Saturday, November 28, 2009
Monthly Grocery Totals
So, for November I budgeted $790 for food, which included eating out. Now, this is a pretty high number for us (feeding all 7), and we eat out a maximum of about 3 times a month. I hadn't used an all-cash system to pay for groceries before, and if I didn't have enough money I didn't want any one eating Otter Pops and broccoli for dinner those last couple of days!
My thinking was, I'll get out $500 and see if I can do it just on that alone. I can honestly say not only did I do it, I even came in under that! Mike and I were shocked! I've been treating my 2nd job (or is that 3rd or 4th?) as a coupon queen. I literally spent a few hours figuring out the best combinations to use. Before we started this I seriously considered getting a job in the evenings, which I've done before, but as I looked there wasn't a lot out there that fit the criteria I needed. If we were in dire straits, I would certainly get creative and make something work, but that's not where we're at.
Ok, so the grand total for groceries alone IS: $418!!! So, so happy with that number, but I'm aiming for one month in 2010 to be at $200. I think it may be possible, seeing what I've done with this month which included a birthday for one of my kids.
I added up my receipt savings and the grand totals are:
Store savings: $133.50 Manufacturer Coupons Used: $45
My best receipt this month (above) was $1.91 for two pies, two Breyers Ice Creams, and four jars of spaghetti sauce.
I'm going to keep a running total of my grocery savings for 2010. Forget New Year's Resolutions! I started changing on 10/31!