Kroger Shopping Trip – The “5th Week” Edition

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on August 30, 2011

Shopping with the $5 Dinner Mom

I think of our grocery budget in monthly terms. I get $300 a month to spend on groceries. I put it all into cash envelopes…and I spend an average of $75 per week for all our grocery needs.

Then a month like this one comes along…when there are 5 “shopping weeks.” I shop every Monday, without fail. (Except holidays.) And generally there are 4 Mondays in a month…so my $300 a month scenario works. But this month really threw me…was it 4 weeks, 5 weeks?! Do I push yesterday’s trip into the September budget.

I ended up pulling out enough for $375 for the entire month. And then I ended up borrowing a few dollars from another cash envelope. (Here’s hoping for not having to do that in September!)

With the exception of the deodorant, this was pretty much a produce, milk, bread and eggs haul. It’s been a while since I bought deodorant and our stockpile has dwindled down to the last containers…so this deal is great timing. It’s not “free deodorant,” but it will do for now!

And I found a no sugar 100% whole wheat bread! Perfect for my challenge…that I plan to continue (for the most part) into September. Yay!

Kroger

*HOT DEALS*

  • 8 $.49 deodorant – $1.99 sale – $1 promotion – 4 $1/2 coupons from this weekend’s P&G insert

Free

  • Box Ronzoni Garden pasta – $1 sale plus $1 newspaper coupon

Otherwise…nothing more exciting!!!

Total spent at Kroger: $56.72

Total for the month: $324.99 + $56.72 = $381.71 (I had just enough extra cash in another cash envelope to cover the $6 difference! *sigh*)

My grocery store’s ad scan and my “Shopping FAQ!”

Thanks to Andrea at Savings Lifestyle and Marcy at Stretching a Buck for posting the best deals and coupon matchups at my stores each week! Find the coupon match-ups for your grocery store at The Frugal Map!

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Kay August 30, 2011 at 2:36 pm

Are you finding it harder and harder to stay within budget? Grocery prices around here have gone up so much. Do you find that here are better deals when prices are high? I don’t know how people afford to shop if they are just going and throwing whatever they want into their cart. We have to shop sales or we bust the budget.

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Janet August 30, 2011 at 8:27 pm

I hear what you’re saying ,Kay.
My husband and I have easily stayed at $150/m for years but this last month it was a challenge. Thankfully there is a lot of seasonal produce available but I ‘m going to have be more vigilant than ever before!

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Sarah August 31, 2011 at 9:22 am

It seems like many products have gone up .30 to .40 cents in price. I have had a hard time keeping within the budget this month also. Having: a vegetable garden, fruit trees, raspberry bushes has helped. We are thinking of buying nut trees.

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Emily August 31, 2011 at 1:46 pm

I agree, our prices in Michigan are rising and we only shop ads unless I need some regularly-priced item to complete a recipe or restock the pantry. :( Good luck everyone on staying under budget!

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Denise August 31, 2011 at 2:09 pm

I am also having a harder time sticking to the budget. Sale prices don’t even seem like a sale. I can’t believe how prices are going up and up. I see people with buggy full and no coupons and wonder how or why they do that. Shopping sales and using coupons really help, but it seems coupon values are going down and prices are going up.

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Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom September 1, 2011 at 7:11 am

Yes Denise…I’m starting to notice the same trend. Just stick to it and spend as little as you can!!!

Erin

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