Wednesday, January 14
The Quest - Part 1 - Minty Fresh?
OK! I've decided to dramatically cut my food budget, and one step I'm taking that is helping (or I'm very much hoping that it will really help) make this easier for me is:
Mint.com - I added the App to my iPhone (but you can totally use this w/o an iPhone - don't use this as an excuse to not try it if you need help!) & can access it easily from your home computer.
It sets up your budget, you load in ALL your credit cards, all your checking accounts, even saving accounts & investments and it tracks everything for you & gathers updates on activity & transactions directly from your banks, so there's almost NO lame, time-sucking data entry!
I LOVE it! It sends email alerts warning you of large purchases & deposits, and when bills are due, but the BEST thing so far (for me in the quest of lowering my grocery budget) is it warns you when you are over your set budget amount!!! It even tells you what you normally spend!
Isn't that great! I really thing this is going to help me stay on track with my spending.
So far, this month I've only spent $23 on Groceries, my budget is set at $350....if you've met me, you KNOW this is nothing short of a miracle! The old me was notorious for WAY overspending on groceries (and then letting at least half of the produce rot in the fridge while we ate out every other night!)
This month after the first week (that was still 'the Holidays' & we lived it up!), we set a "no eating out" rule & my DS/DH have been pretty darn supportive. We've been tempted, but have stayed the course, which makes me so proud, it's SO empowering to think we are actually capable of this! Woo Hoo!
- Santa Susana, Ventura County, CA, United States
- Me? Well....I have a day job selling travel to beautiful far away lands, and I love to travel - my job sort of supports & feeds the 'travel monster' inside me. But my other inner monster is: food in all it's facets. I have a 13 yr old DS from a previous life, and married the lovely JoeBacon a three years ago! I finally became a home-owner at that point, we did a huge addition/re-model right away to make the house a bit bigger & I got a wonderful new kitchen out of the deal! I've gone thru Culinary School twice (mostly for fun) 'cuz I love to cook! And thru reading/doing the Maker's Diet 2 years ago, became aware of Sally Fallon, Weston Price, etc...and now after about 9 months of exploring their world, I'm trying to really make it all part of mine. I've had some things turn out great & others have been miserable failures, but I'm learning a LOT (mostly from my fellow NT Bloggers)!! Now I'm enjoying my yard, garden, sprouting, baking bread, brewing Kombucha, using raw milk, making Kefir & Yogurt & just trying to find small ways to make yummy food better for us.