I'm sorry to say that, although we did have some savings it just not as much in previous years for our no/low spend January. Though, if I just count the amount per week we saved on spending money and the savings on groceries, it would be approximately $200. Not bad but not the best. I hope we can do better next year!
We spent too much on groceries when I stocked up at the Amish Store, leaving our grocery budget in the dust. The rest of the time we managed to spend less than we normally do, so for that I'm glad.
How we did on spending money: No matter what they say, the little things add up!
We both kept our spending money down to a bare minimum. The pull to go in to Mcdonald's was strong at first and hard to resist. Our problem is we love to grab a cup of coffee or a Large Diet Pepsi as we go on errands. Then of course a sandwich will sneak in here or there. Finally, we got a grip and calmed down when it started coming too much out of our allotted $20 a week spending money. We also watched the grand kids here and there but we just fixed something they would be sure to eat (hot dogs, spaghetti, or fried bologna).
We went out to eat once in January with a gift card that was left over from vacation and once for a birthday that was planned. The tips came out of our spending money.
You have to watch out for boredom!
Bored out of our tree, we did slip up and go to a estate sale once this month. I spent $5.00 on some kitchen utensils and he spent $15.00 on the tallest ladder I've ever seen. After that we really didn't find any more sales and I'm glad. The urge to go and spend money is strong!
We headed in to the local Salvation Army one day and looked around. They only thing I found was some hot rollers for my hair that looked brand new in the box for $6.00. They work perfectly! Savings of $20!
Cleaning and Organizing
I've organized many of my cupboards and it's helped a lot to see what I have. It's amazing what you will find in your storehouse that you won't buy again, if it's organized. Saving money!
I cleaned out the pantry and I found some cans that are very close to their expiration date. They are now in the kitchen being used first to make sure they don't go to waste.
I also cleaned out the freezer in the house and I'm going through that food to make sure that nothing goes to waste. When it gets warmer I'll head out to the garage and clean out the freezer more.