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!

 

Final Numbers for January – Saved $1,360.68

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.