Monday, September 1, 2008

My budget

I've said many times that I am amazed at all these wonderful women who live on a grocery budget of less then $50.00 a week, but it's just not for me. If I ever had to buy toilet paper, paper towels and cleaning supplies in the same week I'd be in big trouble! So I've decided to set a budget, for our family of five, at $100 a week and see how that goes. I've done it for the past few weeks and so far I've been pretty close.
My budget will go from Sunday to Saturday and I'll try to update this every week.

Week of August 31 - September 6
So far I've spent:
Publix $28.86
CVS $1.23
Publix $12.15
CVS $ .86
Target $13.51
TJ Maxx $8.52
Fast food $5.29 ( Yes, I caved, I was out of the house from 8:00 a.m. until after 6p.m.. I was hungry and needed a snack for the kids since we weren't headed home.
Target2 $22.91

$93.33 spent.

$6.67 left for the week.

9/7/2008 We made our budget this week, with $6.67 left!!

I'm not posting a budget this week because I've decided I'm not having one. I'm still tired and cranky and I've decided to throw caution to the wind and forget the budget just for this week. I haven't gone crazy with it either, I think I just need a little room to groove and breathe. I'll be back next week refreshed and raring to go!!


Melissa said...

Hi Liz, I really don't know how they do it either! REALLY!
I try to budget about $100 a week for my family of 4 and I think that's pretty darn good.
I use to spend closer to $300 (GASP!)

Sweetwater Savings said...

Hey Melissa,
I used to spend about $200 - $250, and most people I talk to (especially those of the non-couponing variety) seem to spend between $250-$350 so I think we're doing pretty good!