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 the month. You can read about parts one, two and three.
Remember how I mentioned we’d need bananas for this week? Like clockwork, the bananas ran out. But this time, they were replenished with way more than one bunch!
Savemart – $8.48
broccoli crown x1 – .50
red onion x1 – .52
discounted bananas, approx 16lb, – 4.49
organic romaine lettuce – 2.99
I simply cannot pass up discounted produce. I’ve tried, but there must be some magnetic frugal force that sucks me in and refuses to let go. These have already been used in smoothies, eaten fresh, flash frozen and dehydrated. A few more will be turned into banana bread and a big batch of banana pancakes is planned for a friend who recently had her baby (congrats Janelle!). I know having breakfast ready for her 19 month old will be handy when she returns home with the new baby.
The broccoli and onion were for a pasta salad for dinner one night and the lettuce is for salads. I
wasn’t able forgot to take pictures, but we have about three times as many bananas as this:
Costco – $6.69
Mr. Crumbs and I were blessed with a date night last weekend (thanks Nana!) so we took our time walking through Costco (while holding hands!). He requested some juice for his mock Italian soda’s so we picked up a 2-pack of really big jugs of juice.
End of Month Total – $460.20
I knew the excess of bananas and juice would put us over, but I’m ok with that. Those bananas will go a long way in our house and Mr. Crumbs doesn’t ask for much. 100% juice doesn’t seem like something worth fighting over. 😉
How are you counting crumbs this week?