$350 Budget Update – 12/17

This week has been particularly busy at our house.  Your house, too?  Sunday is usually my quiet day.  Once we return home from church, I typically spend time planning for the week ahead.

Our Sunday was busy this week, though.  The kids and I spent Sunday afternoon at practice for our church’s child-led Christmas service.  After that, the whole family went Christmas shopping and actually ate dinner out at a restaurant.  The following few days were a complete blur.  As a result, we did not have a menu written for the week until late this afternoon.

I am not a huge fan of flying by the seat of my pants.  Thankfully, we have managed our way through the relative chaos pretty well.  I also discovered a bonus: no menu meant no grocery list.  I shopped for pretty much all of our food from the pantry and deep freeze until today.  Our budget was very thankful.

If you are new to the blog, you can see my original post on the $350 budget here.  If you are curious where our money has gone already in December, you can read about it here and here.

This week, I shopped at two local chains and the Dollar Tree.  At the end of the post, you will see our weekly menu.

Local chain #1 (first trip):

extreme couponing groceries on a budget

  • Oyster crackers (36 oz.), $4.00
  • Potatoes (5 lb.), $0.99
  • Total: $4.99

Local chain #1 (second trip):

family groceries on a budget cheap food

  • Salt (26 oz.), $0.69
  • Pineapple (1), Mixed veggies (4 lb.), $4.75
  • Shredded cheese (2 lb.), $6.00 after coupons
  • Total: $11.44

Local chain #2:

careful budgeting coupons

  • Apple juice cocktail (64 oz.), Mayo (60 oz.), Cereal (36.6 oz.), $6.60 after coupons
  • Toilet paper (24 double rolls), $6.13 after coupons
  • Baby carrots (2 lb.), Apples (3 lb.), Romaine lettuce (1 head), Red potatoes (8 lb.), Mixed veggies (16 oz.), $9.36 after coupons
  • Eggs (1 doz.), Milk (2 gal.), $8.78
  • Total: $30.87

Dollar Tree:

creative couponing tips to save money

  • Pretzels (12 oz.), Animal crackers (11 oz.), $2.00
  • Flour tortillas (3 lb.), $3.00
  • Total: $5.00

Grand Total: $52.30

Month Total: $277.46

Since we started out with some leftover money from November, our budget still has some wiggle room for the end of the month.  We have $112.24 left to spend for the rest of December.


Cinnamon Roll Baked Oatmeal, cereal, toast & eggs, pancakes & eggs


Sandwiches, egg burritos, buttered noodles & beans, cheese quesadillas, mac & cheese, fruits & veggies


Cheeseburger calzones, lettuce salad, green beans

Bean, corn, & tomato burritos, lettuce salad

Vegetable beef soup, homemade bread, lettuce salad

Beefy rice, peas, lettuce salad

Turkey gravy over mashed potatoes, carrots, lettuce salad

Supper at church (x1)

Christmas party for foster families (x1)

How do you get dinner on the table every week?  Let me know in an email or comment below!