Monday, January 30, 2017

Budget Update: January 2017

I decided to keep my budget at $350 a month for 2017, as it seems to be the perfect amount for stocking up on deals, buying the occasional treat, and covering the basics.  I was pleasantly surprised to have ended 2016 on such a high note budget-wise, and at over hundred dollars under budget for the year!  We have been super busy with our work here at the museum, so I have kept my shopping to a minimum, which has helped to save some serious cash.  I am hoping to get back into my CVS deal shopping in February - the break was nice, but I've missed it.  Below you can see how my spending panned-out over January, and what deals I was able to snag.

How is your shopping and budget going so far this year?
Total OOP for January: $316.31
Total Earned in January: $0.50
Total Remaining from January: $166.52!!!

Weekly Spending Report: 01/22-28/2017

This week I only ventured out to 2 stores.  Since it's a new year, work has been super busy, so I've had a heavier workload than usual.  Plus we had a very full weekend planned, so I had Joe stop into ALDI on Friday so I wouldn't have to go on Sunday like usual.  We didn't really need much this week - we are still eating down the freezers and pantries - mostly just snacks, breakfasts, and odds and ends to round things out.  I was excited to find some Easter/Spring craft items for Howard at the Dollar Tree.  He has thoroughly enjoyed decorating the foam hearts I bought there with glitter heart stickers, as well as some robot and truck stickers I found there too.  I am also loving how I am SO under budget for the month!  Below you can see how I wrapped up my spending for January...
  • Sunday's ALDI Trip: $53.86 oop (Included, but not pictured are 8 gallons of H2O)
  • Friday's ALDI Trip: $23.58 oop (Included, but not pictured are 8 gallons of H2O)
  • Saturday's Dollar Tree Trip: $6.36 oop

Total OOP: $83.80
Total Earned: Zero
Total Remaining from January: $166.52!