I ended up the month at $554.56. $2 in coupons were used.
Yes, I ended up over again and now the extra from January and February overages will be deducted from March. The month was looking good until the very end when we had to stock up on non-food over the counter medications.
This month for the first time I broke out the budget into food, nonfood and tax. This is how things shook out. Of the $554.56 spent:
Non-food $123.62 (OTC meds, cleaners, toiletries)
Tax $10.48 (5-12% per item for some convenience food/pop/nonfood items)
Previously I just lumped everything together by but separating things out, I realized that I am spending more on the food portion than previously thought and had actually thought that non-food spending would have been higher, something to keep in mind for March.
I still managed to stock up on lots of items this month but am running low on meat and fish so those will be the priority early in the month. We also have Easter in March so need to find a cheap turkey and inexpensive celery for stuffing, which seems to be the expensive veggie item these days.
Christmas 2016 Points, freebies
$25 Amazon GC from Swagbucks (click here to join, a referral link)
$20 from a food product class action lawsuit (applied for this 1.5 years ago)
$30 PC Plus Points
I have actually gotten to the point with Angus Reid Forum that I can request a cheque for doing the occasional survey ($50 threshold) but will wait until later in the year to do so and therefore am not counting that until I have the cash in hand.
I am finalizing details for our trip to Spain and have exactly 32 sleeps left until we leave. Can you tell I am excited?!?!