Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Pulling from frozen assets, in the freezer and talking grocery budget
At the beginning of the month, I hit several stores, doing my "big monthly stock up" shopping trip. Subsequently, I had more shopping, on a smaller scale, take place, including this past weekend when only 1 gallon of milk was required. The plan for this upcoming weekend is again to limit myself to only must haves. I am anticipating buying fzn OJ, milk.
To date, I have spent $352.95 of my allotted $400/month grocery shopping budget, $100 of which is supplied by DD as her "rent". In addition to this figure, I set aside monies every month to cover our organic farm CSA share as well as monies to cover any food purchased at a restaurant (of any sort). Some months, nothing is spent at restaurants. Rounding this up, I spend $400 total a month out of my monies towards food, cleaning and personal care supplies, paper goods for a family of 4 with 2 additional adults frequently joining us for dinner and/or gifted food to take with them.
We continue to eat a varied, healthy diet with some goodies/treats tossed in. Winning the grocery game, however,is increasingly more difficult. I stick to my budget, however, making changes, as needed, in order to do so. Raising the budget is out of the question, especially as I had an income loss recently while I was out on unpaid medical leave, and what few checks I have remaining this school year, will have to cover us until the new school year, when my next check will be 9/15. July and especially August have always been the lean times here. We'll make do.