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. I started this week with $219.53 spent of my $300 monthly budget including food, household items and toiletries. Each week I crunch the numbers to see where I stand. Today marks the end of the month. Here are weeks one, two, and three.
Would it be weird to say that I like pantry challenges? It’s been a fun four weeks, coming up with new ways to use some of the random stuff in the pantry and fridge. It’s more fun when the recipe turns out (mini-cornbread muffins, Spanish rice, tex-mex black bean dip and pesto risotto) than when it doesn’t (*cough*honey quinoa bread*cough*), but hey – I can’t win them all.
It’s also refreshing to realize that you can make a lot of the things we typically buy at the store from scratch instead. And it’s very nice to see extra low numbers in the grocery budget!
So I cleaned out my purse this week and found something interesting…
But a quick side note – how is it that purses somehow seem to get REALLY heavy – almost overnight – when there’s only a receipt or two extra inside? One of life’s mysteries I guess…
Anyway, after tossing some expired coupons and finding chapstick that I thought I had lost on an airplane (back in December… I really should clean this thing out more often!), I found two receipts for the past two weeks that I hadn’t accounted for in our budget.
See! I told you it would probably happen again!
Savemart – $3.81
Mission Artisan Ancient Grain Tortillas – 2.39
Yellow Onion x2 – 1.42
This is from two weeks ago when Mr. Crumbs picked fajitas for dinner. I don’t know how I forgot to include this one, but I’m gonna go with “the little monster that hides at the bottom of my purse was hiding it.”
These tortillas are really, really good. They don’t have hydrogenated oil and they’re full of natural grains like quinoa, millet, amaranth, sorghum and teff. So, so tasty! These are also the same tortillas I used to make chicken verde enchiladas… the first time. They are a little pricey, but if you’re looking for whole grain tortillas without having to make them yourself, these are worth it.
Savemart – $3.59
Another trip, but this was a one-item stop for ice cream. Remember when I tried to sneak black beans into brownies without Mr. Crumbs knowing? Well this is the trip that I was talking about. Don’t know how this one slipped my mind… ahem.
Asian Market – 1.81
We ran out of spinach earlier in the week, plus I needed parsley and wanted some ginger for smoothies. I don’t know what the individual prices were – all that I had on the receipt was my total for the transaction. However, I did realize (after I got home) that I needed parsley instead of cilantro… go figure!
August Pantry Challenge Final Total – $228.74
If you could close your eyes for a moment and picture a short, pale, reddish-blonde-haired woman jumping up and down and spinning in circles with her arms waving wildly in the air – without making a sound – that would be me. I’d be screaming at the top of my lungs if it weren’t for the kids napping the next room over. 😉
Seriously, I am SO excited to see our final pantry challenge numbers so low. I went into the challenge over-confident, thinking that I could spend $100 or less for the entire month. All that did was set me up for failure. A realistic goal truly is saving 20-25% of the total budget as I saved 24%, nearly on the dollar.
What am I going to do with the savings? We’re not going out to eat, that’s for sure!!
Find the previous part of the pantry challenge HERE.