I made my goal by the skin of my teeth this month! Yowser. My goal was to spend under $100/month this year...so does $100.55 count? Lol.
I tried to look over my spreadsheet and see where the big purchases were. At the very beginning of January, I bought a few pre-made meals to have in the freezer for emergency dinners (like Bertolli and Contessa). Thankfully, they're still there as emergency meals because I've been doing well with the meal planning. But they were expensive because I bought them at regular price, so that took a big chunk of my total.
I've been drinking lactaid milk (because the little chica gets VERY spitty when I eat a lot of dairy), and it's about $4 for a half-gallon. Yikes! Hopefully she outgrows this soon.
I also bought a few big things that I only buy once or twice a year (like a big tub of blue cheese at Sam's Club), as well as some meat that I stocked the freezer with. I also made a few make-n-freeze meals, so hopefully eating those in the next few weeks and months will keep my totals lower for those months.
Spent in January: $100.55
Saved in January: $294.71 (74%)
How did everyone else do?