Ok all, here are my totals for this month. For those that are new to my blog, I shop for a family of 3, which includes a “paul bunion” husband, a constantly eating 2-y-o boy, and I include cat food, toiletries, TP, paper towels and any medicines (asprin, etc) in my budget. Here it goes:
Total items purchased: 391
Total coupons used: 222
Original total for the month: 942.51
Total OOP after coupons and store discounts: 287.86
Total free items: 103
70% savings for the whole month!
I was over budget for the month (I’m trying to keep it around 250) but since I started seriously hounding and keeping track in january, I am still trying to stockpile, so I’m accounting for that. But at 70% savings, i don’t mind being over a bit. This month I also tried to incorporate more organic items into the diet which increased my budget but I thought it was worth it. I’m hoping to get everything else down even more so I can really start getting more organic items that we use alot, which will include meats. We’ll see how well that goes!