MidgetMomma’s family has upped their budget from $1200 a year for groceries and personal care products to $1500 a year. With the addition of our youngest daughter in 2010, we needed to adjust our budget accordingly. The budget will be kept track of by me posting my shopping trips and savings/spending totals.
What is included in the $1500
- All groceries, However due to our family size/income we do receive WIC for our 2 youngest children, so where in my posts it may seem as if things like milk and veggies are not purchased often this are gotten by using WIC.
- Pet supplies-our cats are on a perscription diet cat food because of the cost we do not include this in our yearly budget
- Personal care products- all shampoo, soap, laundry soap, dish soap, diaper ect are included in the $1500 a year budget
Goal of our budget
- To keep track of our spending and savings through out the year of how much we spend
- Our goal is to stick to this amount for our groceries and personal care products with out depriving our 3 children of the nutrition that they need. Our children will not go with out the necessary foods because of our budget, if this means that we do go over our budget over the course of the year that is fine with us, our children’s nutritional needs come first.
- To help you save money on your grocery bill by seeing how we shop. Our goal is to show that you can stay on a budget and still feed your family healthy meals.
How we stick to the budget
- We use coupons combined with sales to get the best price on the things we use.
- Rebates are also a way that we save money on our grocery/personal care products. Any amount of money that we get back from a rebate will be put back into the budget (example: Our yearly spending is at 213.76 and I get a rebate check back in the mail for 3.76, our spent amount is then at 210.00)
- Keeping a stockpile: Buying multpiles of an item when they are dirt cheap/free is one way that we are able to stick to our budget.