I have been extremely ill prepared this month when it comes to grocery shopping. I wasn’t prepared for the additional costs of sucanat, maple syrup and wheat berries. I still need to check another nearby Walmart if they carry the large bags of wheat berries…because the one closest to me does not. I also spent a large portion of the budget in the beginning of the month…not knowing there would be a Mega Event sale in the middle part of the month. *sigh*
Plus my focus has been extremely divided…as I work behind the scenes to get my cookbook manuscript finished…and get ready for school, etc. I’ve had a few too many plates spinning these past 3 weeks…and I’m looking forward to settling into our new school routine and having a lighter schedule after school starts. (Yes, we are much busier in the summer than the school year!)
But I think (hope!!!) that we’ll still make it through the month on our $75/week budget. There are 5 “shopping trips” for me in August, as I usually go on Mondays…so this month’s grocery budget is $375 for all 5 weeks, that will get us through August and past Labor Day.
I’m REALLY looking forward to a fresh start in September!!!
Kroger – Last Week
- $.67 boxes Mom’s Best Natural Cereal – sugar free variety (coupon can be found here)
- Tide was just $3 per bottle after sale and coupon
- Otherwise an “uneventful” trip
Total spent at Kroger: $35.14
Walgreens Last Week
2 Purex $1.99 – used 1 $1 manu coupon from Kroger mailer and 1 $.50 newspaper coupon
2 Ziplocs $2 – used $1.25/2 manu coupon from Kroger mailer (1 for us, 1 for the preschool classroom)
Used $1 RR from crayons that I bought earlier in the week from Ryan’s school supply list. I spent less than $10 for everything on his list!!!
Total from Walgreens: $4.60
Health Food Store Last Week
Total from the health food store: $21.15
Kroger This Week – Mega Event!
You can see the complete sale list and coupon matchups over here…I got 30 items from the Mega Event list. I only intended 20, but then saw the Old El Paso tortilla for just $.99 so bought a bunch for the freezer…to use for school lunches!
I also splurged a bit and got 4 boxes of the gluten free frozen Van’s waffles. Perfect for a quick breakfast…or even as a “waffle PB sandwich” in a lunchbox!!!
And I’m amassing a crayon stockpile while they are on sale for $.25 or less…to do this (except with Christmas trees) for Christmas gifts for the kiddo’s friends this year!
Total for Kroger this week: $88ish
Total for the month: $197.25 + $35.14 + $4.60 + $88 = $324.99…leaving me with just $50 for next week…hoping to spend half of that though!
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!