$400 Budget Update – 12/29

Well, our 2016 household shopping has officially come to a close.  And guess what?  We are under budget.  Hooray!  In spite of ourselves, and being over budget most of this fall, we figured it out and made the budget work.

This week, I shopped at two stores: CVS and a local chain.  We also brought home various leftovers from Christmas celebrations with family.  That was yummy.

We still have not hammered out the 2017 budget.  Until we do, I will continue using a $400 budget for our groceries and general household purchases.  If you are new to my weekly budgeting posts, you can catch the original story here.  As always, our weekly menu is written below.


  • Pantiliners (20 ct.), Floss (87.4 yd.), $1.34 after tax and coupons
  • Total: $1.34

Local Chain:

  • Tortilla chips (25 oz.), Fruit snacks (4.8 oz.), Tomatoes (14.5 oz.), Salsa (32 oz.), $6.15 after coupons
  • Ground beef (9 lb.), Chicken nuggets (33 oz.), Frozen pizza (42 oz.), Tater tots (64 oz.), $31.08
  • Apples (3.82 lb.), Onions (3 lb.), Lettuce (1), Milk (1 gal.), Almond milk (1 gal.), $15.39
  • Total: $47.62 after coupons

Grand Total: $48.96

December Total: $369.96

2016 Total: $4769.96

We came in $30.04 under budget this year.  This week I was even able to splurge a little on junk food for the kids.  Todd and I are going on two lunch dates this week since he is off from work.  Normally, this would annoy the kids a great deal.  Fortunately, they can be bribed with cheap frozen pizzas and dinosaur shaped chicken nuggets.  Even the teenager.


Muffins, toast, oatmeal, pancakes, eggs, fruit


Sandwiches, leftovers, frozen pizza, chicken nuggets, fruits & veggies


Hamburgers on Homemade Buns, Oven Fries, lettuce salad

Spaghetti, green beans

Rice & beans, lettuce salad

Tater tot casserole, garlic toast, lettuce salad

Chicken tacos, mixed veggies

Sweet & sour kielbasa over rice, green beans, lettuce salad

Leftovers (x1)

How did your grocery budget fare this year?  Let me know in an email or comment below!