After looking at our finances over the last month or so, I have decided we need to rework the jars a bit more. So here’s our updated rework:
Groceries: $300.00 ~ This hasn’t changed since the last rework. We are trying to be frugal and pretty much come in under $300 a week for a family of 10 and a dog.
Transportation: $120.00 ~ This has moved up a bit to take into account the huge increase in gas since last time I did the budget.
Clothing & Gifts: $20.00 ~ Up from $10.00. It’s also more expensive to clothe the kids. We go to thrift stores like Value Village and Talize, but it’s harder to find clothes for the 10-year-olds…they are in that in between stage. We don’t delve into this jar on a weekly basis.
Entertainment: $5.00 ~ stayed the same, we try and do a lot of free stuff
Everything else: $15.00 ~ stayed the same as well.
That’s a total of $460.00 per week for variable expenses. So far we’ve still got all the entertainment, clothing and gifts, and everything else money left. I filled up my car for the week and gave the rest to Shane.
We also went to the farmer’s market, and grocery shopping and we have approximately $45 left in the grocery jar. All we will need to buy is about 3 more bags of milk for the rest of the week. Any excess for the next few weeks will be put away for our vacation.
I am feeling lots better!