August wasn’t a great month for us budget-wise. We spent more of our “discretionary” income than we should have.
We did get a new chest freezer, which will help us stockpile and save on our energy costs. I’d also been desperately trying to finish my twins’ first year scrapbooks, and ended up having to buy THREE rounds of ink cartridges this month to print out all the pages (yes, I was that behind). I love my printer, but man, is it an ink hog!
On a more positive note, we did eat out a lot less in August than we had been. I attribute this to two things: being broke, and the fact that my husband went back to his teaching gig, so we haven’t had as much time.
I’m proudest of the fact that I didn’t spend very much money on household items or personal care items this month… only about 1/3 of what I spent the month before. I have a pretty big stockpile of stuff right now, and plan to make that last awhile.
My total coupon savings for the month was $182.44. Not too shabby. Thanks to the great coupons in the All You magazine from Walmart, I was able to get a quite a few things for free.
I was also able to sell a few things via eBay, and we got a few rebate checks from previous purchases.
This month will mark the first full month my husband is back at work, so my goals are to work on cooking more and eating out less, and to better organize my stockpile so that I can keep track of what I have. I also plan to list a few baby Halloween costumes and winter clothing. I am also going to try taking some of the kids clothing to a consignment shop to see if I like that better than eBay.
How was your August? What kinds of goals have you set for September?