Tuesday, August 30, 2016

My Grocery Budget - August Update


This month was another big stock up month for me.  I stocked up the pantry, added more meat items to the freezer and bought lunchmeat, bread, chips and other items for school lunches.  I took advantage of a lot of sales, loss leader items, coupons and scoured the markdown bins to keep my spending as low as possible.


Produce and dairy made up the remainder of my shopping and as you can see I bought a lot of produce this month.  Fresh fruits and veggies just taste good this time of year when the heat is on.  We enjoyed a lot of salads and veggies with homemade dips and dressings.


Needless to say I went way over my $150.oo budget, nearly twice my budget, and perhaps I should feel a little bad about it, but I really don't.  I got so many great buys and now that we are well stocked for winter I will have no worries, especially when the heat bills sky rocket and any extra money to put towards them will be greatly appreciated.

Stock up items from the dollar store



My non-food items included cat litter, facial tissues, a few toiletries and four bottles of laundry detergent.  I purchased the detergent on sale and with coupons paid just $1.00 apiece for them!  I only spent $20.57 of my $25.00 budget. 




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

Groceries

 $$$







All Bran

        4.49


Oatmeal

      14.97
Cash & Carry

Ground beef - 10#

      23.64
Cash & Carry

Cheddar - 5#

        9.45
Cash & Carry

Coconut

        5.79
Cash & Carry

Steak

        7.15
Markdown

Steak

        4.11
Markdown

Grapes

        2.12
Sale

Lettuce

        0.99


Apples

        1.78


Onions

        0.64


Garlic

        0.44


Lettuce

        1.19


Cabbage

        1.29


Bananas

        1.36


Veggie tray

        4.99
Store Coupon

Chow mein noodles

        1.89


Vegetable oil (2)

        4.58


Milk - 1/2 gal (2)

        1.58
Store Coupon

Cereal (3)

        5.64
Sale

Cereal

        2.49


Lettuce

        0.99


Spinach

        1.99


Bananas

        1.49


Lemon

        0.89


Milk - 1 gal

        1.89
Sale

Blueberries

        2.19
Sale

Cheese puffs (2)

        1.00
Markdown

Candy (4)

        2.00
Sale

Chicken

        7.76
Sale

Chicken

        8.13
Sale

Steak

        4.25
Markdown

Steak

        5.09
Markdown

Stew meat

        2.75
Markdown

Stew meat

        2.87
Markdown

Grapes

        2.28
Sale

Tomatoes (2)

        0.51
Sale

Carrots

1.29
Sale

Beans

        2.00
Dollar Store

Hot dogs

        1.98
Sale

Hot dog buns

        0.99


Taco seasoning (3)

        1.00
Sale

Tomatoes (3)

        0.74


Onions (3)

        0.93
Sale

Lettuce (2)

        1.98
Sale

Mushrooms

        0.99
Markdown

Veggie tray

        3.99
Markdown

Cauliflower

        1.49
Markdown

Broccoli

        1.26
Sale

Bananas

        0.78


Almonds

        3.50
Sale

Milk - 1/2 gal (2)

        1.58
Sale

Orange juice

        0.79
Sale

Cream cheese (2)

        1.76
Store Coupon

Sour cream (2)

        1.76
Store Coupon

Turkey breast

        7.16
Markdown

Turkey breast

        7.16
Markdown

Peaches (5)

        5.00
Dollar Store

Pears (5)

        5.00
Dollar Store

Fruit Cocktail

        1.00
Dollar Store

Rice - 10#

        5.00
Dollar Store

Tortilla chips (2)

        2.00
Sale

Whole wheat bread (4)

        3.00
Markdown

English muffins (4)

        3.00
Markdown

Hotdog buns - 16 ct

        2.00
Markdown

Hamburger buns - 12 ct

        0.98
Markdown

Bagels - mini

        1.69
Markdown

Bagels

 FREE


Donuts

        1.49


Pasta (10)

        6.90
Store Coupon

Olives (6)

        5.28
Sale

Cheese - sliced (3)

        2.91
Store Coupon

Peanut butter (2)

        1.98
Store Coupon

Tuna (10)

        4.90
Store Coupon

Wieners (4)

        3.16
Sale

Smoked sausage

        3.99
Sale

Ham (3)

        5.37
Markdown

Chips - 32 ct (2)

      17.98
Sale






Total

 $  272.42



$272.42 ÷ 31 days ÷3 people = $2.93 per person per day!



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

This budget month runs from August 1 through August 31.



4 comments:

  1. Since your per day cost is less than 10.00 a day for 3 people I'd say you did pretty good with all the stocking up! Funny when you put it into perspective. That would be two cups of specialty coffee at Starbucks or maybe one lunch out for one person. lol. I like eating out as well as the next person but always go for deals and coupons and we eat out very infrequently because I always thing of what I can get at the grocery store with that money instead. :)
    Take care.

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    1. I do the exact same thing! But sometimes it is nice to have someone else cook and clean up. Like you I try to use coupons at restaurants or order the specials and we always just drink water. We aren't big soda people anyway so it works out just fine for us.

      Next month should be MUCH better! I don't like spending that much and yet I know it is still far less than what most people spend. I'm silly I guess.

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  2. Great job. You have done a wonderful job stocking up..
    I plan to stock my pantry more, next week. I have been buying
    freezer meats when I find them on sale, so my freezer is stocked pretty well..Just need to work on the pantry now.
    enjoy your blog.

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    1. Thank you Judy. I'm so glad you enjoy my blog. I'm feeling really ready for winter now. Hope you find some fabulous deals next week. :)

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