Things I have learned this month or taking note of:
- About $15 of this total was placed on gift cards this month. I wasn't sure whether to count these groceries toward my goal but I figured that even if I didn't have the gift card, I would have bought the stuff anyways. It would be different if someone gave me a gift card to Omaha Steaks or something like that. I wouldn't count that towards my spending since it's more gift like, but throwing a $2 loaf of bread on a Wal-Mart gift card does count. Even if I didn't have that gift card, I still would have bought the bread. I'm not running out buying Omaha Steaks!
- I have a big stock pile of stuff that I really didn't realize I have. Household cleaners, laundry detergents, diapers, make-up, hygiene, etc.
- I stocked up this month on some essentials. Garbage bags, Sponges and Diapers all accounted for about $50-$60 of my spending. I have enough diapers to last me through the spring (I think!) and I probably won't be buying sponges and garbage bags until the end of the year.
- I'll have to buy kitty litter in March. I've found the best price with quality is the BJ's brand. It's 40 lbs of scoopable for $8.99.
- I'm going to try to be more frugal in March due to a big birthday spending in April.
- I've realized we have cut some stuff out of our "normal" consumption. Orange juice for instance. I used to always buy it. It's pretty expensive (in relation to other juices and liquids). Bottled water. I'm making my husband reuse his and use a water bottle. Ice cream. We used to always have a couple cartons in the freezer. Now. None. I'm sure this will change come summer time.
- Even though I'm going to stick to "basic needs" in March and not do any stocking up of sorts (we need to eat all this Rice-A-Roni and Knorr noodles I have stashed away!!) - I'm sad to report we just used the last of our chocolate syrup last night and in our house, chocolate syrup is a basic need.