Crunching Numbers – July

July is done and it’s time for me to figure out how I did for the month. If you remember, I started keeping track in March. Previously my grocery bill used to be $225-$275 each week. I used to take advantage of some coupons that I would cut from the one insert I had from that week.

Here are my current numbers since I started keeping track in March:

March:
Total spent out of pocket for the month: $567.83
Avg $128.24 per week

April:
Total spent out of pocket for the month: $380.57
Avg $95.14 per week

May:
Total spent out of pocket for the month: $425.02
Avg $106.25 per week

June:
Total spent out of pocket for the month: $323.34
Avg $80.84 per week

July
Total spent out of pocket for the month: $288.99
Avg $72.25

My grocery budget week goes from a Friday to Thursday as that is when we get paid. So this month’s groceries were determined from Friday 7/3 through Thursday 7/30. Next month will begin on 7/31 through 8/27.

My goal has been to be at $75/week and as you can see we had a great month. I really don’t see why I won’t be able to keep under budget from here on especially since now I am budgeting for special occasions like house guests or parties. Those are the items that can really mess your budget up but planning for them and having money set aside for it really helps to keep you focused and allows you to enjoy the time and the company of your friends and family without worrying about how you will feed them and where that money will come from (like the dreaded charge cards).

So to sum up our budget, for the last 5 months I have saved over $3000. That is over $600 each month. Click here to see how I got started using coupons and saving.
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  • Donna

    Congrats! You have proven it's not impossible to tighten our belts. All it takes is a little planning and creativity.

  • Cindy Livesey

    Thanks Donna. You chose the right words, planning & creativity. Thanks exactly what it takes! Hope you have been as successful!!