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$20 Weekly Budget: Week 3

Week 3 has been a tough one.  Mostly because I at this point in the month, the things I have been putting off are starting to catch up with me.  I needed to mail a package that had been sitting on my kitchen table since.. I don't know when.   I am learning that $20 is the bare minimum I need to live on without including anything extra. $20 basically covers perishable food and nothing else.  So what happens when extra costs pop up?  I knew it was going to be ugly.

So here is how the costs broke down this week.  I am sad to report that this week I went into the red. 

Sunday: $0

Monday: $10.39 at the Post Office  (OUCH!)

Tuesday: $0

Wednesday: $11.13 at the Farmer's Market
Whole Wheat Bread: $0.99
1 lb Oatmeal: $1.05
5 lbs Potatoes: $1.50
3 Pints Blackberries: $2.31
4 Apples: $1.25
2 Oranges: $0.51
Celery: $0.88
1 lb Cheddar Cheese: $2.69

At this point I am already over budget by $3 but have run out of milk and I know I cannot make it to Sunday without it.  I decided to "overdraw my account" and start next week with even less money.

Thursday: $4.59 at Costco for 2 gallons of milk

Friday: $0

Saturday: $0

So next week I am already starting off $6.11 in the hole AND my car is in desperate need of gas.

Nobody said this was going to be easy.  At this point I just want this experiment to end. I have a new appreciation for people who live on a really tight budget.  It really is life changing. 

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