Do you have a monthly budget for your grocery spending?? Since January this year, mine is $500 a month for a family of 5. When I first started couponing, I didn’t keep track of the amount I was spending, I was just buying, buying, buying!
Thanks to quickbooks I was able to go back and see how much I usually spent in a month for groceries….and it was over $900 a month(many months a lot more!). That’s when I decided to set a budget and try to stick to it!! If it’s the end of the month and we need something, I still buy it even if I go over budget. I call this borrowing from next month=]
Things I include in my $500 grocery budget…
*all food & beverage items
*paper products (toilet paper, napkins, paper towels, tampons, pads, etc)
How my budget got completely blown in April…. The last two weeks of April I was sick & my husband had to take over much of the cooking & shopping. After Pizza Hut, Subway, and a grocery trip with just 2 coupons, we were over budget. I’m not sure how much over because I didn’t even keep track as usual! Instead of “borrowing from May” I decided just to start fresh:)
So my tips are:
*Set a budget for your household items & keep track of your spending. Everybody’s amount will be different depending on the size of your family and the area you live in.
*Don’t get sick because husbands can blow a budget – ha ha=]