$80 Per Week in 2010 — Week 47

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!”

Just five more weeks in the year.  Five weeks during which I am going to scrimp like there’s no tomorrow.  Why?  Because we have provisions to last a looong time (unlike this time last year), and my time will be really limited.  I’ve been able to get great deals this fall (enough to give away several bags of pantry supplies), and I just need to get stuff we run out of.  Or super crazy deals.

This week for just food I spent $29.17!  This is great — and even in a holiday week.   This puts me at $451.92 UNDER budget for the year!   Here’s where my dollars went:

Aldi:  Milk still 1.79/gallon.  Just a few things to finish up the Thanksgiving menu, and our list (read: “we’re out!”) items.  Total for food:  14.74

NoFrills:  Some PM deals, mostly, and produce.  Total for food:  11.16

Baker’s:  Peppermint extract and orange juice (not used together!).  Total for food:  3.37

Here’s a new wrinkle.  I have a new work assignment that takes me to 5 pm, M-F, starting Monday.  This is an indefinite assignment, and could go past the first of the year.  It’s all good.  Just a little maneuvering of the foodstuffs, though, and I am so prepared!  I am blessed to have a programmable oven, a few Crock Pots, and a family that knows how to help in the kitchen.  (And I am truly blessed to have friends and acquaintances to pick up my kids!)  I’ve got my menus planned, and that’s a big relief.  So, another adventure begins.  My grocery-getting is going to have to be done mostly on weekends, which isn’t anything I am used to at all.  But that’s okay, because we won’t really need much in the next month or so.  My grocery spending should go waaaay down.  Stay tuned.

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