$400 Budget Update – 2/23

The month is almost over, and the budget is pretty much gone.  I had to buy a new mop head last week, and that hurt things.  In addition, my forty pounds of Zaycon chicken arrives soon, and I have been periodically deducting for that.  Thankfully, we have plenty of food to get us through.

If you have been wondering why things have been a little silent around here on the blog lately, please do not fret.  We are a-ok.  I have begun working on preliminary tasks toward going back to college next spring.  Between that new adventure and our family’s day-to-day craziness, Todd and I have spent way less time on the computer than normal.  Hopefully we will be able to provide updates again on a better schedule soon.

This week I shopped at two stores: Costco and one local chain.  If you are new to my weekly budgeting posts, you can catch the original story here.  As always, our weekly menu plan is listed below.


  • Flour (25 lb.), Almond milk (1.5 gal.), Milk (2 gal.), Cheese (5 lb.), Popcorn (46 oz.), $40.10 after tax
  • Total: $40.10

Local Chain

I forgot to take the picture.

  • Applesauce (3 lb.), Macaroni (2 lb.), Instant milk (25.6 oz.), Diced tomatoes (14.5 oz.), Freezer bags (20 ct.), Corn (30.5 oz.), $14.09 after coupons
  • Apples (2.47 lb.), Carrots (2 lb.), Onions (2 lb.), Lettuce (2), Oranges (4 lb.), Pears (3.26 lb.), Potatoes (8 lb.), $16.32 after Checkout 51 rebate
  • Tater tots (2 lb.), Mixed veggies (1 lb.), Eggs (1.5 doz.), Pretzels (12 oz.), Tortilla chips (20 oz.), $8.44
  • Gluten-free cupcake mix (20 oz.), Gluten-free crackers (4.25 oz.), Gluten-free bagels (13.9 oz.), Gluten-free bread (14.3 oz.), Soynuts (0.61 lb.), $10.82 after Checkout 51 rebates
  • Total: $49.67

Grand Total: $89.77

Total for February: $387.24

We have just enough left in the budget for February to get us through if the milk runs out a day early.  We will not have any carry-over to speak of with our $12.76, but that is okay.  This is a time of year that grocery sales are not too awesome, so just staying within budget is always a good thing.


Muffins, Homemade Granola, toast, fruit


Sandwiches, hard-boiled eggs, Homemade Bread, Homemade Mac & Cheese, fruits & veggies


Turkey, mashed potatoes, Homemade Bread, lettuce salad

Turkey vegetable soup, crackers, lettuce salad

Rice & beans, lettuce salad

Egg burritos, tater tots, applesauce

Eat out (x3)

What is on the menu at your house this week?  Let me know in an email or comment below!