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$20 Weekly Budget: Week 1 Results

Week 1 of the $20/week challenge went okay.  My week starts on Sunday and runs through Saturday.  Here is how $20 broke down.

Sunday: $0
Monday: $0

Tuesday: $4.59 for 2 gallons of milk at Costco.
Normally we drink both whole and skim milk in our house. I would either buy 2 gallons at the grocery store for about $3.19/each or buy 4 gallons at Costco. (Since Costco only sells milk in 2-packs) However, this week we are all drinking skim milk.

Wednesday: $1.24 for 4 boxes of cereal and a 6 pack of toilet paper at Walgreens
Yes, I only paid $1.24, thanks to last week's printable cash back coupons. General Mills cereals were on sale 4 for $10 plus you got a $3 coupon for your next visit. Charmin Toilet Paper was on sale $3.99 for 6 double rolls plus I had a 50c off coupon.  I had 2-$6 off coupons from previous purchases so my out of pocket cost was $1.24 PLUS I have a $3 coupon to spend next week

$11.45 at the Farmers Market
3/4 lb Oatmeal (bulk): $0.73
1 lb Granola (bulk): $1.91
1 lb baby carrots: $.99
2 packs Strawberries: $3
4 Apples: $1.21
3 Tangelos $0.73
3 Green Peppers: $1
Leaf Lettuce: $0.88
3 Large Potatoes: $1.10


Saturday: $1.05 for one can of white high gloss spray paint at Home Depot
We went to Home Depot because it was the Kids Workshop and both J and E love to pound a few nails and take home a free DIY project (today was a birdhouse) and I knew I had about $3 left for the week.  I really wanted Rustoleum brand but that was $3.67 a can (plus tax) so I had to go with the 97 cent Quik Color.  (The big project reveal for that spray paint is coming up this week!)


I actually have $1.67 for next week!!!

For me the hardest part of the week was the big adjustment to not stop for a latte at the drive-thru every time I went out and about, and I was a lot more aware of the fact that I *HAD* to have a meal on the table every night.  There wasn't enough money to go out to eat on a whim.  But once I psychologically adjusted, I did okay. I am pretty sure it is going to get harder as the weeks go on because this week we ate A LOT of food out of our pantry.  Once the pasta and frozen chicken breasts are gone, it is going to be a lot more difficult.

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  1. I am amazed. I don't know how i would do that, plus my pantry is pretty bare. How long do you think you can last on your pantry stockpile? will you up your amount then?

  2. Neat idea. You should put that money that you AREN'T spending in a savings account.

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