For the month of October, I had a grocery budget of $200. When looking at our mint.com account, we spent $211.86! DOH! We are over by $11.86. I looked to see what we spent and where. I see the culprit (and remember the other!)
When we were driving through PA at the beginning of the month, I picked up concord grapes for my mom ($7/basket) and the 52 lbs of apples for $4. Oh, and $1 for a small pumpkin for my desk at work. That was $12 right there. Also, when I went to Aldi’s in the middle of the month, they had margarita tubs that we have every year for our 4th of July party ½ off. I ended up getting 2 tubs for less than the price of 1 that I normally get! That was an extra $5 expense we didn’t really need. I put the tubs of mix in the cabinet to save for July 2011’s party. And my last
excuse reason is that meat was on sale and I loaded up. That was a $35 trip.
November has only 4 weeks. Not to mention I stocked up on meat while it was on sale last month. I am thinking about making the budget $150 for the month of November. We may have to eat what we’ve got in the cupboards and freezer! Lets see if we can do it!