A lot of my readers might not remember this - but there was a very nice lady out there in NH (Weare, I think...). In the beginning of 2009, she started a goal to spend only $1,500 on groceries and other stuff for the house. She was featured on Fox 25 news. She had a blog, but ended up taking it down shortly after the newsbroadcast. I guess a lot of people were bashing her for "making up" that goal. I don't know why people would waste their energy commenting to her that she was lying or whatnot - but whatever.
Although my family probably could never accomplish a goal like that - I can see how some families could. I don't remember the lady's name, but I remember that she was very nice and used to make comments on my blog - so if you are still reading, a few of us are curious as to how you did! Were you able to stay at $1,500? Did you give up? Anything you learned by it? I'd love to hear how you did, as well as most of my readers! Even if you decided to give up the goal - we'd love to hear how it all went down - without judging you one bit!
I did make my goal of $5,000 - I have a $25 Stop & Shop trip to record here - but I'm still around $4,800. It was very hard to keep up with in the month of December because I felt like I was always running to the store to pick up this, that and the other thing (darn holidays!).
If you want the chart I used in 2009 to track your spending in 2010, CLICK HERE. Afterwards, click on File and Create a Copy. Then name it whatever you want. Just enter the date, the amount you spent, the amount you saved (if you wanted) - and the sheet does the rest for you. I found this year that if I started to try to delete rows, the formula gets messed up. So try not to delete rows. I also didn't pay attention to the "Qtr" column. Many, many thanks to MommySnacks for posting this last year!