I went from having only spent $160.00 to $607.00 in a matter of 24 hours. Not what I was hoping for! Now I am off to pay my Sprint bill...so that will leave me with only $140.00 left for the month. We'll see if I can pull this off! So much for that purchase at Gymboree...on the other hand I do have Gymbucks to spend...
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
As of Sunday, my pantry was getting pretty bare and a few of our basic items that I get at Whole Foods were gone. I probably could have gotten another week's worth of meals out of what I had, but I can't go without my 365 Strawberry Cereal Bars, which happens to be my breakfast every morning. I only make this trip once a month (even though I got a month and a half out of my last trip), so I decided to stock up on everything. I looked at my inventory, calculated how many of this and that I would need for the next month and made an extensive list. I estimated that I would be spending around $300. I decided to try buying a few things in bulk this time: oats, brown rice, orzo pasta, and raisins. I also buy spices in bulk because I found myself throwing away nearly full bottles of different spices that had been hanging out in the pantry for years...some probably from my single days! I only pay $.25 or so for just the right amount of seasoning. Once it was all said and done, my bill was just shy of $400! I couldn't believe it...this was going to bust my budget for sure! It killed me even more to think that I had to then go to Giant Eagle for lunch meat, cereal, creamer and fruit (Whole Foods' organic fruit is more expensive than theirs). After another $40 there, I was pretty much over my budget for groceries. All I can say is I hope these groceries last a lot longer than a month. I guess that will be my next challenge.