
Monthly Grocery/Household Budget: $200
Total Spent: $113.17
Total Saved with Coupons/Sales: $231.66
Week 1: $63.07
Week 2: $21.29
Week 3: $18.86
Week 4: $9.95
This was for a Rite Aid Single Check Rebate that I did.
Ending Monthly Balance: -$91.52
This is the amount that I am under budget for the month.
Ending Annual Balance: $1.02
In case you are confused, this is the amount I went over budget for the year. So actually, I am over budget by $1.02 for the year.