Friday’s Frugal Five

I did well with my January grocery budget of $300.  My total spent was $212 leaving me $88 to sweep into my FA savings account.  You can read more about the Freedom Account Savings here. 

Unfortunately the grocery savings for January will go toward my hospital and physical therapy bills from cutting my finger.  Cutting your finger – NOT frugal!

I will keep my grocery budget for February at $300, because like I’ve said before there are some months that we will meet that budget.  This year I will include the garden expenses of seeds and plants, because our gardens do supplement our grocery expense all year.

As for meats – our pork and venison expense comes to around $550.00 a year.  But that cost is for about 700 lbs of meat.  No we don’t eat 700 lbs of meat in a year, we barter, gift and sell quite a bit of it. 

We track our expense and revenues for the chickens and the egg sales separately.  But, I do use a couple dozen eggs each week.

The meats and egg portion of our grocery budget is factored in annually.  A good estimate is that we spend approximately 90¢ per pound of meat.  That does not factor in the electricity to run the freezer….

Friday’s Frugal Five:

  • Set up our February budget in Dave Ramsey’s Every Dollar.  This was pretty easy to do using last month’s amounts.  There is one travel trip this month to be considered and of course Valentines Day.  Also keeping in mind that it’s a short month.
  • Returned my library books and audio books on time avoiding late fees.
  • Hung laundry on the line and inside on rainy days to avoid using the dryer.
  • Returned a dog lead that I purchased and it broke with in a couple uses.  It was cheap and a purchase I shouldn’t have made anyway.  Our dogs are small, but when they get sight of a rabbit they will take off like a bullet.  Must have a sturdy lead for their walks.
  • Bought groceries for next week and stuck to my list.  Avocados are on sale right now, so I like to make several batches of guacamole and freeze it when they go on sale.  It freezes wonderfully as long as it’s in a size container that will be used up in a single setting.  I hate brown guacamole.  But, if that happens you can always turn it into a salad dressing.

Here is what I bought:

grocery-8

My groceries are very green and brown this week.

I spent $74.00  leaving me $226.00 left of my February budget.

What’s not included in grocery picture is our weekly milk which is $20.00 a month and chicken breast which was $19.00

Hope you and yours have a lovely weekend.

Till next time, Y’all stay safe out there!

Lori

3 thoughts on “Friday’s Frugal Five

  1. Frugal Five February
    1. Sold 2 items on FB garage sale=$10
    2. Bids on 4/6 items posted on FB with 20% going to dog club.
    3. Treating myself with my “FREE” birthday certificates to Panera, Corner Bakery, Baskin and Robins, Golden Spoon, Starbucks. $10 Kohl’s cash and $10 certificate to local boutique. I only buy an item that is just over $10.
    4. Walked to grocery store (1.5 miles round trip) 2x this week.
    5. Got a $97.11 class action lawsuit settlement. This $$ is going to my trip to Iceland/Ireland in July.

  2. Yay for hanging out laundry! I am pretty good about hanging out at least half of our laundry during the warm months (it dries so quick on our front porch!), but I get pretty lazy about doing it in the winter. I just set up a small “drying station” in my basement to air dry at least 1-2 loads a week.

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