My grocery budget is $330 each month, including food, household items and toiletries. Each week I crunch the numbers to see where I stand. Today marks the end of the month. You can read about the halfway point here, where I spent the first $214.84 of my budget.
I ended the two week mark with “we’ll see what happens,” and looking back I probably should have said let’s see what doesn’t happen. There really wasn’t a whole lot of shopping these past two weeks! The big Costco shopping trip at the beginning kinda scared me into thinking my budget was tight (I was too lazy to add up the numbers at the time.) Staying out of the stores is definitely a good thing for my budget, but it kinda makes me feel like I’ve been feeding my family random scraps from the bottom of the refrigerator drawer.
Note to self to make sure Mr. Crumbs didn’t feel this way…
Farmer’s Market – $12
The kids and I like to go to one of the farmers market on Fridays. Most of the vendors are local and sell organic produce. There’s even a grass-fed beef guy and a pastured pork dude too.
Remember how my grandma was in town earlier in the month? Well she left us a gift card to Safeway, so I stocked up on cheese and some other items that were on my grocery list. Since we didn’t pay for those out of pocket, I completely splurged on berries at the market. We got two pints of strawberries and one pint of blueberries, both organic. Berry season is coming, but this was quite a splurge! I surely hope prices come down as the season kicks into full gear, otherwise we’re sticking with the frozen variety.
We also bought roughly 7 pounds of organic gala apples for around $1/lb. I had full intentions of making applesauce with the slightly deformed ones, but my ravenous kids said otherwise. Throwing caution to the wind, they ate them down to the cores, weird splotches included.
Costco – $56.39
Bananas x2, 1.39
Taylor Farms Organic Baby Kale 1.5lbs, 4.49
Kerrygold Butter 24oz x2, 6.79
Stacy’s Pita Chips, 3.69
Organic Celery, 2.99
Kerrygold Cheddar 2lb, 12.99
English Cucumbers 3pk, 3.89
Clementines 5lb, 5.99
My apologies for no picture – I really thought I took one but now I can’t find it. I do remember setting everything up on the counter, but maybe I got side tracked and didn’t actually take the picture? Anyway, I’m sorry!
A few months back Mr. Crumbs and I were reading the labels of juice and found that many contained high-fructose corn syrup. Since adding toxins to our food wasn’t exactly what we are aiming for, Mr. Crumbs has opted to squeeze fresh lime juice into his sparkling waters instead. We definitely go through more limes now, but I’d rather eat those than the juice anyway.
Bananas, celery, kale and Clementines are part of the usual stock up for snacks and smoothies. Stacy’s pita chips were an impulse buy because they were on sale ($2 off!), but there’s still plenty of garbanzo beans in the freezer from the last trip so they were a perfect fit for homemade hummus (although I plan on taking ya’lls advice and make my own tahini when I run out).
As you may remember, Costco was out of my beloved Kerrygold butter earlier this year and I was told that they weren’t going to carry it again until November.
I nearly cried.
So then you can imagine my excitement when I saw IT WAS BACK ! I grabbed two boxes and SERIOUSLY contemplated a third. I mean, there was no guarantee it was going to come back.
One week it’s there.
The next week it’s gone.
And then it’s back again.
My butter-loving heart can only take so much stress! 🙂
I’ll continue to buy organic butter for baking (since it’s a hair cheaper), but we’ll be using delicious Kerrygold for straight consumption as long as we have it!
The Kerrygold cheddar was for both snacking and meals. My son isn’t a huge fan of the Dubliner – or even a big cheese fan in general – but he likes cheddar and my grocery budget can’t keep up with his demands of meat. He ate three servings earlier this week. THREE! And he’s only 5!
Plus Mommy likes cheese too.
Grocery Outlet – $3.89
There was only one item in this trip and it was for organic eggs. They were out of my usual 20ct organic and pastured eggs so I took the next best thing. I hadn’t planned on buying eggs until the grocery budget reset, but Mr. Crumbs requested chocolate chip cookies. He gave me puppy eyes and I knew there was money in the budget. I caved.
Savemart – $7.32
Organic Whole Milk, 5.98
A very short trip for fresh produce for dinner that night and milk to make homemade yogurt. I finally remembered to set aside some from the first batch to make another, and that feat alone deserves a freshly baked cookie from the bakery department. 🙂
Dollar Tree – $3
Elbow Pasta 24oz, 1
Garlic Powder, 1
This trip was mainly for Easter basket goodies, but I had remembered while there that I needed garlic powder (I had reached for it earlier in the day, only unable to find any). I picked up cinnamon since we are just about out and the pasta is in case someone in my clan goes rogue from the menu plan and requests spaghetti. I’m out numbered at the mere mention of the word, so buying pasta is a self-defense mechanism.
Grocery Outlet – $6.99
Grocery Outlet is literally next door to Dollar Tree. I had no need to shop here, but being sans kids made it hard to stay away. Every time I’m here I check for butter and other organic items that may be marked down. I found peanut butter again, although “all-natural” and not organic. Costco still doesn’t have the Adams back, so I’ll settle for peanuts, salt and palm oil.
Costco – $6.17
Half & Half, 3.39
Bananas x2, 1.39
A quick trip for creamer and bananas. Staples my friends. Don’t want to disrupt the husband’s morning coffee and smoothie ritual.
Savemart – $3.98
Johnsonville Ground Pork, 1.99 (reduced)
I really only needed basil, but like Grocery Outlet, I always scan the store for marked down meat and produce. Nothing in the way of fruits and vegetables, and pickings in the meat were slim, but I did find the ground pork priced at $3.99 with a $2 off sticker. We use 1/2 pound in our spaghetti sauce so it’s a good find for sure, especially since we’re upgrading to grass-fed ground beef in the next batch. The $2 saved now will help off-set the cost later.
Total Month-To-Date: $321.58
Whew, I came in under budget with $8.42 to spare. Kinda makes me want to treat the family to tacos, lol. Coming in at budget rarely happens, so coming in under is something to celebrate (although it completely wouldn’t have been possible if it weren’t for my very generous grandma.) Nana – I dedicate this edition of Counting Crumbs to you!