My average for April was $43.23 per week and am down to $50.80 per week for the year. If I get my average down to $50 versus the $50.80 I will save an additional $41.60.
I am doing better than I expected but I was out of town for a week and that did help. Doing so well this month means I only have to keep my budget below $49.50 per week to reach my goal of spending less then $50 on average per week. That is more than I thought I we be able to spend, coming off March.
However, I did not start my garden because of a late snowfall. I will be starting this weekend. I did grab a basil plant and eating fresh basil has been lovely. We need to plant lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, cilantro, red onions and jalapenos. I cannot wait till the apple tree and blackberry bushes start giving off fruit. We consider the garden expenses part of our food budget so that may increase our expenses this month we expect to save some money by gardening.
I am swinging by the WIR grocery hounds a little more than I used to, especially with Wegmans deciding to only change their sales every other week. This means I do not have to check the blogs for Wegmans except every other week. This will save me some time but I wonder if it will end up costing me some money. Tops Market has not had many deals in the last two weeks but the two weeks prior it had quite a few. The ebb and flow of deals is to be expected and that is why I stockpile when I can.
By reaching out to others this lifestyle change is easier than I thought it would be. We still struggle with this change but it is not as hard as I thought it would be.