Mothering Forum banner

1 - 7 of 7 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
302 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
DH is in charge of paying the bills but gives me a set amount to buy food, clothes, gas, personal items, stuff for the kids and anything else. What could you all live on in one month if you were in my situation ? I do pay for medical expenses like dental and dog food. I just don't pay any utilities, phone, cable mortgage , insurance or anything bill related. I hope this is not too vague.<br>
Philia
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
3,064 Posts
We need a little more information. How old are the kids? A BF baby is going to not eat anything (not directly, anyways!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">), while a 5 yo will eat "real food."<br><br>
How much driving are you doing? Do you have to take kids to preschool/school/other activities?<br><br>
Do you try to buy everything organic? Do you know how to cook?<br><br>
These are all questions that need to be answered so we have a better idea.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
437 Posts
I think information as to how many people in the family that you are feeding and how many pets, etc? How often do you buy new clothes and are they new or used? What is your usual grocery budget a week or a month? When it comes to medical expenses is that everything that's medical, for instance someone gets sick needs medication and your copays are $25.. as an example, you're responsible to have the $ left in what he gives you to pay that? You said dental, someone needs a root canal or a bridge and it's $600, is that $ you need to have saved out of what he gives you every month so that if an expense such as that comes up is something you're responsible for. Medical is a big thing for me, my son was just in the hospital for 4 days, he's got no insurance and he's 20 years old. He was in ICU and when he came home his prescriptions cost $424. I had to scrape the $ together to buy them because they were a necessity and unfortunately I live hand to mouth so something went without getting paid to cover that expense.<br><br>
Maybe a breakdown of what you get and or want him to give you and exactly what you're responsible for would help. Are you also responsible for buying gifts for special events out of the $ he gives you as well or does that come from a separate pile?
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
536 Posts
It really will vary. To give you some idea, here is our non billed budget. This is for myself, DH and a 2 year old. This is for one month.<br><br>
Discretionary: $50<br>
Gifts: $40<br>
Misc: $50 (this is like Target, household stuff)<br>
Entertainment: $75<br>
Clothing: $50<br>
Gas: $175<br>
Food: $320<br>
Christmas Fund: $25<br>
Vacation Fund: $25
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
6,405 Posts
here's my budget for myself and my 2 kids in Los Angeles. I get reduced gas and electricity for low income. Anything extra (medical co-pays, car repairs, clothing, etc) get paid as needed or out of extra paychecks (I get child support every 2 weeks so there's 2 months where there's an extra check) or whatever is left after everything else, I don't have the regular income to budget for them.<br><br>
RENT - $1,275<br>
electricity - $30<br>
gas - $30<br>
water/refuse - $40 - $50<br>
phone - $30<br>
cellular - $60<br>
car loan - $450<br>
car insurance - $160<br>
groceries - $400 - $600<br>
gasoline - $100 - $150<br>
pet food & litter (3 cats) - $80<br>
babysitting (30 hrs a week for 4 yr old) - $600<br>
NetFlix - $20<br>
Disney Annual Passport - $20
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
302 Posts
Discussion Starter · #6 ·
I read the $900.00 a month on food post and it has helped me a lot. I like the idea of freezing hamburger meat and chicken and waiting to make another run to the grocery until you have nothing to make for dinner. I need to learn to buy my meat in larger quantities and freeze it. I wish we could elaborate even more on that post . I learned so much and it helped me. Do any of you have any more ideas on taking a whole rotisseri chicken and using it for two meals? What quick and easy meals can be made from using one of these chickens ? I usually let the kids eat half and then make a pasta dinner with it. I love buying those chickens at Whole Foods. I know this sounds basic but what type of crust do you buy for homemade pizza ? What type of sauce do you use. I have Kroger, whole foods, and meier here. What type of freezer bag do you all use ?<br>
Philia
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
3,064 Posts
<div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
<div class="smallfont" style="margin-bottom:2px;">Quote:</div>
<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">
<div>Originally Posted by <strong>philia</strong> <a href="/community/forum/post/13274346"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a></div>
<div style="font-style:italic;">I read the $900.00 a month on food post and it has helped me a lot. I like the idea of freezing hamburger meat and chicken and waiting to make another run to the grocery until you have nothing to make for dinner. I need to learn to buy my meat in larger quantities and freeze it. I wish we could elaborate even more on that post . I learned so much and it helped me. Do any of you have any more ideas on taking a whole rotisseri chicken and using it for two meals? What quick and easy meals can be made from using one of these chickens ? I usually let the kids eat half and then make a pasta dinner with it. I love buying those chickens at Whole Foods. I know this sounds basic but what type of crust do you buy for homemade pizza ? What type of sauce do you use. I have Kroger, whole foods, and meier here. What type of freezer bag do you all use ?<br>
Philia</div>
</td>
</tr></table></div>
The rotisserie chickens are expensive. If you have a crockpot, just put the entire chicken in it, breast side up, with a cup of water, some salt & pepper. Put on low 8-10 hours. Voila! Chicken with minimal effort!<br><br>
Make chicken soup. Use water, bullion or canned stock. Add cut up carrots, onion, celery. Bring to a boil and turn down to simmer, cook until veggies are as you like them. Add parsley, salt & pepper, some cooked chicken. Add noodles or rice. Bring to a boil again and simmer until chicken is heated through and noodles/rice are as you like them.<br><br>
Second meal: mix cooked shredded chicken with taco seasoning and a little water, add some salsa if you like. Heat through. Use as taco filling.<br><br>
You can also use cooked chicken to make chicken salad for sandwiches. Use carcass of chicken to make stock.<br><br>
Even an organic raw chicken should be less than an already prepared one from Whole Foods!<br><br>
You can find pizza dough near the canned biscuits in the refrigerated section. Spaghetti sauce works quite well as pizza sauce, or combine canned plain tomato sauce with a few Italian herbs.<br><br>
Freezer bags are freezer bags. The box is marked as such. Storage bags are thinner. Freezer bags are thicker. You want Ziplock type ones, but the generic store brand ones work just fine and are usually cheaper.
 
1 - 7 of 7 Posts
Top