Tuesday, February 2, 2010

January Grocery Totals

This was a good month for shopping, or maybe I'm just getting the hang of this whole coupon thing!  So, for this month, the total is:

$259.69=total spent on food
$213.20=store savings
$184.63=manufacturer coupons used 

We beat last month by quite a bit.  I had so much left over ($200), I was able to knock out our two smallest debts (I also threw the money  I made from sewing and some rebates that came in last week at these debts and at debt #3 in the snowball).  I'll continue to budget $500 for food/household items for the next few months to see if I can continue this money-saving trend.  Any left over will be dumped on our debt.
(Like that naked chicken?  Something about cleaning a whole chicken always creeps me out-I  imagine that there used to be a head there!)


  1. Next one is a little bigger....good job paying off the other 2 so quickly! Looks like you'll be enjoying oatmeal cookies for a while :-) Love you! Bagette

  2. Nice job, Kris! You go! I spent almost that much in 2 weeks (with less people in our family), and I am thrilled that I stayed within that budget! You have inspired me to go cash with our budget & really make it stick.

    Plus with that chicken, I've learned I can just throw it in the crockpot all day and it turns out delicious & it is pretty cheap. I can then freeze the meat & use it later in a couple of different dishes. :)

  3. ya Kris, credit scores are weird. I know that they like to see open accounts, but when you close one, it can affect it. One way to keep that from dropping your score a few points would be to just pay off the cards, throw them in a drawer and not use them, but keep the account open. I think that would help, but I am not a credit wizard by any means. The other thing to boost your c. score is to use a credit card for a purchase of say, 200 bucks, and then pay it off over a period of 6 months or so. I know they like to see a balance being paid over time, rather than buying something for 30 bucks and paying it off that same month. I am working on my credit now too, because at some point I want to buy a home. Sounds like you are doing great at it, keep up the good work, I am rooting for you!

  4. Thanks guys! I'm feeling the love:) I honestly don't know if I can repeat this low total again for February or not. That's pretty low to feed 7 people. But what the heck, I'm so darn competitive (with myself) that I probably will at least do this again in the next 6 months. I also won't pretend it's easy-I work hard to gather all my stuff (so thankful for other gals who blog and post great deals)and I'm often shopping late into the night-I've gotten home a little before midnight a couple times.