I kind of fell off of the bandwagon already. Thankfully I put all charges on the credit card or in the checkbook, so I can look them up easily enough.
The problem is I’m lazy. That is why I haven’t posted the totals yet, I didn’t want to take the time and effort necessary to hold myself accountable. Just keeping it real.
So today I decided to stop being lazy and just do it. If you recall I spent $281.51 the first week. You can see that post here.
Week 2 I spent $356.25. That post is here.
My week three total was $362.76. That post is here.
My week four total is $278.72. My week five total is $264.26.
These weekly totals make my month of January total for household and groceries to be $1543.50!!! That sure seems like a lot of money.
Now, lets analyze this a little further. We are a family of 9. We very rarely eat out. We have 3 teenage boys and a 12 year old boy who eats like a teenager 🙂 I pack a lunch for my husband most days and 6 kids pack their lunch 5 days a week. 3 meals a day is 21 meals a week. 31 days in January. So 31 days times 3 meals is 93 meals. Then there are the toiletries for 9. Let’s not forget school supplies, activities, contributions, etc. that are ever-present for students. We had a chess club contribution this month, Valentines, etc. It all adds up so quickly.
For a simple number I took the $1543.50 total and divided it by 31 days. It equaled $49.78 per day. This number is skewed somewhat as I will be out of town for a week and I have bought ahead so that there is plenty of food and supplies while I am gone. I also purchased some things specifically for my trip and they are included in the January total.
I guess my point is that I need a baseline to know where I am now. And I need a baseline to see if I can do any better in the future. I think I can. Time will tell.
So, my goal for February is to do better than January. I want to hold myself accountable so I hope to get my total down to below $45 per day. It should be very doable since I have bought ahead and will be gone for a week. So far I feel like I have already won part of the battle because for the first time I know what I’ve spent, so I have a number that I can improve on.
How about you, how are you doing with goals etc. this year? Are you achieving them? Are you fighting the laziness like I am? Do tell !