Well we’re a week into our no-spend month. I mentioned here that we started out with some expenses that I would have rather avoided or prepared for…lesson learned. And as well as I’ve been planning with our schedule and meals, I thought this was payday week and was wrong…oops. Getting back into the swing after the holidays is a challenge!
Despite some setbacks, though, we’ll keep charging forward and exercising our creativity. Now that I found an amazing little shop to get coffee beans, and have a coffee grinder from Christmas (thanks, Mom and Dad!), going out for coffee isn’t nearly as tempting so I’m doing great there!
I’m documenting every penny spent in my Best Year Ever planner by Ruth Soukup (Living Well Spending Less). My goal is to keep our grocery spending to $375 this month. Typically with our family of three plus daycare kids, we typically spend over $500 (based on last year’s records), with our lowest month being $424. After my Bountiful Basket purchase this week, which should provide most of our produce for the next two weeks, we have $205.26 remaining for groceries (which includes a meal I took to a friend). With three weeks to go that will be tight but the freezer currently still has a lot of meat, so I think we can do it.