Progress...not perfection. Progress...not perfection.
I said I wasn't going to stock up on stuff this past month, that I'd just buy stuff we 'needed'. My focus - the grocery/household/toiletries budget.
Then, along came a sale where I got some stuff free with coupons. It is stuff we use (sour cream, Frank's Red Hot sauce, Cattlemen's BBQ sauce, etc.) so I did do some stocking up. There was also a sale/coupon combo where I got 10 oz. packages of smoked sausage or bratwurst for a quarter each. Got those too - ten of them, for the freezer. I got 7 lb. of Purina cat food for Mr. Morton, with coupons, for 32 cents. He already had some, so technically, he didn't 'need' it.
However, I did spend less this month. Our budget for this stuff is $180 a month, and at the end of the month, I had $64.47 left. I was more careful about buying stuff 'just to stock up', and it made a difference! So I'm going to do it again this month. I'm rat-holeing $60 of this month's money too. It should be totally do-able, with all the produce from the garden. And when the Fall order for nuts, seeds, dry fruit and snacks comes up with the co-op, we'll have the $$ ready!
How are you doing with not spending? What is your challenge for August?