I normally budget $75 per month for grocery spending. However, I spent almost $71at the Sri Lankan store in August. I made up almost $49 of that in September and needed to make up the balance $22 in October. Therefore, my October regular grocery budget was $53 ($75-$22 = $53).
The prayer gathering budget was $300, since I budget $25/month for it. As I explained in a previous post, the amount was arrived at by allocating $1 per person for the approximately 25 people who used to be in the rosary group. Since last year, however, the group has shrunk a bit, although I invited 21 people this time (22 including me; some of the people I invited aren't in the regular rosary group, but they attend when I host). However, I didn't spend half of what I budgeted, so will be reconsidering the amount I budget for next year.
But here are the totals:
Prayer Gathering - Budget: $300
9/18: $4.49 for smoked sausage
9/27: $1.29 for 2 cans of mixed nuts
10/4: $10.97 for 2 whole chickens
10/7: $2.06 for 1 dozen eggs and 2 boxes of mint chocolates
Total Spent: $153.47
Balance to carry forward: $300 - $153.47 = $146.53
I spent a little over half what I had budgeted for the prayer gathering! I am sure this was because I used some items I already had on hand (such as the cashews) and I didn't have to buy any alcohol (again, I used what I had bought earlier and cousins brought more wine).
I am rather pleased with what I spent on the prayer gathering. I will use some of the balance leftover to augment my holiday budget, especially for baking supplies, etc., to replenish a few items that were used up and to stock up, and for more treats from the Sri Lankan store!
October Regular Groceries - Budget: $53
Week 1: $4.13 + $1.98 + $.61 = $6.72
Week 2: $5.94 + $12.04 + $3.85 + $6.56 = $28.39
Week 3 = $3.49 (of which $1.99 was for raspberries, some of which was used for the rosary dinner)
As of Week 3, I had spent: $4.13 + $1.98 + $.61 + $5.94 + $12.04 + $3.85 + $6.56 + $3.49 = $38.60
Balance left in the budget at end of Week 3 = $53 - $38.60 = $14.40
October Week 4 groceries:
|Oct. 29 Groceries|
|Oct. 29 Receipt|
My groceries came to $8.74.
October grocery spending: $4.13 + $1.98 + $.61 + $5.94 + $12.04 + $3.85 + $6.56 + $3.49 + $8.74 = $47.34
Balance left in the October grocery budget = $53 - $47.34 = $5.66
I had one of the sponge cakes and a banana when I came home from grocery shopping. Dinner was mac&cheese!
I have made up the $71 I overspent in August and I will be carrying forward $5.66 into November.
How did you do with your October grocery budget?