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.
It’s the end of week 2 and I have $63.33 left for the month. You can see how I spent the other $236.67 last week here.
I was trying hard to keep my purchases in mind this week. I don’t think I did great, but I focused on produce and necessities. Yes, I consider pita chips a necessity. 🙂
Savemart – $13.18
With all the smoothies we’re going through, I needed to stock up on bananas and spinach. I weighed the bundled spinach (found by the lettuces) and compared the prices to the bagged spinach. Bagged spinach was $1.99 (or more) for 9oz. The bundled spinach was $1.99 for 16oz. Doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure that one out! I also picked up more mangos. Next to bananas, they’re the cheapest fruit in season (and a new favorite of the Boy’s).
bananas, 5.82lb – 4.60
basil – 1.99
red leaf lettuce – 1.29
mangos x4 – 1.32
spinach, 2lb – 3.98
Great Deal – mangos and spinach. I’m going to be watching the prices for the fresh bundled spinach instead of the bagged from here on out. It’s going into a smoothie anyway, so I don’t care if it has stems.
Decent Deal – bananas, lettuce, basil
Not So Great Deal – none
Costco – $20.46
I went shopping with a friend and it was my prime opportunity for more Craisins and pita chips since they’re both on sale this month.
KS contact solution – 8.99
pita chips – 3.69
craisins – 4.79
apples – 6.49
Great Deal – pita chips, craisins. Same reasons as last week. I still haven’t opened either bag and I’m making it a personal goal not to until the grocery budget resets (to make the most of these purchases).
Decent Deal – apples, contact solution. We’re picky about the brand of solution we use, but even at Costco the stuff is expensive. Two 16oz bottles of Opti-Free Replenish are $20.99 and I was able to three bottles of the same size for less than half as much. I need to actually try the solution before I put it into the “great” category, but if it’s just as nice as the name-brand, this is by far an excellent deal.
Not So Great Deal – none
Savemart – $9.78
More mangos, lol. Don’t laugh at me! These things are SO GOOD in smoothies. I’m trying a different variation each morning (look for another 7 day post soon), but with the Boy wanting a mango each morning, it’s so hard to say no for 33 cents each! They’ll be out of season soon, so I’m just enjoying them while we can. I also caught the produce-stocker guy at the perfect time. He crammed as many bananas into a bag for me and the whole bag is a flat price. After I counted the bananas when I got home, they came out to only 8 cents a piece!
mangos x10 – 3.30
bananas x18 – 1.49
half & half – 2.49
store brand wing sauce – 2.50
Great Deal – mangos and bananas baby!
Decent Deal – wing sauce. I usually buy Franks but the store brand was slightly cheaper. I thought I’d give it a whirl and see how it tastes. I’ll buy this at either Target or Walmart if it’s not so good.
Not So Great Deal – half & half. I paid less at Trader Joe’s last week and I know I can get a half gallon at Costco for $2.69. I wasn’t sure how much we’d go through at the start of the month, but considering I’m on our second quart already, I’m safe to buy half gallons at a time. This is going on the Costco list when we run out of what we have.
July Total So Far – $280.09
I know I don’t have much wiggle room, but I’m thinking positive. I have TONS of bananas and mangos. I have a half bag of frozen fruits in the freezer. Despite filling up my dehydrator and two large ziploc containers of watermelon, I STILL have some left to chop up. I have a very short list of items for the remainder of the month and if I run out, I’m substituting! I can do this!