$400 Budget Update – 3/3

This week was a budget buster in grocery shopping land.  Thankfully, we have carry-over from February, so I do not have to panic (yet) about how much I spent.

I stocked up on canned goods this week because of some excellent sales.  I fed my family many pounds of strawberries.  And I purchased some staples for the pantry.  I really did not have any impulse buys–all of the treats purchased were for specific snacks and meals.

Since we started out the month with a $28.88 surplus, our March budget is actually $428.88.  If you are new to the blog, you can find my original monthly budgeting post here.  This week I shopped at Costco, Dollar Tree, and two local chains.  At the end of today’s post, you can see our weekly menu plan.



  • Flour (25 lb.), Tortilla chips (3 lb.), Veggie straws (25 oz.), Lactose free milk (1.5 gal.), Peanut butter (6 lb.), $31.35
  • Total: $31.35

Dollar Tree:


  • Whale crackers (7 oz.), Tortillas (3 lb.), Dental floss (115 yd.), $5.08
  • Total: $5.08

Local Chain #1:


  • Baking powder (12 oz.), Oranges (2.51 lb.), Strawberries (2 lb.), Potatoes (5 lb.), $10.86
  • Total: $10.86

Local Chain #2:


  • Brownie mix (18.4 oz.), Frosting (1 lb.), Bread (24 oz.), Graham crackers (28.8 oz.), Mini Wheats (36 oz.), Olive oil (8.5 oz.), Oreos (30 oz.), Taco shells (13.5 oz.), $16.28 after coupons and Checkout 51 rebate
  • Salsa (2 lb.), Flavored water (34 oz.), Canned tomatoes (174 oz.), Tomato sauce (90 oz.), Green beans (87 oz.), Peas (90 oz.), Corn (91.5 oz.), Toilet paper (24 double rolls), $23.44 after coupons and tax
  • Boneless pork loin (7.18 lb.), $10.63
  • Apples (3 lb.), Avocados (3), Carrots (2 lb.), Strawberries (2 lb.), Cucumbers (4), $12.51 after Checkout 51 rebate
  • Skim milk (2 gal.), Yogurt (2 lb.), Almond milk (.5 gal.), Cream cheese substitute (8 oz.), $17.83
  • Total: $80.69

Grand Total: $127.98

March Budget Remaining: $300.90

Our pantry is pretty full right now.  Thankfully, Todd likes to organize things–even food.  Hopefully my shopping trips for the remainder of the month will be a little lighter.


Cinnamon Quick Bread, yogurt, toast, eggs, cereal w/milk, pancakes, bacon


Rice & beans, quesadillas, peanut butter on celery & crackers, sandwiches, burritos, fruits & veggies


Chicken & noodles, lettuce salad, strawberries

Pork loin, mashed potatoes, coleslaw, bread

Beefy rice, lettuce salad

Tuna noodle casserole, lettuce salad, peas

Tex-Mex lasagna, lettuce salad

Fish, rice, corn, strawberries

Supper at church (x1)

How do you find the best deals on groceries?  Email me or comment below!