$80 Per Week in 2010 — Week 26 (The Real Halfway Point)

I’m on a mission this year: spend $80 or less per week on groceries for my family of four! After reconciling all our expenses for 2009, all the while remembering the splurges during a special family celebration and replenishing of food storage, I realized I could and would do better in 2010. With the skills I’ve obtained, and the deals on some web sites I’ve discovered, “I hereby pledge to lower my food budget this year!”

A few weeks ago I claimed week 23 was the halfway point through the year.  DUH!  I’ve had a lot going on, folks.  I was brain-fried, admittedly, and sorta unaware that I did that.  Today, though, I set the record straight.  THIS was the halfway week through the year!

The fridge got much better with its cooling ability this week, after changing the door gasket; at least the temp inside was consistent from shelf to shelf.  But it was still a little high, so I was hesitant to stock up.  (A temp fix was done, and my trusty appliance guy is coming early next week; we’ve already deduced the problem.)  I’m now buying milk a gallon at a time, and did bravely buy a few yogurts.  but mostly, I took advantage of pantry and freezer staples and fresh vegs we’d eat right away.

This week for just food I spent $55.21  — well below my weekly budget.  This puts me at $260.85 under budget for the year!  I’m doing well on my efforts to make more servings for meals and have enough on-hand for healthful snacks. I’m still able to stay on budget, and even get a few treats, especially since it’s a holiday weekend.  Here’s some of what I got last week:

BagNSave:  23.20 for Bar-S turkey jumbo franks for .69 x 2 – $1/2 = .19 each.  Kraft shredded mozzarella 2/$2 w/coupon.  Oscar Mayer lunch meat 1.50 x 2 – $1/2 coupon = $1 each.  Produce.  Milk.

Aldi:  15.94 for milks, yogurt, olive oil, RTS bacon, CHOCOLATE.  12-grain bread loaves were on manager special for .85 each!!  One of us can’t do rye, so I only got a few for the freezer. 

No Frills:  16.07 for whole boneless pork loin @ 1.69/#, bottled water $1.98 – $1 coupon = .98, MaltoMeal cereals 2.49 – .75 coupons = 1.74 each, Kraft salad dressing 1.48 – $1 coupon = .48, and some ice cream topping treats.  I also got some non-food items including Suave shampoo and conditioners for .79.

My stepped-up efforts to keep growing tummies full have been successful, for the most part.  There’s a learning curve, after all.  Six pork chops instead of 4, or 3/4 of the mac n cheese instead of just half.  Using bigger pans and bowls is helping, because I am a visual person and a “get it done” person; filling the larger pan results in more food on the table.  Also, because it’s summer and the guys are home much more than I expected, the fruit and other snacks are disappearing quickly.  Not having dairy around puts a little crimp in the protien variety, but I sure am glad I stocked up on those jars of peanut butter for .88 at BagNSave a few weeks back!

How are YOU doing halfway through the year?  (I’m pretty proud of my $250 savings, $50 of which was used for a family membership at the SAS Museum.) 


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