With today being the last day of June, how did we do on our grocery challenge to spend less than $200 this month? Not so great, but better than most months: $246.61 We had a few things come up that we weren’t expecting, but I think we did well. We had to buy more scoopable cat litter after our radioactive cat was no longer radioactive and we had to toss out what we had. Costco also had a sale on rice and flour – both of which we needed, so a bulk purchase was in order. ~$250 is better than our normal $300-$350 though! We also fed my mom for a weekend while she was here as well.
On the plus side, we only ate out of the house on our car trips to and from Pittsburgh (reimbursed), and ordered pizza in only twice in the month – bringing our eating out final to $54.34. *Much* better than our normal $250-$300 of eating out. We did buy some wine, but it was limited to only drinking on the weekends, and was mostly Aldi’s house brand (at about $32 for the month)
Except for the $2000 plane tickets that I needed to front the money for (and have since been reimbursed), we spent about $2500 less this month than we normally do. Now, a good bit of “normal” month is/was debt payment, so that’s some of the difference (about $1500 of that), but the rest is us not spending money. Good practice for the future since I know what our new take-home pay is: about $2000 less per month!