$400 Budget Update – 12/22

Well, it has been two days since I shopped in a store, and I am surviving.  We have not run out of anything, and it looks as though I will be able to continue staying out of stores through Tuesday.  Todd will likely have to make a trip somewhere for supplies related to our basement remodel, but that does not affect the $400 budget, so I have no worries.

This week, I shopped at the gluten free bakery, Dollar Tree, Walmart, CVS, and two local chains.  One of the local chains got three trips, which is kind of weird.  If you are new to my weekly budgeting posts, you can catch the original story here.  As always, our weekly menu is posted at the end.

Local Chain #1 (1st trip):

  • Salt (26 oz)., Pineapple (2), Oranges (4.02 lb.), $7.49 after reusable bag discount
  • Total: $7.49

Local Chain #1 (2nd trip):

No picture taken.  Sorry.

  • Yogurt (5 oz.), $0.44
  • Total: $0.44

Local Chain #1 (3rd trip):

  • Olives (5.75 oz.), Cauliflower (1), Tomatoes (10 oz.), $4.94 after reusable bag discount
  • Total: $4.94

Local Chain #2:

  • Gravy (12 oz.), Coffee (30.5 oz.), Pickles (32 oz.), Garbanzo beans (1 lb.), $9.13 after coupons
  • Kielbasa (42 oz.), Milk (1 gal.), $10.31 after coupon
  • Broccoli (0.69 lb.), Carrots (1 lb.), Cucumber (1), Celery (1), Lettuce (2), Oranges (4 lb.), Potatoes (8 lb.), Tomatoes (0.87 lb.), Radishes (1 bunch), Mixed veggies (12 oz.), Peas (12 oz.), $14.14 after coupons and Checkout 51 rebate
  • Total: $33.58


  • Toilet paper (36 double rolls), Maxi pads (44 ct.), $19.99
  • Total: $21.49 after tax, plus I earned $6.00 Extrabucks to use on a future shopping trip


  • Tomato soup (10.75 oz.), Diced tomatoes (15 oz.), Tomato sauce (15 oz.), Pasta (1 lb.), Almond milk (0.5 gal.), Gluten free pasta (1 lb.), Margarine (15 oz.), Ham (1 lb.), $12.97
  • Total: $12.97

Dollar Tree:

  • Vanilla wafers (8 oz.), Animal crackers (11 oz.), Black beans (2 lb.), Pinto beans (1.5 lb.), Tortillas (3 lb.), $8.00
  • Total: $8.00

Gluten Free Bakery:

  • Mini cupcakes (12 ct.), Bread (38 oz.), Bagels (14 oz.), $16.99
  • Total: $16.99

Grand Total: $105.90

Total for December: $321.00

Considering that we only have to get through four days on almost eighty dollars, I feel pretty hopeful that our family will successfully stay within budget this month.  I may splurge a little on things I do not normally buy (chicken nuggets, frozen pizza, tater puffs, etc.) for the kids.  Todd and I are hoping to take a couple of lunch dates together, and those foods will hopefully pacify jealous children.


Muffins, eggs, Homemade Granola, toast, cinnamon swirl bread, fruit


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


Tacos, corn

Chili, lettuce salad, crackers

Chicken veggie soup, lettuce salad, Homemade Bread

Dinner at church (x1)

Dinner with family (x3)

What are your favorite foods to prepare for Christmas?  Let me know in an email or comment below!