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.
Mr. Crumbs took an unplanned vacation day Monday and was so awesome to help me run nearly every errand I wanted to run for the whole month. We hit up five different stores and I picked up everything I needed that was on my list. I even did my best to try to write down as much as I could when I wrote the list, so that I wouldn’t have to run back out to pick up anything that was forgotten. In theory, I don’t need anything for the rest of the month. In reality (where I live), we’ll run out of berries, bananas and probably a handful of other things. 😉
Dollar Tree – $2.00
Our first stop of the day was the Dollar Tree. I picked up garlic powder and cinnamon. Turns out they don’t carry parchment paper, wax paper or lighter fluid. At least I know that for next time!
Grocery Outlet – $8.37
Right next door to the Dollar Tree is Grocery Outlet. I’ve found some crazy good deals here before, but I stuck to my list. I picked up peptias, blueberries and buttermilk.
Walmart – $7.73
I didn’t want to go to Walmart, but we did anyway. A roll of parchment paper, two bags of brown sugar and the Walmart version of Mio made their way into my cart. I didn’t take a picture because I figured you guys could make a pretty good mental picture. 😉
Trader Joe’s – $37.86
I love Trader Joe’s, but this particular store has horrible parking and is ALWAYS packed. And not just busy-packed, I mean you must watch exactly where you’re going because if you look aside – even for a moment – you’ll run into someone. This makes shopping with two kids rough, plus is was raining outside. Not that the roof of the store was leaking, but it kinda just made the whole experience a little more harried.
I picked up eggplant, coconut oil x2, all natural hot dogs, corn on the cob x6, sunflower seeds and after sampling the coffee they had out, Mr. Crumbs put a canister of coffee beans on the counter. Not bad timing, since we just opened our last bag the day before. I don’t have a picture for Trader Joe’s either, but this time I blame crankiness and cries of hunger from the peanut gallery.
Costco – $100.80
Our last stop of the morning and well-timed. We were all getting a little restless and the samples held us over until lunch! I picked up carrots, sugar, strawberries, tomatoes, apples, flax seed, tortilla chips, grapes, chicken breasts and chocolate chip cookies. They’re not pictured, but I also got oatmeal, popcorn, sugar, apples, flax seed.
$156.76 See update below
Not too shabby!! I’m hoping that what we can really stretch what we have in the house. How awesome would it be to not just come in under budget, but to completely blow it out of the park?! And I promise that if I make any more trips this month, I’ll take pictures before I put everything away. 🙂
How are you counting crumbs this week?
UPDATE: Shortly after I finished writing this, Mr. Crumbs told me that he and the kids stopped at a local market and picked up some produce: coconut x2, mango, asparagus, spinach, limes x4, lemons x4, oranges x3 and bananas. He spent $13, so the total so far for the month is $170.26. 🙂
Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. By making a purchase through those links, you support the ministry of Crumbs without any additional cost to you. Thank you for supporting Crumbs in this way! Read my full disclosure statement here.