$400 Budget Update – 4/14

I did not spend much time at the store this week, and it shows in the budget.  I mostly purchased staples–fruits, veggies, and other perishables.  It feels good to walk out of the store with inexpensively-priced produce again.  Hooray for spring!

If you are new to my weekly budgeting posts, you can view the original story here.  I shopped at one local chain and the Dollar Tree this week.  At the end of today’s post, I have written out our weekly menu plan.

Local Chain:


  • Corn (30 oz.), Apples (3 lb.), Carrots (4 lb.), Cucumbers (4), Romaine lettuce (2), Onions (5 lb.), Strawberries (3 lb.), $22.43 after coupons and Checkout 51 rebate
  • Rice cakes (6.52 oz.), Tomato soup (10.75 oz.), Juice boxes (60 oz.), Ketchup (76 oz.), Salsa (31 oz.), Sunflower nuts (1.32 lb.), $10.00 after coupons
  • Yogurt (32 oz.), Eggs (2 doz.), Skim milk (2 gal.), Almond milk (1 gal.), $18.06 after coupon
  • Total: $50.49

Dollar Tree:


  • Tortillas (3 lb.), Black beans (2 lb.), Hairbrush (1), $6.08 after tax
  • Total: $6.08

Grand Total: $56.57

April Budget Remaining: $224.32

Since I overspent our March budget, we started out this month with less money than I wanted.  Last week, I spent over $100.  We were only a week into April and had already used a third of our allotment.

I was hopeful things would slowly shake out okay over time, and I feel much more comfortable now.  We have half the month left to go, and more than half the budget.  Thankfully…  Hopefully things stay that way.


Pancakes, eggs, Homemade Cinnamon Bread, yogurt, toast


Sandwiches, noodles w/beans, Italian dunkers, burritos, quesadillas, fruits & veggies


Fish, rice, lettuce salad, green beans

Tacos, strawberries

Homemade Mac & Cheese, strawberries, cucumbers

Chicken sandwiches on Homemade Bread, peas, lettuce salad

Hamburgers on Homemade Buns, French fries, lettuce salad

Spaghetti, lettuce salad

Tuna sandwiches, green beans, apples

What are your favorite weeknight dinners?  Send me an email or comment below!