This month has been a No Spend Month (with my own modifications). For example, we did eat out unlike some families that choose not to. We could have saved another $350, so that’s a bummer but it kept my kids from going nuts. We didn’t go to the movies or go to any “expensive” restaurants like BJ’s. We tried to have $30 and under meals which ended up being In and Out and our cheap local taqueria.
I am really excited about the amount of money I saved on groceries. I spent $408. I budgeted $550. Our normal monthly budget is $750. I spent a little more than half but I also included a Labor Day party and a few extra things I had not planned to buy but they were on sale- super sale.
I am really going to try and implement the NO Spend Weekend each month and a Pantry Challenge at the end of month. Perhaps I can replicate some of these savings throughout the year.
I will report my actual savings at the end of the month.