After looking at last year's budget and comparing it to what we were actually spending We were spending $900 or more including eating out. We also realized we were eating out about every 5 days.
SO January's budget was $400 and eating from the pantry.
How did that go?
I can say the first 16 days it went fine.
On day 16 we were craving our favorite pizza and chef salad. We compromised by getting it as a take n bake and got 2 chef salads instead of one so it made 4 meals instead of just 2.We eat the salad BEFORE we eat any pizza.
On the 18th which was my birthday we were coming back from our kids and Hubby decided to stop at Wendy's so I wouldn't be fixing dinner.
On the 30th we went to our favorite local restaurant and got their chicken dinner.It was the special that night so we saved a few bucks.
Also at the end of the month I was informed my Vit. D was so low I had the Rickets and my cholesterol was through the roof. I had given up dairy to lower my cholesterol, guess that wasn't what was sending it up to begin with.
So armed with list of foods that help raise Vit. D and lower cholesterol we went to the store and loaded up.You have to be careful as a lot of low fat foods are high sugar and a lot of low sugar foods are high fat.
I don't eat a lot of process foods at home so helps.I have added some veggies to grow in the garden this year that I normally don't grow.
Being so the wrap of the January costs was
$489.92 including the eating out AND I can tell you for fact the 89.92 is exactly what we paid that I had to add to my diet.