I have never formally participated in anything like this, but we do often just eat out of the pantry and freezer. We have a deep pantry that I keep pretty full and a deep freeze that also stays full. We are pretty well spent out right now because of Christmas and the El Salvador trip, so this is great!.
Most people are trying to spend about half of what they normally spend so I will go with that. I normally spend about $500.00 a month at the store, so this month I will go with $250.00. That includes household and grocery items. I will, however, stock up on bargains when I find them, I just won't be spending as much on food items that are not necessary.
Last night I went to CVS and did my first shopping of the year. This is what I got:
I spent $13.50 out of pocket and I got a $10.00 gift card back. I was so glad that the toilet paper went on sale because we were down to the last pack that I got on sale last year. I used coupons and some extra bucks that I had to bring the cost down. The skinny cows were almost free. They came just in time as I have started a new weight loss program.
So, I have spent $13.50 and that leaves me with $236.50 left for the month!