Crunching Numbers – August

Drum roll please. August numbers are in. How did we do?
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

August
Total Spent out of pocket for the month: $288.08
Avg $72.02 per week

For the month of August we had lots of people staying and eating at our house. Some of them were very big eaters. Having enough food for all was the challenge which is why I have added a new item to our budget, hospitality.

During August I used $93.79 over my grocery budget in order to feed my guests. In this case, I used rebate money to cover the cost because I had not set up a budget account for hospitality until half way through August. Another words, I was not prepared. Now I am on track with the new addition to my budget and I can have things like Thanksgiving dinner and not even blink an eye. Of course, I’ll get that ShopRite FREE turkey to help.

So to sum up our budget, for the last 6 months I have saved over $3700. That is over $600 each month. Click here to see how I got started using coupons and saving.
If you are ready to get started using coupons, check out my beginner series here.

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 7/31 through Thursday 8/27. Next month will begin on 8/28 – 9/25.

**Note: My budget numbers for August do not include the $93.79 I used for guests. Money I had received in rebates was used for this purpose.
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