Wednesday is my main shopping day. My official 2016 weekly grocery budget is $100/wk for 4 people (2 adults, 2 teens) but I really aim to spend $50 or less. However, this summer I'm actually only feeding 1 teen as my daughter is in California.
Let's see how I did!
Budget for the week: $100.00
Total OOP: $55.96
Rebates expected: $4.24
Total spent after rebates: $51.72
Money left in budget: $48.28
A note: I've been doing well with my grocery budget this month. However, our eating out/ordering expenses are through the roof for various reasons. I was thinking about that while driving home today, but you know what I decided? I'm not going to worry about it. I will keep on disclosing how much we spend on that every month because I feel that I don't tell the true story of how much we spend on food if I don't include the eating out/ordering in portion of it. But: those are not expenses that we cannot afford and we do enjoy going out to eat and I do get tired of cooking. So, even though some of the expenses are due to me being lazy (and Greg not being willing to step in and cook!), I'm going to stop moaning about it and make my peace with it. If our financial situation changes and we can no longer afford to spend so much on food, then we will go back to trying to eat out as little as possible.
Baking Supplies: $3.58 OOP
- I didn't strictly need these this week but I always get nervous when I'm low on sugar and chocolate chips, even though I don't really want to bake these days, so I stocked up :)
- 4 lbs white sugar (Aldi) @ $1.79
- 1 bag mini chocolate chips (Aldi) @ $1.79
Beverages: $0.00 OOP
- None needed
Breads/Baked Goods: $1.70 OOP
- I could probably have gotten away with just one loaf but Greg and our son sometimes snack on PBJs and if I have to go to Publix (the closest grocery store) to get a loaf, it's at least $1.50 so I got two just to be "safe".
- 2 loaves white bread (Aldi) @ $0.85 each = $1.70
- None needed
Dairy: $10.07 OOP
- I didn't feel like driving to CVS so I bought milk at Aldi. But it was actually cheaper at CVS this week AND it would have been free to me since I have a gift card. Oh well.
- 1 gallon whole milk (Aldi) @ $3.19
- 1 container light sour cream (Aldi) @ $1.29
- 10 cups yogurts (Aldi) @ $0.39 each = 3.90
- 1 package American cheese singles (Aldi) @ $1.69
- 24-oz jar mild chunky salsa (Aldi) @ $1.89
- 1 box mac & cheese (Save A Lot) @ $0.39
- My fridge looked very empty and I felt guilty for not having cooked a lot of vegetables (or cooked, period!) recently, so I loaded up. I need to make sure we have no waste, though.
- Speaking of waste, I couldn't resist the cherries on clearance. Yes, they weren't that good when I got them at Save A Lot the last time and actually, I just had to throw away about 1 lb of them that had rotten in my fridge. But $0.99 a lb... so I think that I'll pit them and freeze them to use in a clafoutis. Or maybe I'll make a clafoutis this week.
- I was absent-minded and didn't take notice that Gala apples were on sale at Save A Lot for $2.99 or I would have bought that instead of getting the Red Delicious at Aldi :(
- I had wanted the butter lettuce but the $1.49 bag was only 6 oz which looked puny to me. So I grabbed the Romaine hearts instead. Later on I wanted to switch them for a hydroponic Boston lettuce, which was also $1.99 but kind of buttery, but the aisle was too crowded so I just bought the Romaine. I've had a recent failure with lettuce so I need to make a concerted effort to use it all up this time.
- The strawberries don't look great so I'll probably make a strawberry summer cake or two. I think I might dehydrate some of them too.
- 1.73 lbs cherries (Save A Lot), on clearance @ $0.99/lb = $1.71
- 3 ears corn (Save A Lot) @ $1.00/3
- 3 lbs Red Delicious apples (Aldi) @ $3.79
- 2.79 lbs bananas (Aldi) @ $0.44/lb = $1.23
- 3 Romaine hearts (Aldi) @ $1.99
- 24 oz zucchini (Aldi) @ $1.79
- 1 HUGE cucumber (Aldi) @ $0.59
- 4 plums (Aldi) @ $0.29 each = $1.16
- 2 avocadoes (Aldi) @ $0.99 each = $1.98
- 1 package broccoli crowns (Aldi) @ $1.69
- 1 package portobello caps (Aldi) @ $1.99
- 2 lbs strawberries (Aldi) @ $1.29 each = $2.58
- 2 pints blueberries (Aldi) @ $0.99 each = $1.98, and received $0.25 back from Checkout 51 = $1.73
- I realized, after buying the eggs at Aldi, that Publix had them on sale for $0.99 each. I could have also gotten them for free at CVS, where they are on sale for $1.49 this week, because I have a $3 ECB.
- Again, I cannot resist clearance stickers! I didn't need any meat, but at those prices, I couldn't really pass them up.
- 2 dozens large eggs (Aldi) @ $1.19 each = $2.38
- 2 lbs 80 % lean ground beef (Save A Lot), on 50% clearance @ $2.80
- 2 packages Jennie-O turkey bratwurst (Save A Lot, on 50% clearance @ $1.90 each = $3.80
Snacks: $6.12 OOP and should get $2.99 back from Saving Star and $1.25 back from MobiSave
- I'm nervous about the rebates off the PopCorners because even though SavingStar and MobiSave both show that I submitted the receipt, I haven't gotten communication about it. It's highly unusual for MobiSave, that has always emailed me and credited my account within seconds of my submission! The chips are OK. They're a little too buttery for me, and for some reason that's making me nauseous today. Greg liked them OK. We'd never pay $2.99 for those, though.
- I didn't need to buy the peanut butter crackers as we already had 2 packages in the pantry. I should have checked and not assumed that my son had eaten all of them.
- I got the sour worms and Swiss rolls for my son.
- 1 bag PopCorners (Publix) @ $2.99 and submitted for a $2.99 rebate from SavingStar and $1.25 rebate from MobiSave so eventual MONEYMAKER.
- 1 box Swiss rolls (Aldi) @ $1.29
- 1 package peanut butter crackers (Aldi) @ $0.89
- 1 bag sour worms (Aldi) @ $0.95
Did you get any great deals at the grocery store this week? Please link up or share your finds in the comments :)