$400 Budget Update – 4/27

We were able to stay under budget this month.  Just barely…but still, we did it.  I was even able to score some deals of meat this week, so that makes me happy.

This week I shopped at three stores: Target, Dollar Tree, & one local chain.  I rarely shop at Target, but they have a brand of beauty product that I cannot find anywhere else locally.  It is expensive, but one tube will probably last about six months.

If you are new to my weekly budgeting posts, you can catch the original story here.  As always, our weekly menu is listed below.

Dollar Tree:

  • Pinto beans (24 oz.), black beans (2 lb.), $3.00
  • Total: $3.00


  • Facial soap (4 oz.), $10.74 with tax
  • Total: $10.74

Local Chain:

  • Water (101.4 oz.), Mayo (60 oz.), Baked beans (28 oz.), Pasta sauce (24 oz.), Pasta (3 lb.), Mac & cheese (7.25 oz.), Tortillas (1 lb.), Peanut butter (32 oz.), Baking powder (8.1 oz.), Salsa (16 oz.), Cereal (12 oz.), Potato chips (10.5 oz.), Tortilla chips (11.5 oz.), Cookies (11 oz.), Bear cookies (12 oz.), $20.97 after coupons
  • Pork chops (2.97 lb.), Bacon (2 lb.), Milk (1 gal.), Eggs (1 doz.), Almond milk (1 gal.), Gluten free buns (14.3 oz.), Gluten free bread (14.3 oz.), $32.14
  • Carrots (1 lb.), Tomatoes (1.19 lb.), Apples (2.89 lb.), Strawberries (2 lb.), Mushrooms (8 oz.), Lettuce (1), Cabbage (2.87 lb.), $14.52 after Checkout 51 rebate
  • Total: $67.63

Grand Total: $81.37

Total for April: $392.87

Just in case we have an emergency run to the grocery store, we have $7.13 left in the coffers.  I find it unlikely we will need to spend it, so we should have that little bit left to carry over into May.  This makes me happy.


Toast, Homemade Granola, muffins, fruit


Sandwiches, burritos, deviled eggs & crackers, rice & beans, fruits & veggies


Spaghetti, lettuce salad

Cheese quesadillas, refried beans, lettuce salad

BLTs on Homemade Bread, baked beans, coleslaw

Homemade Beef & Mushroom Pizza, coleslaw

Pork chops, mashed potatoes, Homemade Bread, lettuce salad

Leftovers (x1)

Diner with family (x1)

What’s on the menu at your house?  Let me know in an email or comment below!