Tuesday, April 2, 2013
March Budget Results
March Grocery Budget
$425 plus extra from February $9.30 = 434.30
Actual $487.46 Coupons used $12
Frugal fail! Our costs seem to be escalating and it is tougher and tougher each month to meet budget. Our 2 year supply of Splenda arrived, purchased at a discount from Staples. I bought a grade A turkey at .95 cents per pound for Easter but then we decided to do smaller easier dinners so that turkey will be cooked later this month. I still have ham, chicken, beef and some fish and the cupboards are mostly full. On the non-perishable front I bought dried navy beans as an additional frugal long term staple.
The budget buster this month is over the counter medications. We have been trying to buy large quantities at the cheapest prices but hubby had several allergy issues so at least $50 was spent combating that.
We also had company this month - my mother in law for four days and my Mom for three. They don't eat much so the overage certainly is not from them. I am hoping due to all the bulk purchasing that later in the year things get a little better as we are already scratch cooking 99% of the time.
This week I am trying not to buy any groceries as Saturday we drive back to Alberta to clear out our home there that has sold-we are out of eggs but can live without until we get back from our trip as I do not want to buy produce for it just to spoil.
Annual budget $250 - Left in Budget $208.53.
There were no hair costs this month at all. I still have one color in the cupboard and will need a haircut in April.
Annual Budget $200 - $187.50 left
.25 cents was spent in March on a really nice pink blouse bought from a thrift store. Frugal Fail again as it shrunk when I washed it which doesn't usually occur on thrift store clothing as it has already been used. It has been re-donated. $187.25 is left for the rest of the year.
This month was tough on our budget. We spent $700 on an air ticket and car rental at the last minute so I could escort my Mother-in-law to her sisters funeral. It was a financial decision we made and one I didn't regret at all - until the $157 speeding ticket charge showed up on my credit card from the car rental company. Alberta has photo radar. I never get speeding tickets as try not to speed - but I was worried about getting to the airport on time. Crud!
We tried to reduce our expenses for the trip to Alberta next week as much as possible. We are driving thereby not having to rent a vehicle nor use points for our flights. We will eat at home. Money from items we sell will pay for the travel expenses and we have already pre-sold one room of furniture to someone who knows us for $600 so feel confident we will have extra money from other furniture sold to bring back with us for some changes to our home here. I am taking our inflatable Coleman airbed in case our bed sells right away so we have somewhere to sleep. We can bring back our extra vacuum and some other items that will save money in our BC home as backups.
On the bright side British Columbia voted out a harmonized sales tax and as of April 1 things like eating out and drycleaning will be 7% cheaper for us. There are some other items that have reduced tax too and I estimate a total annual savings from this change to be around $200 for our household.
Hopefully April will be easier on the wallet!