This week I entered our budget on my computer program's spreadsheet (Microsoft Works Monthly Home Budget). This has proven a much better option to pen and paper as I can do a little fudging with the numbers much easier than erasing and correcting the paper version. Also, at the beginning of the month I can enter a minimum (fixed) salary amount ... and in the next column enter the actual salary after payday. This is very helpful for people that have fluctuation in their monthly pay. I set the budget on the minimum fixed amount so I know the least amount of money to budget. It's a blessing when I can go back later and enter the actual salary and fatten up some of the categories if we get more income.
We're in the final stretch of April. I have exactly $50 grocery money to last to the end of the month. I think this is doable! This means our family of four (often 5 & 6 from son and grandson) survived on $370 worth of whole food groceries ... a family record! Do you keep track of spending? It's amazing how much more aware you become when you have a budget worksheet to keep you on track.
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