April Budget Recap

When I set out to make a strict budget for the first half of the year, I had no idea my family would be buying a new house. That change has made a difference on our financials, which I will go more in to later but I'm thankful I have this post to keep me accountable. I haven't done a great job about budgeting, but this monthly reminder keeps me focused on trying to do better and not going in to a dark hole of debt.

Budget: $200
Spent: $235

I thought I was going to spend a lot of money on clothing for the Mom 2.0 blogger conference I attended in April, but I only ended up buying 3 dresses. 1 dress was from H&M and it was free because I had a gift card, and the other two dresses were pricier but I had PayPal credit so I only ended up paying around $100 out of pocket. My mom did buy me this set from FreePeople which I also wore to the conference. The other clothing expenses were matching swimsuits for Whitney and I, and dress clothes for Turner and Alex for a wedding.

My goal for May is not purchase any clothing for myself. My kids all have swimsuits and spring clothes, so honestly I don't think any of us need clothes. I have a huge ThredUp bag in my closet I'm currently filling up, and I've been donating to Goodwill like crazy!

Budget: $375
Spent: $929

"WHOA!" That's what I said when I saw our total spend on eating out in April. I mean I knew it was going to be high because of our move during April, but dang it's crazy to think we spent almost a $1,000 eating out. Think about how much we could save if we ate at home for every meal?! We are moved in and unpacking but we're still not eating at home as much as we would like. We have the kitchen of my dreams, but it doesn't change the fact that I am NOT a fan of cooking. I'd rather scrub a toilet than cook. I would love your go-to recipes that are simple and yummy! What are your weeknight go-to meals?

I'm contemplating starting to use HEB Curbside for groceries as the store is HUGE and I hate walking around because I always forget something that is on the opposite side. Do you use a grocery delivery service or go the traditional route and shop yourself in store?

Photos by Madeline Harper

To be honest most of our money is going to home stuff... storage, furniture and other random things like lightbulbs. I need to freeze my husband's Amazon account because everyday I come home to something he ordered. First on my list are rugs, outdoor furniture, dining room table, sideboard and stools for our island. I know it won't happen over night (or I would be in debt), so I'm trying to take it slow and collect items I love. I'm always checking Craiglist and local thrift stores for finds as well!

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kelsey williams said...

I think you and I are very similar as far as cooking goes :) We use the Walmart grocery app for ordering and picking up groceries (it's free - you just have to spend $30), and Wildtree meal kits to create freezer meals that are yummy and easy to make after we get home from work. Let's just say 3:30-5:30 pm is not my favorite time of day :)

Lisa Lynne said...

I use Walmart’s curbside pickup service (grocery.walmart.com). So easy, no tipping or service charge, just have to order a $30 minimum. I order one weekday evening and pick it up on my way home from work the next day. It’s a lifesaver and you don’t have to walk the aisles and fight the crowds. I love it. :)

Lisa Lynne said...

Another idea... on Sundays, have Alex help you grill up a bunch of diff meats (hamburger patties, chicken, bbq chicken, pork chops, etc). That way you can just heat it up during the week and heat up a veggie or two on top of the stove, have fresh fruit/veggies (strawberries, cherry tomatoes, sliced cucumbers...).

Kaitlyn Zolli said...

Stir fry! Stir fry is our go to! Super easy, super fast, and you can get a ton of veggies packed in! I will say I enjoy cooking but my husband works nights so our schedule is tight most days and we need to have quick meals to make it work so we’ve developed a handful of staple meals. Stir fry is my favorite but stuffed squash boats are good or burgers. I buy family packs of meat, separate it into burgers or meatballs and then pack it for the freezer. Easy to pop how however many you need and cook them up quick.

Sarah N said...

Girl, use the HEB curbside. You’ll never go back! It helps me stay on budget since I can see the total as I add things to the cart and then I’m not tempted to grab a bunch of crap I don’t really need! It’s also started to force me to meal plan now that we’re tightening down the budget even more. And I’m the same as you, not a fan of cooking but we’re saving from not eating out as much!

David said...

Hello there! This post couldn’t be written any better! Reading this post reminds me of my previous roommate! He always kept talking about this...