I have tried to be as frugal as possible this week and cut out all non-essential spending.
I have cooked meals at home all week.
I made pancake sausage muffins for Alfred to take to work so he wouldn't buy junky snacks, thus spending money.
I made the kids Pumpkin Chocolate Chip muffins, doubling the recipe. When I ran out of muffin papers I poured the rest of the batter into a baking pan & made bars.
Thankfully it has warmed up from last week's ice storm so I have turned off the central heat/air for the time being.
I came in under budget this week while grocery shopping. I budget $125/week for our family of 5 (including pets, toiletries, etc.). I spent $112.11.
I designate $10/week in the grocery budget to stocking up. This week it was tuna. They had Starkist Tuna 4 packs on sale for $2.49. I bought four packages which I hid because the kids would gobble them up! ;D
I had two non-essential purchases this week. I bought 2 gifts for Christmas regular price would have been $43.60, but they were on sale for 50% off plus I had $9 in ECB from CVS. I spent $13.37 out of pocket.
My other non-essential purchase was on books. I bought three used books from Amazon for $12 but used two $5 Amazon gift cards I've earned through Swagbucks so I only spent $2 out of pocket.
We had simple meals. Homemade chili, cheesy potato soup, and chicken and dumplings, etc.
Would have been nice to have had crackers with the chili but there were no more in the pantry so we did without them.
I Spring cleaned the master bathroom, decluttered and reorganized. It looks so much better. The more I release all the things we don't need and use, the lighter I feel.
Earned $1.90 sent through SavingStar.com.