$400 Budget Update – 1/5

We started off the new year right with the budget.  I shopped at two stores this week–Costco and one local chain.  And somehow, I got through Costco without completely blowing the budget.  Yay!

If you are new to my weekly budgeting posts, you can catch the original story here.  Normally, I take out a portion of our Costco membership fees the first week of every month.  I finished taking out our last chunk of the fee for 2016 in December, though, so I will not be doing that anymore.  I still suspect we will not renew our membership this summer, as Aldi will be opening in our community then.  We will see.

In the meantime, I need to finish doing some price point comparisons for the few things I consistently purchase at Costco.  Once I have completed that task, I will share that information here on the blog.

As always, our weekly menu is listed at the bottom of the post.

Local Chain:

  • Green beans (30.5 oz.), Pasta (3 lb.), Peanut butter (16 oz.), Tuna (25 oz.), Gluten free pasta (16 oz.), Corn (30.5 oz.), $9.08 after coupons
  • Chicken (4 lb.), Ham (0.5 lb.), Almond milk (1 gal.), English muffins (12 oz.), Milk (2 gal.), Eggs (1 doz.), $22.69 after coupons
  • Apples (2.48 lb.), Carrots (2 lb.), Lettuce (3), Pears (3.54 lb.), Potatoes (8 lb.), Peas (1 lb.), $15.43
  • Total: $47.20


  • Rice (25 lb.), Oatmeal (10 lb.), Shredded mozzarella (5 lb.), Shredded cheddar (5 lb.), Tortilla chips (3 lb.), $44.65
  • Total: $44.65

Grand Total: $91.85

This is a good way to start the year.  Our first week out I spent less than twenty-five percent of our first month’s budget.  Hopefully the rest of the month will continue to go this well.


Muffins, toast, Homemade Granola, English muffins, pancakes, eggs


Burritos, noodles & beans, quesadillas, sandwiches, Homemade Mac & Cheese, fruits & veggies


Tuna noodle casserole, peas, lettuce salad

Cheeseburger pizza, lettuce salad

Ham sandwiches on Homemade Bread, Oven Fries, lettuce salad

Potato soup, crackers with peanut butter, lettuce salad

Hamburgers on Homemade Buns, lettuce salad, carrots

Chicken strips, pasta salad, mixed veggies, applesauce

Hamburger gravy over rice, corn, green beans

Is your budget off to the right start this year?  Let me know in an email or comment below!