|I'm new to this forum though, so someone explain exactly how it works. Can you buy bread, fruit, and other perishables?|
|This is probably showing my ignorance, but... if i mash potatoes and freeze them will they have the same texture as before and taste the same?|
I just did my budget, and I have $150 to last until 15 January*. (I get paid at the end of the month, but that is already earmarked for rent.)
I absolutely HAVE to stick to my budget. I never want to be cutting things that close again. (Granted, I have been "off-budget" because of car repairs, but still...)
(*If I wait until 15 January to pay my daughter's KinderKare tuition, I have $300, but the tuition will be late, and I really want to start the New Year caught up with her tuition. WWYD?)
I definately need a no-spend month! ...2007 is a new year...this time I will stick to it! (Since I know EnglishRose IRL, we'll be partners for this little project. )
I know that I will feel much more secure when my bills are caught up and there is a comma in my savings account balance, so I can use all the support I can get.
1) Make a meal plan each Friday evening for the following week, based primarily around what is already in the cupboards.
2) Budget $50 per week for everything. (Groceries, toiletries, et cetera) Shop with a calculator, and anything over $50 goes back on the shelf.
3) Pay tithing, bills, and savings. SPEND NOTHING ELSE.
Okay. I am gearing up for this. Am I allowed one final trip to the store before the first? What are you guys stocking up on? I haven't been to the store in two weeks (usually I go at least every week), so I am low on some things. I want to start the month out with some stuff. I think I will just make my weekly meal plan as per usual, and then rely on my pantry the rest of the month. Then, I will only get produce and milk. I'm planning to use the 10 items or less checkout like some of the pp's. I am excited and nervous. Dh is doubting that I can do this! But I'll show him!