My goal for February was to spend $73.20 or less for groceries. That’s $100 less than our monthly budget. I am excited to report…I made it! I actually came in slightly under plan at $72.58. I was able to get $413 worth of product (food and toiletry/household items) for only $168.36, a savings of $244.64 or 59%.
We learned some lessons from our “Eating from the Pantry Challenge.” I learned to eat some more simple meals, and also some creativity in the kitchen. Self-control was also a valuable lesson learned. We are planning for a normal month in March, but I have completed a monthly menu plan and grocery list, and I will be doing some freezer cooking also. Hopefully this will help me to better utilize what I already have on hand so that I don’t have to purchase as much.
I was excited to be able to see the back of my freezer! I have been keeping it so well stocked (not complaining…I feel very blessed) that things were getting lost in the shuffle. Here are a couple of pictures of our freezer and refrigerator at the end of our challenge:
While I’m on savings, here is my first great deal for March:
I paid only tax on these items, a whopping 38 cents! Two boxes of Honey Bunches of Oats (sooooo glad to get this, because we completely depleted our cereal stock last month), 4 cans tomato soup, a Pepsi 2-liter, a body wash, and some clearance candy. Yay for CVS!