$400 Budget Update – 3/10

The sales were pretty hard to find this week in our community.  In addition, our pantry and refrigerator are well-stocked.  As a result, our final total at the grocery store this week was relatively small.

Our family’s schedule is packed this week, anyway, so I am grateful to avoid the stores.  Instead, I am spending my time observing dance classes, judging a spelling bee, and hosting a 4H meeting.  Good times.

If you are new to my weekly budget posts, you can find the original story here.  We started off the week with $300.90 left to spend in March.  I shopped at one local grocery chain this week.  At the end of the post, you can see our weekly menu plan.

Local Chain:


  • Sandwich cookies (14 oz.), Pasta (4 lb.), Rice cakes (4.9 oz.), Toilet paper (24 double rolls), Apple juice (64 oz.), Peanut butter (2 lb.), $14.53 after coupons and tax
  • Celery (1), Cucumbers (3), Apples (6 lb.), Lettuce (2), Oranges (4 lb.), Potatoes (8 lb.), Mushrooms (28 oz.), Green beans (2 lb.), Peas (2 lb.), $29.15 after coupons & Checkout 51 rebate
  • Eggs (2.5 doz.), Yogurt (2 lb.), Milk (2 gal.), String cheese (24 oz.), Macaroni salad (2.21 lb.), $22.83 after coupons
  • Soynuts (.6 lb.), Sunflower nuts (1.08 lb.), $3.40
  • Total: $69.91

March Budget Remaining: $230.99

We still have two-thirds of the month left, so I am grateful to still have so much remaining in our budget.  At this rate, it should easily hold out for the rest of March.


Cereal with milk, muffins, yogurt, toast, eggs, pancakes


Burritos, noodles with beans, eggs, crackers, quesadillas, sandwiches, Homemade Macaroni & Cheese, fruits & veggies


Spaghetti, lettuce salad

Grilled cheese, tomato soup, green beans

Chicken & rice, lettuce salad, peas

Pork sandwiches, lettuce salad, corn

Hamburgers, mashed potatoes, green beans

Fish, lettuce salad, French fries, biscuits

Supper at church (x1)

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