Thursday, January 14, 2010

How's it going so far??

Well, we are officially 2 weeks into our new budget boxes. It has really been eye-opening and thought provoking, being on this budget. Overall, I have to say we have been succeeding!! The only thing is that Mike didn't work many hours at all the past 2 weeks, so the numbers will be off at the end of the month.
Here is a look "inside" our budget boxes at the 2 week mile marker:
Gas - $30 spent (we budgeted $20/week) so we are under :)
Fun - $13 spent (we go blizzards last week) (we budgeted $20/wk, so we are under)
Grocery $ 315 spent (which includes upfront expenses for my upcoming class food) Yes, we are over in this dept, but since we are not eating out at all, it is more than anticipated. This is our first month doing this, so there are sure to be some adjustments.
Retail -$0 spent!!!!!!! Yeah, (budgeted $30/week) I am staying away from the stores!!
McD, QT, Restraunts - we are sticking to our $20 each per week. We still have a gift certif to one of our favorite Pizza shops in this box to use after we just can't take eating at home anymore :)

Today we will actually spend a few more dollars from the Gas/car box as we MUST get the car washed, it's finally warm enought to get all that yucky salt off!!

We have had some crabby moments from the kids, wanting a happy meal, or something other than what is avail in the pantry, but overall, have enjoyed a yummy, family filled week around the dinner table. There has been laughter for the most part and simple pleasures.
Instead of just going here or there and swiping the old debit card without much thought, our thinking is changing. Rather than thinking "where can we go shop today" we say "where can we avoid going this day and this week to save! Pretty cool. How are you all doing with your new years resolution??

2 comments:

Lori @ Couponomic Stimulus Package said...

Excellent job! That's a great start to your budget! Keep it up!

The Prudent Homemaker said...

Your children will get used to the changes, but it will take tim.

I remember the first year (of over 2) we started living from our pantry. At first, we ran out of milk, and they had to eat their cold cereal with reconstituted powdered milk. Then we ran out of cold cereal, and the children had to get used to cooked breakfasts from what we had on hand.

My children have come to understand that if we don't have it on hand, or it isn't growing in the garden, then we won't be eating it.

They know that birthday presents and Christmas presents come from what we have on hand, and they enjoy the homemade gifts.

Your children will adjust to he new changes. Some will take longer than others. For us, we had a 2-year-old who didn't like oatmeal, which we had 2-3 days a week for breakfast. He wouldn't eat at all.

Two years later, he decided he loves oatmeal.

And I'm never going back to buying cold cereal!

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