$99.40 is the total I spent on groceries for the month of February. I'm happy with that. My goal is to spend no more than $100 a month and so I just made it. What is so strange to me is that even though I'm spending less than half of what I normally would, I have more food in the house and we are eating better than ever before. I have to hand it to the blog for this because of the accountability factor. Another thing I've noticed this month is that things are getting easier, or maybe I should say things are falling into a groove. Before if I was missing an ingredient for a dish, I'd run to the market and get it. I'm just not doing that these days. I improvise or just wait. I would always run into a store for one thing and come out with 3 or 4 or more even. That added substantially to my grocery bill and oftentimes led to waste. Another thing is that I feel we are eating a lot healthier. Eating fresh food prepared at home just can't be beat. At times even the best restaurants disappoint. So again, win win. I haven't been tempted to buy much of anything either. I hope that continues. Our overall goal is to pay off the mortgage in 5 years so we are now 3 months closer to that. I know it seems like an eternity away and lots of things can go wrong that would derail us but staying the course is the only way this is going to happen. I have to stay focused and that's where the blog is helping the most. Lots of you have sent me your grocery receipts and say you are motivated too for lots of different reasons, that in turn inspires me to keep going.
During the month of March I'd like to continue the grocery shopping accountability but I will be posting the receipts at the end of the week. That way if we were to be out of town I won't be announcing it to the world beforehand. You know what I mean? Also, during March my goal/hope is to do a series on organizing the house. A lot of you have asked for that and I will do my best to deliver.
So have a decent weekend and see you soon.