My grocery budget is $300 each month for a family of four – two adults and two kids. This real food budget includes food, toiletries, household items as well as health & beauty products. Each week I crunch the numbers to see where I stand. Today marks the end of week two. Read about week one here.
Having all the meat required for the meals that we have planned for the month has made shopping really easy so far. It’s freed up some dough to stockpile other necessities… like toilet paper and pepperoni. 🙂
There are quite a few receipts to cover, so let’s jump right on in.
Target – $82.95
Remember how…oh, one month or so ago… when I shared my story of being in a coupon addiction recovery program?
Since this blog is full disclosure, I need to confess that I’m back in the habit… BUT with one big exception – I’m not going overboard nor insane. There are three restrictions in place in order to prevent a repeat of the former addictive two years.
- No newspaper subscriptions. Coupons can only be printed or sent to me via snail mail.
- Only coupons for real food or actual household items can be redeemed. No Poise or Depends undergarments nor HFCS-filled Smuckers jelly allowed.
- Thy must not freak out if a cashier missed a coupon or if thy forgot a coupon or if thy miss a sale.
If I can’t follow those rules, I’m revoking my coupon privileges. 😉
Oh yeah, please pardon the randomness of the photos. A couple of these stops were on the same day and the whole family was unloading at the same time. I did my best to snap quickly before the kiddos starting being “big helpers” and putting things away.
Hunts canned tomatoes x8, .74
MP cannellini beans x2, .74
Archer Farms (AF) half gallon milk, 3.59
Fage single yogurt, 1
AF organic butter x2, 4.79
AF Coffee x2, 5.39
MP Frozen Veggies x8, .94
Glade candles & room spray x5, 1.19
Canned tomatoes to restock our pantry (plus the various recipes requiring them), beans for Hearty Minestrone Soup, milk for kefir and yogurt, single yogurt because I forgot to save some as a starter from my last batch (doh!), butter for the pantry, coffee for the pantry, frozen vegetables for some recipes and some to stockpile, candles to make my home smell like Christmas. 🙂
Deals Worth Mentioning:
Tomatotes: I thought this price was better than average; however, Costco had Kirkland brand tomatoes for a couple pennies less per can. Considering the cost of ink and the mental energy that goes into using coupons, I’ll shop at Costco first next month.
Beans: I STILL haven’t found a good source for dried white beans. Some out-of-the-ordinary errands will take me to a different part of town next week. Hopefully a couple stops at a new store or two will yield a different outcome.
Candles & Miscellaneous: Target is running their annual promotion where you get a $5 gift card when you buy 5 Glade items. There was also a coupon issued last week (and again this week) that earned a $10 gift card when you spent $50… hence the two transactions. I could have bought butter and milk elsewhere, but the butter price was identical and milk was only a $1 more per gallon. In the end, I chose to buy those items now to earn the gift card for future transactions. Like the next one!
Knudsen juice, 2.99
Ocean Spray juice x2, 2.99
Mission tortillas x2, 2.54
AF half gallon milk, 3.59
Angel Soft toilet paper 12pk x3, 4.66
AF coffee x2, 5.24
Juices for Mr. Crumbs mock-Italian sodas, tortillas for enchiladas (homemade tortillas don’t work very well in that dish), more milk and coffee for the kitchen and toilet paper for bathroom business.
Deal Worth Mentioning:
Toilet Paper: the cashier didn’t scan two coupons, but per rule #3, I let it go. It was still an exceptional deal and we were down to the last roll. Seriously.
Coffee: Without hunting for deals, Grocery Outlet has the best price for coffee at $5.99 for 12oz. We’re trying another brand and got a better price than the typical lowest. Works for me, plus I earned another $10 for a future purchase. 😉
CVS – $1.64
All laundry detergent x2
This was actually done last Saturday. The 32 load bottle was on sale for $3.99. Using store rewards and two printable coupons I paid $0.82 each.
Costco – $77.09
Mineral water, 7.89
Oranges 13lbs, 7.99
Organic romaine 6ct, 3.99
Organic granny smith apples 12ct, 6.99
Half and half, 3.39
Organic Celery, 2.99
Bananas x2, 2.78
Almonds 3lb, 12.69
Mineral water for Italian sodas; oranges/apples/bananas for smoothies and snacks; lettuce/celery for lunches, salads and smoothies; half and half for coffee; Craisins for snacks, baking and lunches; almonds for snacking and lunches; pesto for sandwiches on focaccia (YUM!); garlic for cooking and mozzarella for pizzas.
Deals Worth Mentioning:
Oranges: The oranges were only $0.61 per pound – a great deal for fruit in the winter. Helps make up for the price of…
Craisins: I can’t believe the price of these! I should have bought raisins instead. They were just a hair less and they make a valid substitution. Next time those cranberries are getting booted if they’re not for sale and raisins will take the reign.
Dollar Tree – $4.34
Hormel pepperoni 3oz x6, .48
Sargento shredded cheese 3oz x2, .73
Thanks to the wonderful suggestion of you lovely readers, I used coupons to buy pepperoni and cheese at the Dollar Tree! The packages are smaller, but the price per ounce is WAY lower. Mr. Crumbs and I have also discussed reducing our pepperoni usage on Fridays and upping the veggies we put on our pies. Tonight will be the first test of this discussion… time will tell!
CVS – $3.65
Gillette fusion proglide razor
Once again, these were on sale. No coupons, but used store rewards to get two blades for under $1.82 a piece (which is under my goal of $2 each).
Costco – $32.21
Finish dishwashing detergent, 12.44
Organic carrots 10lbs, 4.49
Taco seasoning, 5.39
Organic baby kale 3lbs, 4.29
This second trip was because I forgot a few things during the first, and we had run out of a few others in the mean time. Dishwashing detergent was on sale and self-explanatory (right?), carrots for lunches and smoothies, baby kale for smoothies and soup (it’s a healthier option to spinach!), pineapple for smoothies and bananas for snacking (and smoothies).
Month-To-Date – $204.73
Not too shabby, eh? Today marks the halfway point and for the most part, my budget is sitting pretty. There will be inevitably more bananas and apples, plus a few items for our Christmas Eve and Christmas Day dinners too. I’m hoping to be able to come in at $250 for the month. To be continued…!!