Ask Miserly Moms: Grocery Budgeting for Non-Food Items

by Jonni McCoy

Q: In making your grocery budget, how do you include the non food products such as toilet paper, paper towels, feminine needs, and baby diapers? I have tried to include this before in my grocery planning/budget; is there a better way?
Ms. J. Weaver

A: I have always included my sundries (non-food) items in my grocery total. I reduce my grocery spending by shopping sales and cooking in bulk, and then use the extra money to pay for the sundries. Some people have a separate budget category called "household expenses" that they use for sundries. Do what works best for you!.

Jonni McCoy is the author of "Miserly Moms-Living On One Income In A Two Income Economy" and "Frugal Families-Making The Most Of Your Hard Earned Money!"

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