Thursday, July 28, 2016

My Grocery Budget - July Update




The month of July is typically the month I start stocking the pantry and freezer in anticipation of the upcoming winter.  I plan for this and make sure there is extra money available with the idea that I will go over budget.

Dollar store haul

This year our pantry is pretty well stocked.  I have only a handful of items on my pantry stock up list.  Because of that my primary focus was to get the little chest freezer in the garage well stocked with meat I find for sale at really good prices.  This month I found several packages of meat on sale and in the markdown bin, including steaks, and as a result our little freezer is packed full.

Ground pork and chicken on sale and marked down

I stocked up on two giant jars of peanut butter I bought on sale at Albertson's for $5 each.  We also made a trip to the Franz Bakery and stocked up on loaves of bread.  During the hot summer weather I prefer not to use our oven much and because we've had a lot of company lately it has been hard to keep bread in the house.  Going to the bakery was a good thrifty move for me.

Check out those big jars of peanut butter - $5 each!
I started the month with $150.00 and a deficit of $22.87 from the prior month and after spending $198.25 I am now $71.12 in the hole.  Not to worry however, as always, it will even out as I will spend less in the coming months.

Bakery haul

I bought a lot of fresh produce, milk and meat.  A lot of the meat went into the freezer for future meals.  I also bought more blueberries to freeze for yogurt, muffins and pancakes.  10 cans of pasta sauce went into the pantry as a big stock up item.  I also stocked up on cereal as we tend to enjoy in the summer for breakfast.

So here is the list of food I bought.  The items highlighted in red are my stock up items:

Groceries

 $$$





Rootbeer - 2 ltr (3)

       2.97
Sale
Hamburger buns

       0.88
Sale
Cashews

       3.40
Sale
Almonds

       1.49
Sale
Peaches (5)

       5.00
Dollar Store
Mandarin oranges (2)

       2.00
Dollar Store
Coconut

       1.00
Dollar Store
Apple cider vinegar

       1.00
Dollar Store
Pepperoni (2)

       2.00
Dollar Store
Chips

       1.00
Dollar Store
Vanilla wafers (2)

       2.00
Dollar Store
Mozzarella - 5#

       8.98
Cash & Carry
Parmesan

       5.73
Cash & Carry
Shrimp

     12.42
Cash & Carry
Green peppers - 6ct

       2.85
Cash & Carry
Tortillas - 40ct

       5.97
Cash & Carry
Bread (2)

       3.98
Cash & Carry
Seasoning sauce

       1.89
Cash & Carry
Olive oil

       6.39
Cash & Carry
Pot roast

       7.05
Markdown
Steak

       4.76
Markdown
Weiners (4)

       5.00
Store Coupon
Hotdog buns (2)

       1.58
Sale
Potato chips (2)

       2.00
Sale
Cheese (5)

       5.00
Sale
Mayonnaise (2)

       3.78
Sale/Coupon
Cod Fillets

     10.99
Sale
Bananas

       1.04

Tomatoes

       1.20

Corn

       1.00
Sale
Peanut butter - 64 oz. (2)

     10.00
Sale
Cheese (3)

       2.64
Store Coupon
Milk - gal

       1.88
Sale
Steak

       5.16
Markdown
Wheat rolls

       0.99
Markdown
Ground turkey (4)

       4.96
Sale/Coupon
Ground chicken (3)

       2.97
Markdown
Ground pork - 5# (2)

       4.82
Sale
Spinach

       1.54
Coupon
Coleslaw mix

       1.29

Bread 

       2.49

Tomatoes

       0.57

Lemons

       0.89

Nectarines

       1.24
Sale
Bananas

       1.13

Snap peas/baby carrots

       1.78
Markdown
Almonds

       3.44
Sale
Lunchmeat - 1# (2)

       7.00
Sale
Baked beans

       1.00
Dollar Store
Bread (2)

       2.58
Markdown
Bread (2)

       3.32
Markdown
Hamburger buns

       0.48
Markdown
Donuts

       1.48
Markdown
Cheese danish

 FREE
Markdown
Sour Cream (2)

       1.98
Sale
Milk

       1.88
Sale
Cucumber

       0.69
Sale
Green onions

       0.59
Sale
Grapes

       1.97
Sale
Spinach

       2.49

Tomatoes

       0.73

Peas & carrots - frozen

       4.09
Cash & Carry
Red potatoes

       3.65
Cash & Carry
Lettuce

       1.28
Cash & Carry
Bananas

       0.90
Cash & Carry




Total

 $ 198.25


$198.25 ÷ 31 days ÷3 people = $2.13 per person per day!

Did you stock up on anything this month?  Any super deals?

This budget month runs from July 1 through July 31.



4 comments:

  1. Wow! such good bargains on your ground meat!! We do not have markdowns like that here..lucky you! I like the $Store too. Really hot & humid here..stay cool!

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    1. No humidity here just HOT! :) We are very lucky with our markdown meats, for sure. It easily makes up 1/2 to 2/3 of our meat purchases.

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  2. Great deals, especially on the meat!

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    1. I was pretty tickled with the great buys I found on meat. Super excited.

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