Monthly Spending Summary (March)

If you want to see exactly what I purchased, check the posts under My Deals for more details.

Oh goodness, you all.  I was so surprised and excited when I started crunching the numbers for this Monthly Spending Summary.  I knew I was doing pretty good this month but I had absolutely no idea just how good!   I basically didn’t spend a cent this month out of my $220 grocery budget thanks to gas rewards savings at Giant and the $13 that I got back from Saving Star and Ibotta!  I know, it sounds too good to be true, right?  That’s what I thought too and ended up doing the math several times to make sure I wasn’t missing something.- but I wasn’t!

Basically I purchased a lot of different things at Giant that were part of their gas deals and then put that savings back into my grocery budget.  And a lot of the items that I purchased as part of their gas rewards ended up being moneymakers too so that helped a lot as well.  If you are wondering how it all worked out and want to see specific deals that I purchased, just click the “My Deals” link at the top of this post.  And if you live near a Giant grocery store (or Martins in some areas) you seriously might want to consider starting to do the gas deals if you don’t already.  If you want a great website that helps you figure them out, check out Forthemommas.com.

Okay, so for those of you that like to see the numbers, here they are!

Monthly Grocery/Household Budget: $220
Total Spent: $0.51
Total Saved with Coupons: $155.07
Total Saved with Sales: $185.17
Total Saved: $340.24 + $198.53 in gas savings (thanks to grocery purchases)

Week 1: -$39.34 (this was a negative due to gas savings credit)
Week 2: -$54.89 (this was a negative due to gas savings credit)
Week 3: $57.99
Week 4: $36.75

Ending Monthly Balance: -$219.49
This is the amount that I am under budget for the month!

Ending Annual Balance: -$260.56
In case you are confused, this is the amount I am under budget for the year.  I know this is a lot but I know it will disappear fast this summer once I start buying fruits and veggies to can and freeze.  Because, trust me, I do a lot of food preserving.  (As in about 100 qts. of applesauce, 50 qts. green beans…well, you get the picture!)

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