So I mentioned on here before how I am a little stressed about money. Last week Nick and I sat down to rework the budget. Most of our bills had increased, and with the new IVF bill on our plate we realized this wasn't something we could just roll with and make little adjustments. We realized that over the last two months we have had to find....wait for it...an extra four hundred dollars in our budget. Yes. Four hundred dollars. A month.
So we started cutting. First thing that had to go were the "let's eat out because I don't feel like cooking" meals. We just can't do it. We did leave a cheap meal out and a nice meal out every pay period, but that's it. The rest we need to eat at home. We still each have our spending money for lunches out if we want them, but that is up to us. We had to reduce the amount we put in savings, readjust the amounts that go into the Christmas and gift accounts, and a few other little things...but the big one, the big money saver, had to come from the grocery store.
We currently spend about $250 every time we go to the store. Then go back and spend another $50 or so over the two week period. This $600 a month needed to be cut down...to $400. This seems like a reasonable amount for a family of two, but at the same time seems IMPOSSIBLE. Still, we were going to try. We made a menu and a list of what we actually needed. I actually clipped coupons! So yesterday we went to the store. And we were worried...worried it was not possible to honestly buy what we needed and keep it at $150. We still bought extras. Ice cream, chips, 100 calorie packs. Things that weren't on the list, but that I knew we wanted and would eat. We got cleaning things we needed and cat litter...it was a regular trip to the grocery. Just a trip with a plan. And the grand total...$149.17. I am really starting to think this might actually be possible!