It came down to the wire, but we made it. I came in $4.08 over my budget of $400. But whose counting right?
Obviously things were again tight, but it didn't feel nearly as restricting as last month. I think this was in part to the fact that I spread the money out more effectively and that I got a lot of chocolate from CVS :) A girl with a stash of chocolate never feels deprived.
I also started using newspaper insert coupons again. I saved about $20 alone using these this month. With some organization on my part I think this could be better.
We are now officially out our freezer reserves except for one turkey that I was surprised to find at the bottom. We'll use that one in March.
I've discovered that the one thing I'm having difficulty keeping on hand is produce. I'm not willing to give up fresh fruits and vegetables, but need to find a more economical source to deal with the shear numbers of mouths here. I'm going to try out Sam's Club produce this month and see if I'm able to make it work. I know I'll like the quality and that the quantity will be more. It's just a matter of whether or not it will be a cost saving. We'll see.
We turned in all of our change from the month and came up with $11. 53. These will be going to buy compact florescent light bulbs. When it is all said and done and we replace all 16 bulbs in our house it will be a savings of:
$ 355.10energy bill savings
9,615pounds of C02 prevented
I found this by entering in our numbers on a nifty online calculator. Give it a try.
These are my goals for March:
1. Prepare some freezer meals with my sister Barb.
2. Buy bulk produce at Sam's twice this month.
3. Work on coupon organization.
4. Start stocking up on free CVS items for a garage sale this spring.
5. Declutter, declutter, declutter and use, give away and resell whatever I can.
Many of you comment to me personally about how you are saving. Share it with the rest of us and leave a comment. Your ideas and savings might help me or someone else!! Tell us- what did you do right in February and what are your plans for March?