Friday’s Frugal Five And Grocery Budget Bust

BIG BUST and I can not lie…  Yep, my grocery budget is a bust this month.

Here is what I bought:

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Total spent $35.00   (That doesn’t look like much for $35.00 does it)

And then I busted it again!!!

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I found mushrooms on sale yesterday and have plans for canning them.  We eat a lot of mushrooms and at $1.89 I grabbed up all I could, considering they are usually around $3.89   I spent $32.00

What’s not pictured is a bag of salad and avocado that I had for lunch yesterday.

Spending $67.00 brings my total for February to $357.00   Over by $57.00

This is not good considering it is a short month.  I’m going to say one word about it then let it go….  SCHWAN’S!!!!

Friday’s Frugal Five:

  • I’m considering the $1.89 mushroom find a frugal win.  Looks like I’ll be canning mushrooms this weekend.
  • Brought home two 50 pound bags of sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) from work this week ($15 per bag is my work discount).  I use baking soda for cleaning, I use it with white vinegar in the sink drains to “fiz” them clean, I use a 50/50 mixture baking soda with my laundry and dishwasher detergent to stretch it further, and both work just as good when doing this.
  • Every morning I woke early and got my exercise in before leaving for work.  Exercising in the morning boosts my energy levels and lifts my spirits.  I do believe that being happy and feeling good is a very important part of healthy frugalness.
  • I purchased some marked down Valentines day goodies to use as birthday presents, saving 80%.
  • I’ll make a March meal plans this weekend.  I’ll start on our taxes this weekend so that I’m not down to crunch time in April.  We will start our tomato seedlings this weekend so they will be ready for the garden in May.  Sounds like a busy weekend.

Your turn,  what frugal fun did you have this week or fun planned for the weekend?

I hope you have a lovely weekend.

Till next time,

Lori

 

Friday’s Frugal Five

I had to do some traveling for work this week to Dover Delaware for a trade show and I was treated to a nice hotel stay with  some good food.  They even gave us a $25 voucher to do some gambling in the hotel casino.  But honestly to tell the truth, that’s just not my thing anymore.  I would rather be home with the Z Man, the babies, the chickens and even Myrtle, our bird.  I’m just a homebody now and happy to be one.

Frugal Five:

  • Before I left I made the Z Man lots of meals for his breakfast, lunch and dinners while I was traveling.  Chicken soup, pesto chicken pasta, sausage and cheese strata.  He ate good too while I was away.
  • The trade show host provided us with $25 vouchers to do some gambling in the hotel casino.  I gifted $10 of mine to a co worker, but I still ended up winning $52 and walked away from the 1¢ slot machines that I was playing.  I know I’m such a big shot right, playing the 1¢ slot machines. 😉  That’s right 1¢ instead of the $1 machines.
  • I brought back the hotel amenities (shampoo, coffee, teas) that I did not use during my stay.  I did not hoard extras, I just brought home what I did not use.
  • Last week when I made smoothies I ran out of fruit, so I decided to use some blackberries the Z Man picked last summer that I had in the freezer.  Well, remember when I mentioned that I’m big on texture when it comes to my food.  There were so many seeds from those blackberries in my smoothie that I just couldn’t do it.  So instead of tossing the remaining four smoothie set ups I had in the freezer I just thawed them out and removed the blackberries and refroze them with different fruit.  I wasn’t about to waste the other ingredients.  Throwing food away is the worst waste.  In the words of Dennis the Menace….  “You Can’t Waste Food!”
  • I bought groceries last night after work, stuck to my list and bought nothing extra.  I needed to stock up on fruit for my smoothies, which isn’t cheap.  I spent $75 which brings my grocery total to $149 for the month, leaving me a balance of $151.    Here is what I bought….

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At least there is a little more color in my grocery purchases this week.

OK, your turn, what frugal fun did you have this week.

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

Lori

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:

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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

Weekly Meal Plan and Groceries

I  hope y’all had a great weekend.  Ours was pretty uneventful which is just fine.  I  hope everyone is safe after that awful ice storm.  Our snow has all melted away thanks to some warmer temperatures, but it has cooled back down now to normal winter temps.

I was late getting my weekly meal plan done this week, but I finally got it done.

Having a weekly meal plan really takes away the stress of what’s for dinner and for me it also keeps my grocery budget in check.  I make a grocery list based on my meal plan and go to the store once a week.  We started a facebook group for this very purpose.  Z Life What’s Cooking Group.  It’s also fun to see what other people are eating and  to get meal ides and recipes from others which helps with the dinner rotation rut.

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I picked up the needed groceries too.

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The cara cara oranges weren’t on my grocery list, but when I saw them it made me think of a friend so I splurged and bought a bag.  Hopefully it will also curb the sweet tooth cravings I’m having and keep me out of the doughnut shop! 😉

I track my grocery expense with the Dave Ramsey “Every Dollar Budget” program.  It’s free at his website.  To date my grocery expense for January is $75.00   I round up to the next dollar because all change goes into the change jug.

My grocery budget is $300 a month which includes food for us and the dogs, health and beauty, cleaning supplies, everything but alcohol.

Admittedly I am purposefully trying to keep my grocery expenses low by staying out of the stores which in turn keeps impulse purchases in check.   Also, keep in mind that we raise or hunt almost all of our meats with the exception of seafood and the chicken I purchase from Polyface Farms.  I buy the chickens in a larder of 15 whole chickens at a time and I usually do this twice a year, so I expect sometime around July I’ll be stocking up again.  This usually cost between $250 and $300 depending on the weight of the chickens I get.  I do have a $50 off punch card that I’ll use with my next purchase that I need to not forget about.

In full disclosure, this is the first year I’ve used the Dave Ramsey “Every Dollar Budget” system and honestly I had become pretty slack in tracking expenses.  This year I wanted to get serious about it and I think the Every Dollar system is going to be the trick.  Plus it’s free, my favorite price.

I believe this will be a learning experience for me this year to see the actual hard numbers on all of our expenses, but it will show us areas where we can tighten up on for the future.  Retirement is getting closer and this will help us get more prepared.

Hope you and yours have a great week.

Till next time,

Lori