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