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 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 October – Saved $910.62

We were running well below budget for the month of October, but then I got a notice that Zaycon Foods would be delivering 93/7 lean ground beef in November and I hustled on over to place my order.  Although we won’t get the beef until next week, we paid $115 for it during October so it is included in the monthly numbers.  We bought 40 pounds of chicken from them last month so the freezer will be pretty well stocked up for awhile.  Now I’ve just got to plan another freezer cooking day for next weekend.  I’m happy that we still came in nearly $30 below our monthly budget of $375! For the month of October we spent $345.35 to buy $1,255.97 worth of groceries, toiletries and cleaning supplies, or a savings of 73%! According to the spreadsheet we’ve spent $2,373.04 so far this year for $11,355.16 worth of stuff, or 80% off. That equates to an average of $237 per month for our family of seven, or a little over $1/day per person!

 

Final Numbers for September – Saved $686.42

September was a great month for stocking the freezer back up with lots of frozen entrees, and the numbers include the $60 we paid for 40 pounds of chicken from Zaycon Foods even though it won’t be delivered until Monday.  I’ll need to take some time this weekend to plan a freezer cooking day for the chicken for early next week!  If anyone has some suggestions on their favorites I’d love to hear them 🙂  This month we came in $133 under our monthly budget of $375! For the month of September we spent $242.05 to buy $928.47 worth of groceries, toiletries and cleaning supplies, or a savings of 75%! According to the spreadsheet we’ve spent $2,027.69 so far this year for $10,099.19 worth of stuff, or 80% off. That equates to an average of $225 per month for our family of seven, or about $1/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.

 

Final Numbers for March – Saved $1,131.03

We participated in January’s Clean Out Your Cupboard Challenge, even extended it as far as we could into February and I’m really impressed with the good habits that we’ve taken away from the challenge.  Our monthly budget is $375 and even though we’d been holding way back in January and February due to the challenge, we were still able to finish out March way under budget.  We STILL need to get going on another freezer cooking day pretty soon so I’ll likely spend most of the budget on meat in April!  We spent $264.68 in March to purchase $1,389.67 worth of groceries, toiletries and household goods, for a savings of $1,131.03 or 81% off.

 

Final Numbers for February – Saved $686.26

Since we extended January’s Clean Out Your Cupboard Challenge as far as we could into February we were able to finish out the month way under our $375 budget.  I’m sure that March will be a much different story because the freezer and cupboards are pretty bare now and we’ll be needing to plan another freezer cooking day pretty soon!  We spent $204.78 in February to purchase $891.04 worth of groceries, toiletries and household goods, for a savings of $686.26 or 77% off.

 

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