Well so for the 4 day weekend we spent $759.03 total. That includes gas, groceries, and eating out. The VRBO our share was $710. That means for four days we spend $1470. Ouch. Well that's how the cookie crumbles. Mostly it was staying with people who spend like there is no tomorrow. Like I told DH it solidified why I normally don't stay in VRBO with people. First time and probably last time. Our sleeping habits has always been the reason and it still was a problem. We like to stay up late and wake up late and roll on out of the house late. So I'm good. We spent $562 on food for 4 days and came home with a ton of food that we would never have bought and wasted at that price. It's fine I'm okay but I would not have been buying foil, saran wrap, paper towels, paper plates, etcs all stuff we paid top $ for from the grocery instead of bringing from bulk from costco at home. Like I said I am not cool with wasting money or food. Lesson learned.
So our spending for the month. This month we aren't doing as detailed grocery posts but I am tracking overall spending.
Eating out $26.69
Home Maintenance $14.90
Personal Care $35.27
Home Goods $77.13
Services $180 (cleaner $120, Yard $60)
Amazon $211 ($121 sound channel, $36 Birthday Presents, $54 Battery pack and chargers)
Kids $173.49 ($135 piano lessons, bike helmet)
Clothing $99 (3 lucky jeans will return 2 after they come)
=$2526.19, trying to keep our spending under $4000 for the month.
Our rough budget is
$10,900 Net Income
-$1000 Property Taxes
-$1000 Roth IRA
-$750 Sink Funds
While saving the extra 2 paychecks a year. That's what we did with the extra paycheck. Considering we are 8 days in and we've spent 58% it's not looking good. Goal is to not spend more than $100 on groceries and I need to rein in DH from spending on amazon and online on crap he wants for shed and house. We have another $100 next week for Dog Vet Visit. And registering kids for a summer camp.
But I'm meal planning through the next week. I bought $61 rib roast on tuesday that will be for Sunday. I am making butter chicken tomorrow and pulled out my hambone soup to eat. We are eating sandwiches for the next few days. Monday I need to make 2 lasagna (giving one to DH's cousin when I pick her up from airport Monday night). I plan on making japanese beef curry next wednesday with stuff we have. I also have to make yogurt and beef keema next friday. I'm thinking I just need $75 of fruits and veggies in the next week maybe. I have so much bread right now that sandwiches are on the agenda for awhile for lunches for kids. I also still have a lot in freezer to eat through.