So this is how it broke down: Spent $482 Total Savings $367 Coupon Savings $76
I realize that I was over my goal, but I began stocking up on freezer cooking items for April's meals, so I'll just subtract that $82 from April's grocery budget. Not bad, I'd say.
Enjoyed another freezer cooking party with some friends last Friday.
Having just completed the first quarter of the year I am quite pleased with how this budget is going. I am getting the itch to go shopping for shopping's sake or to eat out because it seems easier. But I will have to restrain myself here. Our savings is seemingly more stable and we haven't used the credit card once for anything that isn't for reimbursement in 20008. Sure a few emergencies have popped up and it's been a relief to have that money in savings to withdrawal.
Learning that Tuesday mornings is the time that our Kroger marks down produce/meat/dairy has saved us a bundle. I sent Sean out this Tuesday morning to pick up milk on manager's special for our freezer since I was at work. He took his job seriously and came home with this for $36.00. I think it was somewhere around 15 gallons. I'm going to see if I can make this last the whole month. We average about a 5 gallons a week.
Perhaps the financial highlight of March (of our lives perhaps) was receiving the Lilly grant check in the mail. Never (I say never) in our lives have we made a deposit this large. I was certain that the bank teller was going to laugh at me or report me to the police for an "uncharacteristic deposit". Thankfully, that didn't happened. I've been able to order UV protectant swim wear for some of the kids now. Some of our children have only two colors, red and white, so it is necessity . It feels strange to have this money to spend in what seems like extravagant ways for us, but I admit that it is fun!
My goals for April:
1. Stay in budget.
2. Plan a garage sale with Tisha to sell all this free CVS stuff we've picked up.
3. Eat out less and only with a coupon,
4. Put 15% of my check into savings for the next 3 months.
How did your first quarter turn out? How are the small changes you are making adding up to bigger differences?