I participated in the Clean Out Your Cupboard Challenge in January so I’m proud to show that we started out the year WAY below budget, simply by taking an inventory of our cupboards, stockpile and freezer and planning our meals around what we had on hand for the month. I still continued to shop for all the hot deals (gotta get my retail therapy in!) plus the usual staples like bread, milk and eggs. This month we spent $90.89 to buy $1,434.13 worth of products, for a savings rate of 95%. Whoohoo – those are awesome numbers, but they aren’t typical so don’t get used to seeing these kind of ratios every month! The reason we did so well this month is because we spent next to nothing on groceries, shopping our own stockpile instead, and I concentrated on just getting the free or next to free deals at the drugstores. Next month will be more like normal, although I do plan to try and continue the excellent shopping habits I was nurturing in January.