$400 Budget Update – 10/6

We had a better week with the budget.  Yay!  I only made a trip to one store–Aldi.  My favorite.  I was able to go there quick on our way back from last weekend’s camping excursion.  It worked because I could put all of my perishables in the camper’s fridge.  It is an unconventional way to shop for weekly groceries, but it worked.

In addition to my Aldi run, I am going to deduct our once monthly Costco membership portion on today’s budget.  Since we do this five months a year, I will take out $11.00 today.  If you are new to my weekly budgeting posts, you can catch the original story here.  As always, our weekly menu is posted below.


  • Membership deduction, $11.00
  • Total: $11.00



  • Almond milk (1 gal.), Whole milk (1 gal.), Parmesan cheese (8 oz.), Tortillas (2 lb.), $10.85
  • Filled pasta (17.6 oz.), Dried pasta (2 lb.), Tomato soup (32.25 oz.), Saltines (2 lb.), Gluten free pasta (3 lb.), Chicken bouillon (2.2 lb.), Coconut oil (14 oz.), Graham crackers (28.8 oz.), Gluten free pretzels (8 oz.), $24.33
  • Halloween candy (3.5 lb.), Hummus (20 oz.), Tilapia (3 lb.), Salmon (2 lb.), Salsa (2 lb.), Queso dip (15 oz.), $28.83
  • Potatoes (5 lb.), Grapes (2 lb.), Cantaloupe (1), Strawberries (1 lb.), $7.56
  • Total: $72.16 after tax

Grand Total: $83.16

Total for October: $152.42

We still have $247.58 left in the budget.  Woot, woot.


Cereal with milk, toast with peanut butter, Homemade Granola, yogurt, fruit


Sandwiches, quesadillas, burritos, buttered noodles with beans, fruits & veggies


Rice and beans, cantaloupe

Fish, creamy pasta, mixed veggies, squash

Chicken sandwiches on Homemade Bread, baked potatoes, green beans

Hot dogs on Homemade Buns, oven fries, mixed veggies

Spaghetti, lettuce salad

Pancakes, eggs, hashbrowns, apples

Homemade Pizza, lettuce salad

What are your favorite cost savings tips at the grocery store?  Let me know in an email or comment below!