Monthly Spending Summary (Jan.)
If you want to see exactly what I purchased, check the posts under My Deals for more details.
Some of you may remember that last month I asked the question, “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?” Most of you that responded said that, no, you didn’t think I should try it. And I decided not too, at least not for now. Here’s why.
I kind of agreed with reader Monica’s comment when she said, “The base of your system is having a foundation of goods to build meals on, and if you dismantle it, I fear you’d be playing catch up for a long time.” That was kind of what I felt myself but thought maybe I was just being too cautious. I decided instead to just give myself the freedom to scale back some weeks on my shopping. For instance, if there is a week that I an unusually busy or just don’t feel in the mood to do the deals, I won’t. In the past I typically felt obligated to go no matter what. Now I’m going to try not to feel that pressure. Notice I said try. When you are a saver like me, sometimes it’s hard to remember that you actually don’t need to do every deal!
Another thing that some of you have asked is whether I plan to keep my same grocery budget dollar amount, especially with so many food prices rising. Honestly, I wasn’t sure what I was going to do. Many food prices are increasing and this year we do have 2 children eating instead of just 1 eating and 1 breastfeeding. However, since we’ve been away the last 6 weeks and have had our food provided for us, it has enabled me to get ahead budget wise. I had thought we would just scale back our budget accordingly but my husband really felt like we should just keep it like it is to reflect rising food prices and also to make me feel more free about skipping some deals like I mentioned above. Plus I didn’t have to purchase any beef last year thanks to a huge beef purchase from friends the year before. But that meat is almost all gone so I’ll be needing to restock our freezer with beef.
So in some ways we are increasing our budget. I’m not sure how you’d figure out how much since the 6 weeks we were away we still had to supply personal care items and diapers, laundry soap etc. In other words, it’s not like we had no expenses. I’m guessing though it would work out to be about a $13/mo. increase.
I hope that all makes sense and please, as always, feel free to ask questions!
Okay, so about this month’s budget. Since we were gone 4 out of the 5 weeks, I didn’t spend very much and I plan to just roll the excess over to use in future months. I know I’ll use it up quickly when canning time comes and I purchase large amounts of fruit and veggies!
Monthly Grocery/Household Budget: $200
Total Spent: $20.53
Total Saved with Coupons: $61.85
Total Saved with Sales: $33.87
Total Saved: $95.72
Week 1: $12.55
Week 2: $6.19
Week 3: $0
Week 4: $1.79
Week 5: $0
Ending Monthly Balance: $179.47
This is the amount I am under budget for the month. I will roll this over to use in future months.