Friday, July 03, 2009

Getting Frugal

Well, with my darling spouse out of work and us navigating the unemployment mine field for the first time, it occurred to me that even though I'm pretty good with a budget, there's no doubt we're going to have to cut some things out.

Necessities, of course, will take the top of the list in priorities every month--i.e. house payment, student loan payments, groceries, utilities, medications, etc. There's no way to prioritize those items, because let's face the end of the day, as a mother, I can't choose between giving my daughter a good meal and giving her the medication she needs. They're equally important.

There's definitely some "fat" we can trim starting next month, mainly in the way of things like cable, going out to eat, etc.

Today we decided to indulge a little bit for the 4th of July holiday weekend, knowing full well it's going to be a while until we do any kind of indulging again. We went to Dominick's (where we usually don't shop because the prices are a bit high) and found out that there were some smokin' sales. We bought almost 6 pounds of bananas, a huge watermelon, cheddarwursts (for grilling tomorrow), some breakfast sausage and enough fixings for me to bring lunch every day next week for work. We splurged and bought some ice-cream, too, which is a nice treat.

Total amount spent: $38.68

Total amount saved: $32.30

Total savings: 46%

Not too shabby, eh?

1 comment:

Cheryl said...

Savings like that would have made my day!

Happy 4th!