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!”
I failed, in a way. My goal was to reduce my shopping. That didn’t happen. The good side of this is that there are so many great deals out there! And, in my defense, I must say that I got only really good grocery deals this week. I didn’t get some things that I thought were great deals, too. See, I’m trying.
This week for just food I spent $81.17 — $1.17 over budget! $71.17 This puts me at $229.96 still under budget for the year! I’m hoping that what I have will take us several weeks out, with purchases of only dairy, produce, staples we run out of (like I see we’re low on brown rice), or dirt-dirt-cheap (single-digit pennies cheap) basics. I’ve got my menus planned through October, so that helps keep my mind focused on what doesn’t need to be purchased. Here’s where my money went this week:
Target: Just a few bucks got me Old El Paso taco seasoning for .12 (MQ), a ~1.5# beef loin steak for 3.19 (TQ, package Q), and a red bell pepper for .40 ($1/produce TQ). I also got some Hungry Jack boxes for .64 ($1 MQs) for the food pantry. Total for our food: 3.71
Baker’s: Cart Buster event did me in. Additionally, I got Kroger tissues .99 each, Dayquil and NyQuil 12-packs for 1.29, FREE Bounty paper towels, Minute Maid half-gallon cherry limeade $1, FREE Horizon milks, Dole bag salad .99, Eckrich smoked beef sausage for 1.69. Total for our food: 15.51
NoFrills: Thank you for price matching, NF! My cashiers, especially the guys, are always stunned to see the deals I can do. Unexpected deal: Honeysuckle White turkey breast tenderloins (enough for dinner plus a good size lunch) 3.40 – $1 MQ = 2.40. Total for our food: 45.70 35.70 (actually about $10 went to food pantry items)
Aldi: Milk is still 1.79 here, but eggs were up to 1.69/doz — ouch! I didn’t get any. Their yogurt is .37/6 oz. Grape tomatoes .79/qt. Total for food: 16.25
I’m really, really done with the stockpiling for now. I rearranged my pantries, played a little in the freezer, and decided I just can’t fit anymore food in the house. Well, I can, but I don’t want to. We have so much peanut butter, tuna, canned vegs, cereal, pasta, sauces and condiments! The freezers are bursting with meats, vegs, prepared meals, frozen entrees, bread, cheese and butter. I’ve a few dozen eggs that are still fresh. WE ARE SO BLESSED!
I am thankful that I have planned out the next several weeks’ menus — it just makes Life so much easier. The less time I have for planning and shopping (and blogging!) will need to be spent wisely. So my new goals are: 1) shop less, and 2) spend far less. Like I did at the beginning of the year.
How’d you do with YOUR grocery budget this week?