When I started my budget, it gave me a weekly $20 food allowance. This is cash that I can only use for food and groceries. Once it is gone, it is gone. If I run out but have other money available I can use that, but I have to decide whether or not I want to use that money on more food or save it to use on something else. Over the years my food allowance has fluctuated as high as $30/ week. Currently, it is sitting at $25/week. I have developed a bunch of strategies and tips that help me stay within budget each week.
Hello there! I hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving and don’t have to do too much work this weekend.
I had a lovely Thanksgiving and am so grateful for friends, family and Pokémon Sun and Moon. I may have even seen a shaymin on the way home Thursday night. ;)
I am also really grateful that I didn’t have to use a separate Thanksgiving budget this year. That’s right; I was able to buy everything I needed for Thanksgiving this year using my regular food budget.
Let me give you some background. My daily life budget breaks down each week’s paycheck to tell me where that money will go. Each week I give myself $30 for groceries and food.
During past Thanksgivings I had a "special budget" for the holiday, but only in my mind. In reality, I just used my credit cards to pay for whatever food I wanted to prepare. "It’s a holiday and I should be able to spend whatever I want to in order to enjoy it."
However this year it was different! I used actual cash money! (well, cash on a debit card) And I was able to purchase all of my supplies while buying my regular groceries. Here are the three Pokémon abilities that helped me successfully not need a "Thanksgiving budget."