So last month I trialled a month of recording every single thing we bought as a family of five and setting budgets for each area we spend that’s not a set bill basically. I wrote about some ideas to save money on ‘Sticking to a Grocery Budget – top ten bloggers tips’ and the results at the end of the four weeks were not terrible but not great either! We overspent by £50 which obviously I wasn’t happy about but I reckon we whack much more than that on the credit card most months when we’re completely oblivious to what we spend. So a learning curve for all of us as we really became aware of everything we spend money on plus the things we’d really like to buy but simply can’t afford as those were cut out last month !!!
So that was April….now payday has arrived thank God (those last few days weren’t easy!) and I’m looking at when the next payday is…which is a whole extra week longer in May…so FIVE long weeks to get through. We couldn’t manage in four weeks, how are we going to do five? Help!
My budget breaks down into six categories which are food/groceries (including washing powder, toilet roll, kids medicines, shampoo etc), petrol, clothes, vets/pets meds, car parking/public transport and misc/extras like haircuts, soft play entry, coffee and kids classes, toys etc. The overspend in April was mainly on food so I’ve got to find cheaper ways to feed two adults and three kids on a vegan diet throughout May plus save money on toiletries etc. So I’d love to hear your Super Savvy Vegan ideas and your recipes which are mega cheap but tasty too! Stick your comments underneath or join in the discussion in my Facebook group ….and help us make it through five long weeks! Thanks my lovelies x