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)
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!)