$400 Budget Update – 8/25

I have used our August budget down to almost the very last drop.  When we ran out of just about all pantry staples early in the month, it cost a lot and dented the budget big time.  My children have been very hungry lately.  They must be growing.  Lastly, we have a local chain that is costing me more than I am saving.

I shared earlier this month that I was overcharged for apples at one of our local chains.  This week, that same chain sold me a severely under-filled box of pasta.  The clementines I bought were advertised as 3 pounds for $4.98 and when I got home I realized it was only a 2 pound bag.  Then they molded the next day.  The receipt also failed to show that the store deducted my coupon for free granola bars, so I spent a lot of time confused while doing math for this post.

In the store’s defense, I had the kids with me when I shopped and I was not able to give my full attention to the checkout display for accuracy.  In spite of that, I am frustrated by the continual pricing and product errors I deal with at that store.  While that chain has the best prices in town, their poor product quality and cashier errors have cost me almost $15.00 this month alone.  I think I am going to avoid that chain for the month of September and see what it does to our budget.  I wish we had an Aldi in our community.

This week I shopped at Costco, one local chain, Dollar Tree, and Walmart.  In addition, I received an Amazon order that contained a $400 budget item.  We received some free produce from friends in the last week and a half, which we gladly scarfed down.  One friend shared tomatoes and a zucchini last week (I forgot to mention it) and another friend gave us several ears of sweet corn and a few cucumbers this weekend.  Since we did not plant a garden this summer, we are very grateful to those who shared some of their bounty with our family.  It was yummy.

And finally, I received my latest Pinch Me box of samples in the mail.  Today I got some vitamins, bandages, and pet food.


In case you are new to my weekly budgeting posts, you can read the original story here.  As always, our weekly menu is listed at the end of the post.



  • Milk (1 gal.), Almond milk (1 gal.), Tortilla chips (11 oz.), Peanut butter (28 oz.), Gluten-free bread (14.1 oz.), $13.89 after Ibotta rebate
  • Total: $13.89



  • Facial soap (4 oz.), $6.59
  • Total: $6.59

Dollar Tree

I forgot to snap a picture.

  • Pinto beans (4 lb.), $2.00
  • Total: $2.00

Local Chain


  • Salsa (32 oz.), Baked beans (28 oz.), Granola bars (8.4 oz.), Pasta (1 lb.), Tomato soup (10.75 oz.), Gluten-free pasta (12 oz.), Tortillas (2 lb.), Chicken bouillon (5 oz.), $15.87 after coupon
  • Ground beef (1 lb.), Bratwurst (14 oz.), $4.86 after coupon
  • Clementines (2 lb.), Grapes (2.35 lb.), Onions (2 lb.), Lettuce (2), Pears (2.52 lb.), Watermelon (1) Corn (1 lb.), $21.13 after Checkout 51 rebate
  • Cottage cheese (44 oz.), Eggs (3 doz.), $4.92 after coupon
  • Total: $46.78



  • Cheddar cheese (5 lb.), Butter (4 lb.), Milk (1 gal.), $25.48
  • Tortilla chips (3 lb.), Veggie straws (25 oz.), $9.43
  • Total: $34.91

Grand Total: $104.17

Total Spent in August: $387.31

I am not going to lie.  There is a very real possibility we will go over budget this month.  If we do, that money will get applied to September’s budget.  Hopefully, I can make it work.  We will see.


Toast with peanut butter, Homemade Baked Oatmeal, Muffins, Pancakes, Eggs, Cottage cheese, Fruit


Burritos, Sandwiches, Quesadillas, Fruits & veggies


Chicken & rice, lettuce salad, corn

Tacos, watermelon

Homemade Mac & Cheese, lettuce salad, watermelon

Spanish rice, lettuce salad, corn

Hamburgers, French fries, lettuce salad, baked beans

Chicken pasta salad, lettuce salad, pears

French potatoes & sausage, lettuce salad

Do you have an Aldi in your community?  Do you love it?  Let me know in an email or comment below!