One more day to go! I need to buy cat food and dog food pretty much first thing next month. I'm kind of excited to go grocery shopping for real and not just pick up four or five essential items that I need in order to make a few meals. But I'm really happy with how this $10 a day challenge turned out.
I did not go into it with the cupboards and fridge all stocked up and still I was able to buy a few items here and there and get really creative with what we did have. One of the main things I changed these past nine days was eating considerably cheaper proteins and we had a few unintentional vegetarian days. We ate kind of a lot of eggs, I found that pork for $1.58 a pound which went a long way, and we had a few different meals with canned tuna fish. I am going to try harder from now on to incorporate more inexpensive and good sale proteins into my grocery trips. We really eat a lot of $3.99lb ground turkey which obviously shoots up my grocery bill.
I also did not buy any food while working and I did not eat out. Even though I never spend very much on food while working, not spending anything does bring down that daily average.
The $10 a day spending was not just essential food items. I did purchase cat litter, some pricey bar soap, a small gift for a friend, and I brought home two boxes of ice cream bars (totally a luxury food). I was still able to buy some essential to us food that is a bit more on the pricy side. Little Abe loves string cheese, which I purchased twice. I pretty regularly buy him organic yogurt (Stonyfield is our favorite) in the tubes, the kind they sell specifically for kids which I then freeze and he eats as popsicles. I try and find the yogurt tubes on sale but I did purchase one box (I'm pretty sure it was at full price) while doing this challenge.
All in all this challenge was yet another discipline exercise for me and I learned a few things from it. I'm planning for a no spend day tomorrow but I have $1.48 left in my budget so I'll probably get myself a treat while I'm at work tomorrow.
Spending rundown today: $23.03 on groceries and $2.39 on a small gift for a friend.
My budget for the month is $450.79 which leaves $1.48
Average daily spending for 2015: $17.65