Grocery Budget: Second and Third Week of September 2013

It’s been a crazy, one of those I can’t seem to get anything done, weeks here at practicing frugal.  The week has been further complicated by some routine doctor and dentist appointments that seem to always come at the wrong time.

Not only that, but my to do list is over-flowing with things that need to be done, and although I try not to let it get me down, it sometimes just does.  I’m working on it though. Doing my best, cause really that’s all we can do.

I have so many things to be thankful for, that it seems silly to let things get you down. That’s what I have to remember.  I get to spend every day with two (of three) of the most special things on this earth.  We may not always have great days, but we sure do enjoy our time together.

….. and that’s what it’s about.

So now that I got that off my mind, we shall talk about groceries.

I didn’t get a regular shopping trip in, other than a Sam’s trip this weekend, so I just decided that since we had made it to almost the middle of this week, I would just get the groceries for the rest of the week plus the next (3rd & 4th week of September).

empty refrigerator

This is what the fridge looked like before I went!  I think we almost cleaned it out.  It made it much easier to tell what we had, and we didn’t even waste a thing!  We did get rather creative with some of our meals, like when hubby used evaporated milk for his oatmeal because we were out of milk.

I spent $48.18 at Sam’s on green tea, almonds, granola bars and some fruit.

I batched my grocery shopping with other errands and activities we had, so all the groceries I bought at Kroger and Walmart are in these pictures together (I didn’t get pictures of my Sam’s trip).  We got home so late that I took a picture of the cold stuff and stuff that was needed right then, leaving the rest for the morning.

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Yes I bought crayons at Kroger.  They were half price at $2.49.  That box of 64 crayons sells for $4.97 at Walmart.

The truffles will make a great school treat, and I had a coupon for $2 off.

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I spent $111.91 at Kroger.  I was able to get the yeast, bagged popcorn and frozen corn free with either free coupons sent to me or the friday free coupon you can load each friday to your shopper card.

I spent $112.58 at Walmart.  The 5 gallon jug of motor oil I bought didn’t make it in the picture.  At over $16 a jug, it’s not cheap.

My best deal was the $.99/lb grapes!  They are absolutely delicious too!

The thing I hated to spend money on was a new pair of sewing scissors (ouch) since I think mine went away to college!

So my total for the last two weeks of September is $272.67, which brings my monthly total up to $550.94.  

I’m sure I may have to pick up some more fruit or something while I am out, so I will update next week if I do.

How’s your grocery budget coming along?  What do you do when things seem to get you down?  

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Grocery Budget: Second Week of September 2013

It’s been a crazy busy week here at practicing frugal, and I just realized that I hadn’t posted grocery shopping totals for last week.  Oh my!  The weeks are just flying by!

One of the biggest questions I have always gotten from my friends is about my grocery budget and what we buy.  I admit that when I read other blogs, I love to see how much they spend as well as what they get for their money.  I find that I often get some ideas for things I would like to try or ways to save even more money.

We budget $150 a week for a family of 4-5 (oldest is in college but is home often).  This money is for food, cleaning supplies, paper products, pet food, toiletries, over the counter medicine and some car maintenance items.  I would love this amount to be lower, but while trying to include more lean choices of meat and more produce, I find that this amount is probably right where it needs to be.

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I did the bulk of my shopping at Walmart this week.  I wanted to make a stop in Kroger, had a list and all, but it just didn’t work into the plans.

Yep, those are lunchables you see.  You won’t see those in my pictures very often, but I sometimes buy them for the girls for a treat ….. and a field trip happening during a busy week.

I spent a total of $114.32 at Walmart.  Not too many deals, a pretty boring trip, other than grapes for $.99/lb (ad matched to Kroger).

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I also spent $24.30 at Dollar General, but I cannot seem to remember what I bought.

My total spent on groceries for second week of September 2013 is $138.62, which is $$11.38 under budget.

My total spent on groceries for September is under budget at $278.27.  Yipee.  Now if only a good meat sale would come around.  

How are you doing on your grocery budget?  

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Natures Own Printable Coupon

There is a great coupon for $.75/1 Natures Own Bread or Buns.  Hurry and print, I am sure it won’t last long.

Mine printed with an expiration date of 10/31/13.

Remember that you can hit your back button to print these types of coupons twice per computer.

nature's own bread

Nature’s Own is on sale this week at my local Kroger for $1.28.  This makes a loaf of bread only $.53!

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You can also get this bread for cheap at Dollar Tree.

Deal idea – print 2 coupons and buy 2 loaves of bread at these great prices.  You can always freeze one for later.

Thanks Couponing to Disney!

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Grocery Budget: First Week of September 2013

One of the biggest questions I have always gotten from my friends is about my grocery budget and what we buy.  I admit that when I read other blogs, I love to see how much they spend as well as what they get for their money.  I find that I often get some ideas for things I would like to try or ways to save even more money.

We budget $150 a week for a family of 4-5 (oldest is in college but is home often).  This money is for food, cleaning supplies, paper products, pet food, toiletries, over the counter medicine and some car maintenance items.  I would love this amount to be lower, but while trying to include more lean choices of meat and more produce, I find that this amount is probably right where it needs to be.

blackberries

I didn’t do a planned major grocery trip this week, since we still had quite a bit of food in the house from last week.  We had some busy evenings last week, so many of our meals didn’t get cooked.  Instead, we ate smaller meals, snacked and had a couple of meals out.

While we were out of the house for other reasons, I stopped to get the things we needed for the week.

We spent $45.36 at Walmart, $30.20 at Dollar General and $16.74 at The Mad Butcher.  I also used the grocery budget to pay for the couple meals we ate out, since they were not planned.  The total for the meals out was $47.35.

The total for the first week of Septemeber is $139.65.  I’m proud to still be under budget, even after including the unplanned meals in the budget.

Our unplanned meals out reminded me of how we handled eating out when we were in the midst of tackling our mountain of credit card debt.  If we ate out, the money had to come from the grocery budget.  This not only forced you to get creative if you were gonna get something to eat while you were out (hello Sam’s pizza), but it made us think more about wether it was worth it or not.  When you are faced with buying groceries or eating a couple of meals out, the meals out no longer look so good.

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Grocery Budget: Last Week of August 2013

One of the biggest questions I have always gotten from my friends is about my grocery budget and what we buy.  I admit that when I read other blogs, I love to see how much they spend as well as what they get for their money.  I find that I often get some ideas for things I would like to try or ways to save even more money.

We budget $150 a week for a family of 4-5 (oldest is in college but is home often).  This money is for food, cleaning supplies, paper products, pet food, toiletries, over the counter medicine and some car maintenance items.  I would love this amount to be lower, but while trying to include more lean choices of meat and more produce, I find that this amount is probably right where it needs to be.

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Sadly, I only have a picture of my Target trip this past week.

The good news is that I scored some great deals at Target.   I fully intended on posting these deals after I bought them for all to see and be able to do, but the last week has been pretty hectic getting ready for school and working on home projects, that I just didn’t get it done.  I promise to do better at getting these deals posted as soon as I can in case any of you want to do them too.

I was able to get everything in the picture for a total of $14.80!  Amazing.  I was so excited.

Since some of these deals are not available anymore, (the coupons and savings most likely are, but the prices may be different) I will just give a quick breakdown of what I bought and what coupons I used to show you how you can often get some great deals at target.

  • Up and Up disinfectant wipes $1.87 (saved 5% using Target Cartwheel App) Final price $1.77.
  • Girls Circo Leggings on sale for $5 (saved 15% using Target Cartwheel App) and used a Target mobile coupon for $3 off $10 on childrens clothing.  Final price $2.75.
  • Girls Circo Tunic on sale for $5, used the above $3 on $10 mobile coupon to make the final price $3.50.
  • Snickers Bites $2.66, used a $1 manufacturer coupons and a $1 Target mobile coupon for a final price of $.66.
  • Market Pantry Wafer Cookies $1.26 (saved 5% using Target Cartwheel App) and used a $1 Target mobile coupon for a final price of $.24.
  • Market Pantry Apple Juice $1.89, (saved 5% using Target Cartwheel App) and used a $1 Target mobile coupon for a final price of $.84.
  • Dasani water $1.49 for the thirsty shopper
  • Up and Up hand soap $.89 x 2 (saved 5% using Target Cartwheel App) and used a peelie coupon for $1 off 2 Up and Up hand soaps.  Final price $.34 each.
  • Gillette Series shaving cream $1.97 x 3.  I used a $6 on 3 manufacturer coupon to make $.09 on this deal.  Hubby doesn’t use shave cream, he likes shaving soap. but big girl and I could care less what our shaving cream looks or smells like.  It’s free!
  • Market Pantry Soup $1.22 x 3.  I used a $1.50/3 Target Coupon to get these for a final price of $.72 each.  These are the big cans comparable to Campbell’s Chunky Soup.
  • Index cards $.50 x 4 (saved 10% using Target Cartwheel App) and I also used a Target Mobile coupon for $1/4 Up and Up school supplies.  Final price $.22 each.  I have no idea how the Cartwheel took 12 cents off.  It should have been either 10 cents for after coupon or 20 cents for before coupon, but I have no idea how it came to 12 cents.

I also have a Target Redcard (debit) that saves me an extra 5% (recommending the Debit card only, I do not recommend credit cards) on purchases as well as giving me free shipping.

I’ll take all the savings I can get without having to use credit!

To get Target mobile coupons sent to your phone, just text the word OFFERS to 827438. You can use each mobile coupon once.  If you want to do a deal again, you can get the coupons sent to another phone in your house to do a separate transaction.

I always give the Target Cartwheel coupons to scan first, then mobile coupons and then any other coupons.  Sometimes the cartwheel takes the percent off before the mobile coupon and sometimes it take the percent off after the coupon.  I think it really has it’s own mind!

I got home quite late after buying my groceries at Kroger, and I just didn’t have it in me to take pictures.

I did spend $67.12 at Kroger on items like milk, eggs, cheese, green tea, toilet paper, noodles, garlic bread, crackers, pickles, oatmeal and a bunch of produce.  I was able to get 2 bags of cuties for $.99 each off the marked down produce rack (this is one of the only stores around here that has one) and peaches, nectarines, plums and gala apples for $.99 a pound.

Hubby spent $19.07 at Dollar General on canned chicken and baked beans.

Our grand total for the week was $100.99 which brings the total for August (5 weeks) to $759.18.  Wow that sounds like a bunch, but this month did have 5 Fridays in it!  So I ended the month over by only $9.18.  I’m glad I was able to make up for going over so much earlier this month.

GROCERY TIP ~ The best thing about a grocery fund or envelope that you contribute a set amount to each week is that what you don’t spend one week is in there for future weeks.  You can afford to go over at a later date if you have saved up some money over time in the grocery account. You can take advantage of that great meat sale or whatever else comes up.  I find this extra money is very handy at holidays when the list is a bit bigger to cook those special meals.

How are you doing with your grocery budget?  Need help or have a suggestion?  Send me an email or leave a comment.  With the price of groceries steadily going up and the size of the product going down, we all need all the help we can get.  

Grocery Budget: Fourth Week of August 2013

One of the biggest questions I have always gotten from my friends is about my grocery budget and what we buy.  I admit that when I read other blogs, I love to see how much they spend as well as what they get for their money.  I find that I often get some ideas for things I would like to try or ways to save even more money.

We budget $150 a week for a family of 4-5 (oldest is in college but is home often).  This money is for food, cleaning supplies, paper products, pet food, toiletries, over the counter medicine and some car maintenance items.  I would love this amount to be lower, but while trying to include more lean choices of meat and more produce, I find that this amount is probably right where it needs to be.

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We got to do some more ad matching at Walmart this week on the following items:

Cottage Cheese $1.99
Plums $.88
Grapes $1.29
Milk $2.99
OJ $2.50

Ad matching saved me $4.93 this week and I earned $2.00 from Ibotta.
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I had a full menu planned out to include breakfast and lunch, so this made my trip go so much smoother.  I actually was able to make sure we had all the food for each meal.

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I didn’t have as many coupons to use this week since I bought a lot more store brands.  I was able to save $4.50 with the coupons that I did use.

I spent a total of $102.12 at Walmart this week.

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We spent $6.13 at Staples on a few school supplies.

I had one more composition book (they were $.10), but big girl needed one for college.

kroger

A couple weeks ago, after checking out at Kroger, I realized I had gotten a catalina coupon for B1G1Free Green Mountain Coffee.  Since hubby was about out of his “rich man coffee”, I made a quick run in to get some with that great coupon.

I like to spend $.40 or less on each K-cup.  Sometimes it is hard, but many times I am able to meet that goal.  I purchased these 24 K-cups for $.38 after tax.

So I spent $9.00 at Kroger this week.

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….. and a mere $32.09 at Target.  (haha)  I was able to use quite a few coupons at Target which saved me well over $20.

I also included one of those items (candy thermometer) that I keep on my “list” until there is a little more room in the budget.  It’s always the things we don’t need right away that get put on this list.  So I remember I need them, but can work them into the budget as able.

My grand total for the fourth week of August is $149.34.  I am pretty excited about that! I feel like I got quite a bit of stuff this week.

So far the total spent for the month of August is $658.19.  I am still over for the month, but maybe I will bring that amount down quite a bit.  There is still one week left!

How are you doing with your grocery budget?  Does your amount spent go up or down when school starts? 

Are you familiar with Ibotta?  Would you like me to do a post about Ibotta?

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Grocery Budget: Third Week of August 2013

One of the biggest questions I have always gotten from my friends is about my grocery budget and what we buy.  I admit that when I read other blogs, I love to see how much they spend as well as what they get for their money.  I find that I often get some ideas for things I would like to try or ways to save even more money.

We budget $150 a week for a family of 4-5 (oldest is in college but is home often).  This money is for food, cleaning supplies, paper products, pet food, toiletries, over the counter medicine and some car maintenance items.  I would love this amount to be lower, but while trying to include more lean choices of meat and more produce, I find that this amount is probably right where it needs to be.

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I ended up doing all of our shopping at Walmart this week.  I didn’t have to buy any meat since we have a bunch of chicken and ground beef and chuck in the freezer as well as a couple freezer cooking meals.

This week will be busy with us getting a few projects complete in order to start our homeschool year on Monday.  We normally would’ve started this week, but we needed to get these projects complete.

I add matched another local store to get the cantaloupe for $.99, the plums for $1.25/lb and the peaches for $.88/lb and the grapes for $1.48/lb.

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I purchased more convenience items than I normally would, but when you are busy with projects, something has to give.  It’s usually homecooking and laundry that gives!

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I was able to use $10.50 in coupons and I earned $2.00 from Ibotta for purchasing the glue sticks and the toilet paper, which I was going to buy anyways.

I spent a total of $136.69 at Walmart and hubby spent $12.16 at Dollar General.

This brings the total for the third week of August to $148.85.  I am finally under budget!

My total so far for the month of August is $508.85.  I am over budget, but maybe after 2 more weeks this month it will come down a bit.

How is your grocery budget going?  What suffers when you have big projects you are working on?

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