I haven't been tracking our year to date spending on an ongoing basis but I have a notebook with all my numbers recorded. This year seems to be missing a lot of savings amounts like last year because I was too busy to track all that I saved. I am hoping to be better next year tracking my savings but it is less important then just making sure that the spending is under control.
My goal is to spend under $160 on all of our household expenses for groceries, paper supplies, cleaning supplies, and medicine (except prescriptions) per month. This gives me a total for $1920.00 for the year to spend on our family of three. Below is the monthly totals that I spent on those items:
Total OOP $1792.34
I spent more then I have in the last four years but I think that I got a lot of things to take care of my family and still stay under budget. It has been very hard to maintain the spending that low while working two part time jobs this year because there is very little time to put into following blogs and planning shopping trips. I normally throw together trips at the last minute and possibly in the store to be honest. I have had trouble keeping up the coupon cutting but mostly maintained the best that I could!!
Monthly Average $149.36
I am happy to start a new year and try my best to do it again. With my son getting bigger and eating more, we might have an increase in the budget to maintain that but the $160 monthly budget has been working for over 4 years and I know that the method is going to work to come up with the new budget. Hope you have a great year and look forward to sharing for another year to come!!!