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!

 

Final Numbers for January – Saved $1,210.93

I’d been working really hard on keeping our spending below $100 for the month of January during the Boost Your Budget Pantry Challenge, and ended up doing so well at using money maker deals to cover staples like bread and milk that our spending for the month was only $14.77!!  I was so proud of keeping the spending this low that I actually jumped at the chance to spend the savings on 40 pounds of hamburger and 30 pounds of bacon from Zaycon Foods that was just delivered last weekend.  We still have plenty of chicken in the freezer from the previous delivery so I figure we now have enough meat in the freezer to make it through March and maybe a little further.  I’m super excited that even with spending an unexpected $206.76 on meat, we STILL came in below our new monthly budget of $300! For the month of January we spent $221.53 to buy $1,432.46 worth of groceries, toiletries, and cleaning supplies, or a savings of 85%!  That equates to an average of $1.02 per person for the month for our family of seven!

 

End of the Year Numbers & 2012 Goals

Here is my year at a glance for 2011 – I’m very proud of these numbers and excited to share, but honestly I’m looking forward to beating them in 2012!  I’d like to thank Angela at The Coupon Project again for putting the spreadsheet together that I’m using.  I’d highly recommend that you download Angela’s new updated version of the savings tracker spreadsheet for my favorite price – free!

This year we bought $14,010.39 worth of products for only $2,933.86, or 80% off. Take a look at the ‘coupons’ and ‘discounts’ columns and you’ll see that the $11,154.58 that we saved was approximately half from coupons and half from sales. That shows that you can save 30-50% without clipping a single coupon if you simply buy things when they’re on sale, and buy enough to keep you until the next sale. So how much you want to save and how much time you want to spend are completely up to you, but you CAN do this!

For 2011 we set a budget of $375 per month for our family of seven, plus two cats, one dog, and 11 fish. That’s $87/week ($4,500/52 weeks) or $12 per person, which we felt was reasonable and would maybe even allow us some room in the budget to expand our stockpile.  I’m thrilled and more than a little surprised that we’ve actually spent an average of just $56/week for all of 2011! Even though that’s just a little over $8 per week per person, I’m going to budget $3,600 for the new year, $300 per month or around $70 a week. That will provide us a little bit of a cushion and will allow for occasional “splurges”, plus it’s 20% lower than last year’s budget. Considering that we used to spend around $325-350 a WEEK, I’m super excited to know that we can easily live within our new monthly budget of only $300 a month!

I’m also very excited to be participating in the Boost Your Budget Pantry Challenge in January where we’ll be eating as much as possible from our freezer and stockpile and keeping our shopping expenses to a bare minimum so we can start the year out right with lots of room to spare in the monthly budget!  Please join us in January if you’d like to do the same!

 

Final Numbers for December – Saved $801.08

Before this week is over I’ll be working on a new budget for next year and getting the new spreadsheet ready, but I’m excited to report that for December we came in at nearly $114 under our current monthly budget of $375!  I find that amazing considering we bought 40 pounds of chicken that will be delivered from Zaycon Foods next week, and had some extra expenses for the holidays in there.  On the other hand, we started out the month with a positive after this profitable Walgreens trip so that made a big difference.  I’m also super excited to be participating in the Boost Your Budget Pantry Challenge next month where we’ll be keeping our spending to a minimum as we attempt to eat for the month strictly from our freezer, pantry and stockpile.   For the month of December we spent $261.35 to buy $1,062.43 worth of groceries, toiletries, cleaning supplies and gifts, or a savings of 76%!  According to the spreadsheet we’ve spent $2,933.86 so far this year for $14,010.39 worth of stuff, or 80% off. That equates to an average of $244 per month for our family of seven, or $1.15/day per person!

 

Final Numbers for November – Saved $1,298.39

Between buying several turkeys and the fixings for Thanksgiving dinner, and buying lots of school gifts and stocking stuffers this month, we bought more in November than any other month so far this year!  Considering that, I’m super happy that we still came in at $75 below our monthly budget of $375! For the month of November we spent $299.47 to buy $1,592.80 worth of groceries, toiletries, cleaning supplies and gifts, or a savings of 82%! According to the spreadsheet we’ve spent $2,672.51 so far this year for $12,947.96 worth of stuff, or 80% off. That equates to an average of $243 per month for our family of seven, or $1.15/day per person!

 

Final Numbers for August – Saved $1,203.23

August was a great month for savings and for stocking up on toiletries, sodas and back to school snacks and supplies so I think the monthly numbers looks pretty great!  We still had lots of homemade meals left in the freezer from July so we didn’t really spend much money on meat, but we’ll need to get in another freezer cooking day or two during September to replenish the supply.  This month we came in $128 under our monthly budget of $375!  For the month of August we spent $246.51 to buy $1,441.05 worth of groceries, toiletries and cleaning supplies, or a savings of 84%!  According to the spreadsheet we’ve spent $1,785.64 so far this year for $9,170.72 worth of stuff, or 81% off.  That equates to an average of $223 per month for our family of seven, or about $1/day per person!

 

Final Numbers for July – Saved $508.48

Wow – I’m amazed that we came in below $200 total for the month, but I give full credit to Zaycon Foods for the 40 pounds of chicken they brought me last week.  Typically what I do is plan a freezer cooking day once or twice a month (depending on our schedule), and use any “excess funds” in the monthly budget to buy meat in bulk at Sam’s Club or on B1G1 sale at Winn Dixie then put together a bunch of meals for the month all at one time.  This month we came in $212 under our monthly budget of $375!  For the month of July we spent $163.23 to buy $671.71 worth of groceries, toiletries and cleaning supplies, or a savings of 76%!  According to the spreadsheet we’ve spent $1,539.13 so far this year for $7,729.67 worth of stuff, or 80% off.  That equates to an average of $220 per month for our family of seven, or about $1/day per person!

 

Final Numbers for April – Saved $735.23

We spent a total of $261.47 during April to purchase $985.86 worth of groceries, toiletries, pet food and supplies for our family of seven plus two cats, a dog, fifteen thirteen goldfish and several thousand (new) Sea Monkeys.  At the end of last year we set a monthly budget of $375 but we’ve been too busy between travel, spring break and unexpected house repairs to do any freezer cooking lately so we bought very little meat in April.  Unfortunately, now we’re scraping the bottom of the freezer and we really need to try and fill it up with some nutritious homemade meals this month!  I still think we can come in under budget for May also, but I certainly won’t feel bad if we don’t – as long as the freezer is full too!  According to the spreadsheet we’ve spent $860.55 so far this year for $4,813.65 worth of stuff, or 83% off.  I’m amazed that it equates to an average of $215 a month, but I’m also sure that will be going up this month with a couple of large meat purchases and over the summer with the kids spending more time around the house.