I usually spend quite a bit on groceries the first week of every month. We are usually low on many staples. I have to reload.
This month, we were able to avoid much of that shopping. Our last two food club shares supplied us with enough baked goods to last a month. I have baked a few times since December, but not at my usual rate. Today I baked homemade bread for the first time since before Christmas. It has been a nice little break.
If you are new to the blog, you can read my original story about our grocery budgeting process here. Last week I posted that we had a little leftover in the January budget, so we are starting February with $409.63, rather than our allotted $400.00.
I shopped at five stores this week: Costco, Dollar Tree, CVS, and two local chains. At the end of today’s post, you will see our weekly menu plan.
Local Chain #1:
- Salad dressing (80 oz.), Pineapple (1), $6.94
- Total: $6.89 after reusable bag discount
Local Chain #2:
- Tuna (50 oz.), Salsa (4 lb.), Spaghetti sauce (48 oz.), Rice cakes (4.9 oz.), Chex mix (17.5), $12.54 after coupons
- Oranges (8 lb.), Celery (1), Carrots (4 lb.), Romaine lettuce (2), Cucumbers (2), Sunflower nuts (.56 lb.), Onions (3 lb.), Pears (3 lb.), Mushrooms (8 oz.), Apples (5 lb.), Green cabbage (2.45 lb.), $29.03 after coupons & Checkout 51 rebate
- Paper towels (6 rolls ), Tofu (12 oz.), Non-dairy cream cheese (8 oz.), $9.95
- Total: $46.79 after $5.00 off $50.00 coupon and tax
- Deodorant (6 oz.), $1.50 after coupons
- Total: $1.91 after tax, plus I received $2.50 additional Extra Bucks to use on my next purchase
- Whale crackers (7 oz.), Alphabet cookies (13.75 oz.), Animal crackers (14 oz.), Pretzels (9.5 oz.), Tortillas (2 lb.), $6.00
- AAA batteries (8 ct.), $1.00
- Total: $7.08 after tax
- Tortilla chips (3 lb.), Veggie straws (25 oz.), Flax (3 lb.), Flour (25 lb.), $20.46
- Lactose free milk (1.5 gal.), Skim milk (2 gal.), Shredded cheddar (5 lb.), $24.64
- Total: $45.10
Grand Total: $107.77
February Budget Remaining: $301.86
Since I usually spend closer to $150.00 during the first week of every month, this was a nice way to cushion our budget. We have plenty left to get us through all of February.
Cottage cheese, English muffins, cereal, eggs & bacon, toast, yogurt, doughnuts
Sandwiches, cheese & crackers, burritos, fruits & veggies
Lentil spaghetti, lettuce salad
Tuna melts, lettuce salad, peas & carrots
Chicken & rice, lettuce salad, mixed veggies
Pork chops, mashed potatoes, corn, bread
Chicken soup, crackers, lettuce salad
Taco mac, coleslaw, corn
Hamburgers, French fries, coleslaw
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