$400 Budget Update – 12/15

To claim we have been a little busy around here lately would be an understatement.  Like your home, I am sure, the Advent season can be slightly crazy.  As a result, we have been somewhat lazy about blog posts the last few weeks.

Thankfully, life slows down tremendously tomorrow evening.  We will now be able to enjoy a much slower pace, many fewer commitments, relaxing time with extended family, and Christmas vacation from the homeschool.  Yay!

This week, I shopped at a few stores: Costco, Walmart, the gluten free bakery, and one local chain.  I also made my first ever order from Amazon Pantry.  I had some credit to use from a previous Amazon purchase and decided to give it a shot.  While Amazon Pantry is easy enough to use, I think the prices are only so-so.  Barring some sort of sale and more credit, I find it unlikely I will become a regular shopper.  Lastly, I feel ready to give a value to our leftover ingredients from the annual cookie/treat bake our family does.  That information is included this week.

If you are new to my weekly budgeting posts, you can catch the original story here.  As always, our weekly menu is listed at the end of the post.

Gluten Free Bakery

  • Bread (19 oz.), Bagels (14 oz.), Buns (14 oz.), $9.00
  • Total: $9.00

Baking Leftovers

  • $15.00


  • Tortilla chips (6 lb.), Salsa (4 lb., 12 oz.), Veggie Straws (25 oz.), Cheddar cheese (5 lb.), $32.95
  • Total: $32.95

Amazon Pantry

  • Taco shells (13.78 oz.), Cake mix (15.25 oz.), Granola bars (48 ct.), $9.08 after credit and free shipping
  • Total: $9.08


  • Milk (3 gal.), Oatmeal (42 oz.), Yogurt (5 oz.), Tomato soup (10.25 oz.), Chicken breasts (3 lb.), Almond milk (1 gal.), $28.57 after Ibotta rebate
  • Total: $28.57

Local Chain

  • Corn (45.75 oz.), Carrots (2 lb.), Lettuce (1), Potatoes (8 lb.), Mixed veggies (3 lb.), Peas (3 lb.), $12.71 after coupon
  • Ground beef (3 lb.), Whipped topping (8 oz.), Gluten free cake mix (1 lb.), $8.12 after coupons
  • Total: $20.83

Grand Total: $115.43

Total for December: $215.10

We have $184.90 left to spend for the year.  We should be in pretty good shape to make it within budget, which is exciting.  Despite some setbacks this fall, we have pretty consistently maintained the $400 per month budget on groceries and household goods in 2016.  And I consider that a success, especially since I eat dairy and gluten free, one of the kids is lactose intolerant, and we rarely eat at restaurants.

Next year’s budget has not yet been set. I suspect we will stay at the $400 per month mark.  There is an outside chance we will decrease it slightly in order to divert funds to another budget category, but hopefully not.  Once the final number is decided, I will include that information in a future budgeting post.


Toast, egg burritos, Homemade Granola, pancakes, fruits


Burritos, rice & beans, sandwiches, fruits & veggies


Homemade Mac & Cheese, lettuce salad, peas

Hot ham & cheese sandwiches, Oven Fries, lettuce salad

Chicken & veggie soup, crackers

Italian dunkers, mixed veggies

Hamburgers on Homemade Buns, lettuce salad, corn

Hamburger gravy over mashed potatoes, peas, garlic toast

Foster Care Christmas Party (x1)