$350 Budget Update – 10/1

It’s October, and that means the time has come to track where our $350 budget goes each month on the blog!  Most weeks, I shop at one or two of our local grocery store chains, CVS, Costco, and Dollar Tree.

The first week of the month usually eats up the largest chunk of the budget.  This is primarily due to a monthly stock up done at Costco.  At the end of the post, you’ll see a glimpse of our weekly menu.

Local Chain #1:


  • Baby carrots (2 lb.), Romaine lettuce (2 heads), Bananas (.89 lb.), $6.12 after $0.25 Checkout 51 rebate
  • Almond milk (.5 gal.), Block cheese (1 lb.), $6.69 after $1.00 off cheese coupon
  • Discount for using reusable bags, -$0.10
  • Total: $12.71



  • Candy (2.1 lb. stock up for national candy collection day), $6.00 after coupon
  • Shampoo (12 oz.), Saline spray (4.24 oz.), $16.17 after coupons & discounts
  • Tax, $1.44
  • Total: $23.61



  • Flour (25 lb.), Brown sugar (7 lb.), Yeast (2 lb.): $14.77
  • Cheddar (5 lb.), Mozzarella (5 lb.), Lactose free milk (1.5 gal.), Eggs (3 doz.): $37.16
  • Oats (10 lb.), Tortilla chips (3 lb.): $11.48
  • Membership fee (we split the annual fee over five months for budget purposes): $11.00
  • Total: $74.41

Dollar Tree:


  • Whale crackers (7 oz.), Animal crackers (11 oz.), $2.00
  • Total: $2.00

Grand total: $112.73

Most of the Costco and CVS purchases will stretch out for several weeks or months, depending on the item.  The candy has been safely hidden from the rest of the family until the end of the month.  From everything else, and other pantry staples we already have on hand, we will easily get a week’s worth of meals.


Cereal, toast, muffins

Bread recipe: Homemade Bread


Sandwiches, soup, fruit & veggies


  • Chicken & rice, lettuce salad, apples
  • Tacos, corn
  • Pancakes & eggs, fried potatoes, apples
  • Macaroni & cheese, lettuce salad, pickles
  • Sausages, bread, mashed potatoes, lettuce salad
  • Spaghetti, lettuce salad
  • Potato soup, crackers w/peanut butter, apples

There you have it!  What ideas do you use to keep the grocery budget in check?  I’d love to hear from you!