March 7 to 14, 2017
This winter continues to drag on. That wolf napping on the front porch is twitching in his sleep and I worry that he could wake up. Time to refocus our efforts and cut down on our expenses.
I made another batch of laundry soap and laundry softener. I also made a Blueberry Shrub using what I had on hand for the Food Mastery Challenge I am participating in. It is still steeping in the fridge and I can’t wait to try it. I hope I like it. This method of preserving fruit as a beverage has so much potential.
I completed an online gig. This was my first one in 2017 and I am grateful for the funds to replenish my grocery fund.
Speaking of groceries, I finally tallied up all the money we spent on groceries in February.
It didn’t look good.
The total: $444.00!
In my defense, we did have guests and we did splurge on some “adult beverages” while they were here. To further rationalize that seemingly high total, I would point out that,
Statistics Canada reports that the average Canadian household spends $241 per person on food each month. As a general rule, the Credit Counselling Society recommends that consumers allocate $200 to $250 per person for food every month.
Furthermore, according to the Provincial Health Services Authority, a family of 4 could expect to spend $989 a month in my areas so it is not unreasonable that the two of us could expect to budget $494.50 a month.
It does make me wonder how families who are really struggling keep food on the table.I am grateful that we were able to handle the cost – this time.
Despite what Statistic Canada and the Provincial Health Services Authority, we cannot keep spending that same amount every month. $494.50 is more than a third of my take-home pay! I need to jump back on the frugal grocery train – and fast.
Its hard to believe that at this time last year, there were snowdrops blooming in our yard and I was hanging out my laundry on the clothes line. However, I did hear a robin the other morning and it is raining today – maybe spring will eventually make an appearance.
How about you? How was your frugal week?