Week 5 : Monday October 5th to Sunday October 12
We start out each Monday with $160 in cash for groceries.
This week was a little funky and Mr. A totally blew the budget due in part to finding a great deal on lunchmeat and had to stock up. 16 ounces of sliced ham, which regularly runs $5.99 a package, and occasionally goes on sale for $2.99, marked down to $1.49. He had $60 left, but the bill came to $74, so he opted to use his debit card.
He planned to hold onto the cash and not buy any more groceries until we start again.
Here’s how we did up until Friday:
I’m not sure what happened after that, except Mr. A said he got confused because he spent cash on birthday gifts, so he thought he had money left for groceries.
I added a new category to track – EatingOut. This is for the occasion when Mr. A doesn’t have anything to bring for lunch for the day (normally he’s very good at taking a sack lunch) and uses grocery cash for lunch.
Snack category is high due to a birthday celebration.
The plan for Week 6 is to stay within the remaining $82 for the week.
Here are my other posts on the cash method saga.
Week 1 Cash System for Groceries – September 15th. In this post I recount the week, and found myself incorporating some frugal moves to stay within budget.
Week 2 Cash System for Groceries – September 22nd. We run out of money early and decide to borrow from next week’s grocery money.
Week 3 Cash System for Groceries – September 29th. We had less money to work with due to last week’s overspending, but we did it!