$400 Budget Update – 11/3

Hooray for a new month.  And better spending habits.  Already this week I have spent way less than weeks previous.  I will have to make a Costco run soon (the kids say we have no snacks), and the extra padding for next week’s spending needs will be good.

We ate from our freezer and pantry a whole bunch this week.  It was good to use up some odds and ends and clear out the freezer a bit.

If you are new to my weekly budgeting posts, you can catch the original story here.  This week I shopped at our local chain (twice) and Walmart.  I also will take our monthly Costco membership deduction out of the budget this time around.  Even taking into account our October overage, our spending for the first few days of November is not too bad.



  • Granola bars (8.9 oz.), Gluten free pretzels (8 oz.), $4.56
  • Total: $4.56


  • Monthly membership deduction, $11.00
  • Total: $11.00

Local Chain (trip #1):


  • Ground beef (2.05 lb.),Greek yogurt (10.6 oz.), $5.66
  • Lettuce (2), Apples (1.9 lb.), Carrots (2 lb.), Pineapple (1), $9.74
  • Total: $15.25 after reusable bag discount

Local Chain (trip #2):


  • Almond milk (0.5 gal.), $3.50
  • Total: $3.50

Grand Total: $34.31

We overspent in October by $26.02.  This brings our total spending for the first week of November to $60.33.  Not bad at all.


Muffins, toast, Homemade Granola, yogurt, waffles, eggs, fruit


Rice & beans, burritos, sandwiches, Homemade Mac & Cheese, fruits & veggies


Loaded baked potatoes, Homemade Bread, lettuce salad

Fish, rice, mixed veggies, lettuce salad

Chicken & potato soup, lettuce salad, crackers

Hot dogs on Homemade Buns, French fries, carrots

Homemade Pepperoni Pizza, lettuce salad

Hamburgers, mashed potatoes, mixed veggies

Spaghetti, lettuce salad

How is your grocery budget starting off this month?  Let me know in an email or comment below!