Final Numbers for November – Saved $694.57

We had a few extra expenses around Thanksgiving so I was really pretty surprised that we were able to stay $75 under our current monthly budget of $300! For the month of November we spent $225.48 to buy $920.05 worth of groceries, toiletries, and cleaning supplies, or a savings of 76%! According to the spreadsheet we’ve spent $2,388.92 so far this year for $9,947.56 worth of stuff, or 76% off. That equates to an average of $217 per month for our family of seven, or $1.03 a day per person!

 

Final Numbers for October – Saved $570.15

This was a pretty good month since we were able to stay $97 under our current monthly budget of $300! For the month of October we spent $202.51 to buy $772.66 worth of groceries, toiletries, and cleaning supplies, or a savings of 74%! According to the spreadsheet we’ve spent $2,163.44 so far this year for $9,027.51 worth of stuff, or 76% off. That equates to an average of $216 per month for our family of seven, or $1.03 a day per person!

 

Final Numbers for September – Saved $477.27

We’ve had a few unexpected expenses lately like new tires, brakes and rotors for the car so we really cut back everywhere else that we could this month. I’m grateful that we had a stockpile, pantry and freezer full of food so we basically just bought the essentials and the best bargain deals this month and we were able to get by without really feeling the pinch. Of course we’re going to need to make another big meat purchase soon, but we’ll be fine until the next great bulk meat deal comes along. This is actually the cheapest month we’ve had so far this year and we were able to stay $161 under our current monthly budget of $300! For the month of September we spent $138.52 to buy $615.79 worth of groceries, toiletries, and cleaning supplies, or a savings of 78%! According to the spreadsheet we’ve spent $1,960.93 so far this year for $8,254.85 worth of stuff, or 77% off. That equates to an average of $218 per month for our family of seven, or $1.04 a day per person!

 

Final Numbers for August – Saved $630.44

August turned out to be a pretty crazy month with all the back to school activities and purchases, and with our evacuation last week due to Hurricane Isaac. I have to admit that when I did my usual shopping trips a couple of days before the hurricane hit it felt great to have a stockpile already so I could just be doing a normal trip instead of buying a bunch of last minute hurricane supplies like everyone else. Since we were able to stretch out our back to school purchases over the past year, starting with last year’s clearance sales, we were able to stay nearly $79 under our current monthly budget of $300! For the month of August we spent $221.03 to buy $851.47 worth of groceries, toiletries, and cleaning supplies, or a savings of 75%! According to the spreadsheet we’ve spent $1,822.41 so far this year for $7,639.06 worth of stuff, or 77% off. That equates to an average of $228 per month for our family of seven, or $1.08 a day per person!

 

Final Numbers for July – Saved $506.29

Although we didn’t go over our current monthly budget of $300, we did come pretty close this month! I made a bunch of back to school purchases including backpacks for all five kids so I think it’s terrific that we came in under budget at all. We do have a few more things to get before school start in a couple weeks, but there isn’t much left on that list so I’m hoping that we come in way under budget in August so I can go over budget during the fall holiday months without worry. For the month of July we spent $290.26 to buy $796.55 worth of groceries, toiletries, and cleaning supplies, or a savings of 64%! According to the spreadsheet we’ve spent $1,601.38 so far this year for $6,787.59 worth of stuff, or 77% off. That equates to an average of $229 per month for our family of seven, or $1.09 a day per person!

 

Final Numbers for June – Saved $771.18

We haven’t made any bulk meat purchases from Zaycon Foods since January and we’re really getting slim in the freezer so I just ordered 40 pounds of lean ground beef that will be delivered in a couple weeks.  I’m amazed that even after spending $130 on that meat purchase we still came in $85 under our current monthly budget of $300!  For the month of June we spent $214.97 to buy $986.15 worth of groceries, toiletries, and cleaning supplies, or a savings of 78%!  According to the spreadsheet we’ve spent $1,311.12 so far this year for $5,991.04 worth of stuff, or 78% off. That equates to an average of $219 per month for our family of seven, or around a dollar a day per person!

 

Final Number for May – Saved $633.08

We made one bulk meat purchase from Zaycon Foods back in January and haven’t bought any meat since then until the Memorial Day sales over the past week.  I’ve picked up 60 pounds of chicken leg quarters, a slab of ribs, a whole pork loin and a sirloin tip roast this week to re-stock the freezer a little so I’m amazed that we still came in $22 under our current monthly budget of $300! We’d been trying to use up everything in the freezer since the first of the year so I’m really thrilled to have a tiny bit more variety in there now.  For the month of May we spent $277.94 to buy $911.02 worth of groceries, toiletries, cleaning supplies and gifts, or a savings of 70%! According to the spreadsheet we’ve spent $1,096.15 so far this year for $5,004.89 worth of stuff, or 79% off. That equates to an average of $219 per month for our family of seven, or around a dollar a day per person!

 

Final Numbers for April – Saved $548.42

Wow – I am really amazed that we spent so little this month at only $158.25, or nearly $142 under our current monthly budget of $300! We’re down to very slim pickings in the freezer right now, but I’m still trying to use everything up in there so we can give it a good defrost and cleaning.  For that reason we haven’t bought any meat this month so I’m reserving the right to use some of this budget savings the next time Zaycon Foods is bringing beef or chicken to the area. For the month of April we spent $158.25 to buy $706.67 worth of groceries, toiletries, cleaning supplies and gifts, or a savings of 78%! According to the spreadsheet we’ve spent $818.21 so far this year for $4,093.87 worth of stuff, or 80% off. That equates to an average of $205 per month for our family of seven, or less than a dollar a day per person!

 

Final Numbers for March – Saved $641.25

Well I think it was another good month budget-wise.  We still have quite a bit of food in the freezer so I'm hoping that we'll be able to do this well and come in below our monthly budget of $300 in April too. For the month of March we spent $178.78 to buy $820.03 worth of groceries, toiletries, and cleaning supplies, or a savings of 79% off! That equates to an average of just 85 cents per person per day for the month for our family of seven!  According to the spreadsheet we've spent $659.96 so far this year for $3,387.20 worth of stuff, or 81% off.

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Final Numbers for February – Saved $875.08

We did so well with the Boost Your Budget Pantry Challenge in January that we’ve extended it into February, and now will be extending it into March!  We still have so much stuff in the freezer due to our last couple of chicken and beef Zaycon Foods deliveries that we could probably make it all the way through April without  making any more big meat purchases.  Since the freezer is still pretty stocked it wasn’t too difficult to come in below our new monthly budget of $300! For the month of February we spent $259.65 to buy $1,134.71 worth of groceries, toiletries, and cleaning supplies, or a savings of 78% off! That equates to an average of $1.30 per person per day for the month for our family of seven!