I just have a short post today to let you know how my first month of the $200.00 a month grocery budget went. I made my last trip to the grocery (of the month) today and I only needed a few items: milk, bread, flour, & eggs. My budgeting went much easier than I had initially expected. I figured it would be really hard to just spend $50.00 a week but it wasn't too bad. Going to the grocery, I had $22.00 to spend. I kinda freaked out last week when I left the store and only had $22.00 for this week's food but once I realized I only needed 4 items, I knew that was more than enough money. My bill today was $21.65! I know that's not much left over but you must consider I bought an extra bag of flour (it was on manager special), pack of tortillas (on sale and I had a coupon) and I also got a Spider Skimmer, which wasn't on my original list. It was really exciting (probably too exciting) that after getting the 4 items I had to have, I still had money to spend and since I had been wanting a skimmer and I wanted to make tacos tonight, I could get a few extras :)
Needless to say, I'm really excited about next month and can't wait to keep you posted :) Although I'm not one of those extreme couponers I have really been trying to use as many coupons (or items I already buy) as possible. So far, my biggest savings on one trip has only been $10.00 but that's a huge improvement from 6 months ago when I had NEVER used a coupon!