. . . . But that is OK! Part of me is wondering if the amount we budget isn't enough for our growing family - as it has been the same amt. for so long - probably the same when it was only hubby, I and 2 kids! So I'm hoping that through these posts and looking to utilize Quick Books, we can better track and revisit this amt. later in the year to see if it really IS feasible.
Before I go into a more-detailed breakdown, I must note that the $200/pay - or $100/wk - is for groceries only (though on tight weeks it has had to include some non-food items) and we expense $25/pay separately for C-Funk to buy lunch - which breaks down to $2.50/day for two weeks worth of hot lunch (seems reasonable to me!). Spillz refuses to buy lunch at school so her lunch items are included in the $100/wk.
OK, so what does the $200/pay look like for our house this pay period???
- $40 - Merindorf Meats meat bundle (15lbs. meat)
- $10 - our local grocery store in town for misc. convenient food items for Nattie Bear since mom-in-law was babysitting.
- $135 - Meijers*
- $23 - Sams - for items I forgot/preferred in bulk (frozen fries/turkey lunch meat/hot dog buns/gummy bears*)
*includes some splurge items - the gummy bears were S-Money$ & Spillz's doings, LOL!
I say 'so far' because milk, bread, or some other staple that we run out of in the next 1-2 wks. may have to be purchased. I try as much as possible to just do without but items like eggs, milk, etc. that are used in many basic recipes I cook often - i.e. pancakes, muffins, granola bars - are just too hard to go without. Bread is something I can make if we run out so that's not too pressing to go out and buy before next pay.
Also, tonight is our small group with some church members/friends. I forgot to get ranch dressing and croutons for the salad we are supposed to be bringing - doh! Luckily I have a recipe & the ingredients I need to make homemade ranch and I'll just make homemade croutons from a free loaf of bread we got for a service project yesterday. There! Just saved a few bucks! Not much, but still makes me feel better when I can find small ways to save. . . . . even if I did go a bit over budget. :)
What about you? Do you have a grocery budget? If so, do you find yourself sticking to or are you also an 'Over-budget offender', like me? *wink*
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