I’m not quite sure why the shopping trips posts fell by the wayside in September, but they did. And now they’re back!
Also, I’m not sure if it’s the rising prices in food, the extra snacks that I have to send to school everyday, or the boys just growing up, but the grocery budget was getting pinched out these past few months…so we decided to up it to $80/week for now…to see if that’s a better number for our growing family!
The more expensive dairy free products like the almond milk, special cheese for grilled cheeses, and special dairy free/soy free margarine that I use for the boys sure puts a dent into the overall budget each month. But I’ll still be challenged to keep the weekly spending to $80 a week now!
Also, picked up the ingredients for the homemade dishwashing detergent. I mixed up a tiny portion before even unloading the groceries because we had a PILE in the sink and a full load waiting to be run. I wanted to get it going straight away so I could get things cleaned up in the kitchen after unloading groceries and fixing lunch!
In addition to what you see below, I picked up 2 bottles of $2.49 olive oil from CVS, using the $1.50 coupon from Red Plum Dash the other day. This is included in the total below.
Homemade Dishwashing Detergent
- Borax – $3.09
- Super washing soda – $3.89
- Lemonade, sugar free, drink mix – $2.04
- Lemi-Shine, rinse aid – $5.29
- Epsom salts (I already had an almost full bag for soaking after long training runs. I didn’t buy a new one for this.)
We had quite a bit of produce leftover from last week, so I just got some bananas, strawberries, sweet potatoes and frozen veggie mixes.
This week was a big meat sale, so I stocked up…
- 2 boneless skinless chicken thighs
- 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
- 1 pkg ground round
- 1 large pkg pork chops (3 meals worth for us!)
- Windex refill
Total spent at Kroger & CVS: $82.84
(Thankfully I had enough change left in my coin purse to not have to break into the other cash envelopes!)
Total for the month: $82.84
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!