$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.

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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.

Walmart

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  • 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

Amazon

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

Dollar Tree

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

Local Chain

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  • 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

Costco

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  • 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.

Breakfasts

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

Lunches

Burritos, Sandwiches, Quesadillas, Fruits & veggies

Suppers

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!