Saturday, February 2, 2013

RoundUp: Park Household

Well on the first day of Feburary we did eat out.  Nathan went to his coveted Tim Hortons and had a donut.  He was so happy and it was so delicious.

All in all we did fairly well.  With two incidences through the month.  The first was when I went to the movies and had popcorn.  Movie popcorn is irresistible.  And then this week I had to go to Medicine Hat for a student and stay over night.  Well I ate out then too.  Darryl suggested I get a frozen dinner or cook something in the coffee maker, but I enjoyed a delicious dinner out.

Thanks everyone for participating and for lots of new good ideas and recipes. It was a hard month, but if I remember correctly it usually is.  But it does get me in the routine of planning ahead.  Having snacks in the car is important as well as bring snacks where ever we go.  It probably where we spend most of our eating out money.  When we aren't prepared but hungry.  Not very often do we "plan" to eat out.  It happens more out of hunger and necessity. 

One interesting thing of note is Darryl and I use Mint.  It's an online/app money management system.  I LOVE it!  Keeps all your banking together and helps you manage a budget.  When we first signed up it looked at average spending and set a budget for us.  If you are looking for a new way to manage your money I highly recommend it.  One of the interesting things about it is that our budget for Coffee Shops (which includes my Davids Tea) is 120$, Fast Food is 140 and Restaurants is 120$.  So in total last month we saved: $380.  That's huge.  And I did spend 39$ extra on groceries but still that's lots of money saved.


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