Its been a RUDE awakening this month!
I used a print out I got offline to record everything you spend on food..We did not go out to eat at a restaurant ONCE yet we spent over 100 dollars on fast food, grabbing a juice box at Target, Dunkin Donuts etc! I was shocked and disgusted.
My goal for November is to buy a Dunkin Donuts gift card for 10.00! We will not spend a dime over that! There is no need for it! I packed my van bag back up full of juice boxes, snacks etc. We will go out to dinner once just Jeff and I to a restaurant I have a mystery shop for which we will get back 35 dollars for the mystery shop so we shouldn't have to much oop for the visit!
We also spent 400-500 on food shopping! Ive been lazy and not meal planning! Ive also been buying things we don't need. Right now we have 4 bags of grapes in the fridge! Thankfully I have some pectin so I can make a thing of Jam or Jelly with it but the picking up things at the store has to stop as well! I am setting our November budget for 350 dollars! 300 for regular food 50 for Thanksgiving, candy making supplies etc. I hope to come in under budget. But I have a lot of things downstairs I can make meals with!
I have tons of cookie mixes, brownie mixes etc that I plan on baking up some goodies once a week at least so I can use up space in the kids lunch boxes or snacks when they get home from school so we arent using up all the snack stockpile!
I have become super lazy and it shows! Our income cannot handle it! Due to bills and what not November is a SUPER tight month plus we have Black Friday shopping in the mix so I am sticking to a tight tight budget! 10 for Dunkin Donuts 350 for Food shopping and hopefully no more then 40 for the mystery shop!