Okay, so I went over budget rather horribly this month and I can't blame it all on buying fruit to freeze. I did have to buy extra food for family reunions etc., but then at the same time we were gone quite a bit this month so in some ways I doubt we ate as much as usual here. Honestly, I'm not really sure how my expenses got so high.
One thing I did think of was that I bought a number of higher priced items that I submitted rebates for and I still haven't gotten those rebates back. I know that did make a difference. According to my records, I have $88.26 worth of rebates coming to me and that is not even counting the Rite Aid Single Check Rebates which would probably be at least around $60. So hopefully next month I'll even things out a bit.
At any rate, if you've been thinking I never go over budget, here's proof. I mess up too!
Monthly Grocery/Household Budget: $190
Total Spent: $218.58
Total Saved with Coupons/Sales: $351.75
Week 1: $8.98
Week 2: $64.00
Week 3: $67.97
Week 4: $10.24
Week 5: $67.39
Other Expenses: $140.48
- 40 lbs. Blueberries: $58.50
- 1 1/2 bu. Peaches: $51.00
- Misc.: $30.98
This was mainly from Rite Aid and other rebates.
Ending Monthly Balance: $314.88 (over budget by $124.88)
Balance carried from Jan.-June: $202.70
Ending Annual Balance: $77.82
- In case you are confused, this is the amount I have left from previous months when I was under budget. I kind of tried to plan ahead for the extra expense of fruit and veggies that I buy to can and freeze. I'm hoping that the above amount will still cover apples for applesauce, tomatoes for tomato juice and maybe spaghetti sauce, peaches for canning and green beans. Hopefully by the end of next month I'll know!
How did you do this month? Did all the fresh fruit/veggies put you under too? Or are you staying right on track?