While recovering from surgery, my receipts for expenditures were starting to pile up. I finally addressed them last night, settling my ledger tablet (similar to the ome pictured above)that I use to keep track of what monies have been spent, what will soon come due, how much can be moved into savings.
The month of May is officially closed out-that's the good news. The bad news, as anticipated, is that expenditures are up in several categories: groceries, gasoline, electricity. Luckily, costs are down in several areas as well: vet bills, pet supplies, restaurant food, school supplies, postage, auto repair, auto washing, postage. When all was said and done, monies were moved to savings.
Moving forward, since I am now charging DD "rent" to help offset increased utility and food bills, I do have an extra $70 towards food/month. Having settled my monthly ledger, I have not only spent the increased allotment for the month of June, but have made a dent on July. Sigh.
Recent loss leaders at a new store, multiple meat marked downs have contributed to this. My freezer is full of meat for the Summer, I still have home and commercially canned as well as frozen produce on hand. Cleaning supplies are plentiful. Paper goods, what little I use, have been topped up.
Today, coupons and lists in hand, I hit several stores: Aldi $70.61: 4 pkgs Neufchatel cheese, 2 bottles each "splash" juice and apple juice, large canister coffee, 2 bottles Canola, large canister shortening, 2 cases soda cans: root beer and ginger ale, 2 lbs stick margarine, 1 pkg onion rolls, 2 lbs butter, 1 bag sweet potato chips, 2 large peppers (orange and red), box of gallon bags, 3 pkgs sliced cheese: Swiss, Cheddar, Provolone, 18 ct TP, 4 boxes tissue, gallon milk, can of whipped cream, 4 lbs brown sugar; Dollar tree: 4 boxes tissue, 3 bottles soda (kept us away from the take out window so worth it), 2 bottles each of shampoo and conditioner: $10.79 saved $1 w/ coupon, Stop and Shop: 2 pkgs whole wheat rolls, 4 Mueller yogurts, 2 Yopa! yogurts, 1 bottle All detergent, 1 bottle Snuggle fabric softener, 5 bottles Coke, 6 29 oz cans tomato puree:$22.73 saved $11.47 with coupons, local hardware store $4.78 Ball wide mouth plastic jar lids.
So pantry, kitchen shelves are replenished for now. We must eat what is on hand, I am thankful that the CSA is up and running so some fresh produce is coming our way weekly. I am hoping to stay out and away from the stores except for a stray item or 2 of needs for the rest of this month, to get us back on track.