Amanda Stanhaus

Tag: groceries

Coupon

1. Redeemed for discounted groceries. 2. The fixed payment received semiannually from owning a coupon bond.

(Originally published on Amanda Stanhaus’s financial literacy vocab blog: XO, Bettie Vocab.)

 

Groceries are a must

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Food, a true necessity.

But, Brie with truffles is not the same as Kraft singles.  So, how much do I budget for groceries?

Wasting food makes me feel like a waste of space.

Pre- grocery list creation I try to think about the upcoming week.

How many lunch meetings? Potlucks? Will I be brunching? Cupcakes for a birthday party?

I used to have to make a budget according to food group. Fruits/Veggies and I were not besties. But we’ve reconciled our differences.

Now I budget according to meal time.

Breakfast=

Lunch =

Dinner=

Dessert=

I sometimes have to cheat and make some foods count for two meal times to stay within my budget.

I make it up to myself by filling my lunch box with my eggplant parmesan leftovers. Yum! I approve of only this kind of cheating.

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(Originally published on Amanda Stanhaus’s financial literacy blog: XO, Bettie.)

JARS

$50 Grocery. $10 Coffee. $5 Gum. By putting my $$ in jars, I hope to limit my spending in the jar’s category to only the $$ in the category’s jar. For visual learners…and spenders.

(Originally published on Amanda Stanhaus’s financial literacy vocab blog: XO, Bettie Vocab.)

Mint Trends

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My man and I have become a duo in the kitchen! He does the cooking and I do the baking.

Our new status is reflected in my trends on Mint. Groceries up! Restaurants down!

(click on the bold-faced vocab word:))

Plus, we’ve been having our friends over, who bring booze as a thank you.

No. Thank you! My spending at bars is down, too!
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I’ve never thought graphs were pretty till now.

See Mint’s trending feature for yourself!

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(Originally published on Amanda Stanhaus’s financial literacy blog: XO, Bettie.)

Buckets

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Mint created a budget for my bestie, Babe. But, it became a “it’s not you, it’s me…” situation. Babe likes her money where she can see it!

(click on the bold-faced vocab words:))

She’s now into JARS. She used the mint budget and literally put the $ budgeted into a mason jar labeled with the corresponding category.

JARS only lasted a week, till she found an even better catch.

Her niece wanted a piggy bank for her birthday.Babe proceeded to buy out the store.

Yep, now Babe has a herd holding her $$.

This little piggy for groceries, this little piggy for hair, this little piggy for drinks (out & about), this little piggy for drinks (at home), this little piggy for babette (her cat)  etc.. Once a piggy is empty, she is out of luck until paycheck time.

Meow :(

Always wanted a herd of piggies (sans manure)? Visual like Babe? Want a hard core budgeting system?

Try it! Keep me posted on your piggies’ progress!

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(Originally published on Amanda Stanhaus’s financial literacy blog: XO, Bettie.)