Somehow the first of the month creeped up on me – and then zoomed right past. I owe you all a menu plan post and a budget post. I’m starting with the latter, since I at least done that done already! (Which means, yes, we are flying by the seat of our menu planning pants right now… I’ll do it tonight.)
As you know, we normally budget $500 for food and household expenses (including personal care items, household cleaners, OTC meds, etc.).
The past few months, I’ve been challenging myself to bring it down to $400 – $450 and have done pretty well at that level. In fact, I even had about $60 left-over from August.
Of course, we were away the first week of August, so all the “eating money” that week came out of our vacation budget, and not our food budget, which definitely helped to stretch our allotted funds.
I have applied that $60 from August to the September budget and then allocated an additional $740, for a total of $800. That’s nearly double our monthly budget, so I expect to have a good bit of overage to apply to Sukkot. In fact, my goal is to be able to have a normal ($500 or under) budget for October, despite the fact that we like to entertain a lot of Sukkot. I’m hoping that I can squeeze all my meat and some of the other extras out of the September budget.
We’ll see how it goes…
Since my birthday was last week, we have already
spent blown through indulged in a rather expensive steak dinner – plus a bunch of alcohol (we had not a drop in the house) and nosh for a l’chaim on Friday night. I haven’t totaled it all up, but I think that’s about $100, so we’re down to $700 already for the rest of the month.
Since many of you asked in the Reader Survey, I will try to be better about sharing pictures and details of my various shopping trips. Keep in mind, though, that I have a fully stocked freezer and pantry, so I’m not starting from scratch. For example, I may not even have to buy any meat for Rosh Hashana – as I’ve got at least two briskets and some other meat in our deep freeze.
What about you? Have you made your September food & household expenses budget yet? Or are you budgeting one amount for all of the chagim? Any plans for keeping your costs low this year? Please share your thoughts and ideas in the comments section!