$400 Budget Update – 3/17

I spent more at the grocery store than I planned.  We ended up at Costco for a few items for the pantry and fridge.  Sigh.  The good news is that most of those purchases will last for quite a while, so they should be offset by savings later in the month.

If you are new to the blog, you can see my original budgeting post here.  We began the week with$230.99 left to spend in March.  At the end of today’s post, you will see our weekly menu plan.



  • Cheddar cheese (5 lb.), Lactose free milk (1.5 gal.), Skim milk (2 gal.), $23.51 after Checkout 51 rebate
  • Dishwasher tabs (115 ct.), Gluten free flour (5 lb.), Tortilla chips (3 lb.), $22.90 after tax
  • Apples (10 lb.), Romaine hearts (6 ct.), Strawberries (4 lb.), $21.47
  • Total: $67.88

Dollar Tree:


  • Whale crackers (7 oz.), Tortillas (2 lb.), Cheddar substitute (8 oz.), Pretzels (9.5 oz.), $5.00
  • Total: $5.00

Local Chain:


  • Tortilla chips (11 oz.), Soynuts (0.66 lb.), Sunflower nuts (0.9 lb.), $3.17 after coupon
  • Bratwurst (14 oz.), Eggs (2.5 doz.), Cream cheese substitute (8 0z.), $13.25
  • Bananas (1.25 lb.), Cabbage (4.07 lb.), Cucumbers (2), Mixed veggies (1 lb.), $4.64
  • Total: $21.06

Grand Total: $93.94

March Total Remaining: $137.05

Since I will not need to go back to Costco later this month, we will be fine for the rest of March.  In addition, we are stocked up well on most food items we regularly eat.  I should only need to shop for milk and produce, in addition to any really good sales.


Toast, eggs, English muffins, yogurt, cereal w/milk, muffins, pancakes


Sandwiches, burritos, Homemade Mac & Cheese, fruits & veggies


Tacos, strawberries

Tuna melts on Homemade Buns, French fries, coleslaw

Roast turkey, Homemade Bread, mashed potatoes, coleslaw

Turkey soup, biscuits, lettuce salad

Fish, rice, green beans, lettuce salad

Bratwurst on Homemade Buns, lettuce salad, corn

Supper at church (x1)

Do you ever find the “savings” at Costco to be a budget buster?  Send me an email or comment below!