Normally my grocery shopping is my “me time” and it happens on Fridays. This weekend however I couldn’t do it until Sunday. I had hoped my sister would be able to come over to watch the boys while I shopped (Nick works on Sundays of course), but she called me at 9am to say that she was sick and didn’t want to infect the boys.
I looked at my lists and looked at my boys and decided to go for it. I’m proud to say we went into 3 different stores, got everything on my lists, had zero melt-downs and had it all done in 90 minutes! Yeah, I felt like superwoman by the end of it.
So what did I buy and how much did I spend? Today I spent $64.86 before tax and got all this…
Whole Milk – 2 gallons
Skim Milk – 1 gallon
Bread – 2 loaves
Bananas – 4.5 pounds
Brown Sugar – 2 pound bag
White Sugar – 5 pound bag
Baby Carrots – 2 one pound bags
Egg Noodles – 1 pound
Coke Zero – 2 ltr bottle
Deli Ham – 1 pound
Edy’s Ice Cream
Frozen Veggies – 3 one pound bags
Coco Pebbles Cereal
Kraft Salad Dressing – 2 bottles
Taco Seasoning packet
Ketchup – 1 bottle
Avocado – 2
Fresh Blueberries – 18oz
Gillette Shaving Cream
Dozen Large Eggs
Lite Sour Cream – 16oz
Cocoa Puffs Cereal
Golden Grahams Cereal
Wheat Thin Crackers
Red, Seedless Grapes – 3.3 pounds
Red Leaf Lettuce
Roma Tomatoes – 1.32 pounds
Whole Chicken – 2 of them for a total of 9 pounds
In addition to today’s shopping trip, we also went to Sam’s Club yesterday for our once a month stock up on a few select items. While there we bought the following: 9 pound box of oatmeal, 4 pound box of Goldfish, 6 pound can of pineapple chunks (the boys LOVE these!), 5 pound brick of cheddar cheese, 2 large bottles of apple juice and a large box of french toast sticks. We spent $42 at Sam’s and that will be the only time we go there this month.
So between yesterday and today I’ve spent about $110 of my $310 budget for the month. This isn’t too bad considering much of the stuff bought at Sam’s will last us the whole month and I have such a good stock pile of stuff here at home already (thanks to The Grocery Game) that it should be fairly easy to spend only about $40-50 on my future shopping trips. It is typical for me to spend 1/3 of my budget at the beginning of the month, due to the Sam’s Club stock up.
My biggest thrill of the weekend was buying the Triscuits and Wheat Thins for only .88 a box! That’s right… 88 cents! Normally these boxes retail for $3.49 a piece, but they were on sale for $1.88 a piece. Plus I had a coupon for $2 off 2 boxes, saving me 75% off regular retail!
Total cost before tax, sales and coupons: $110.46
Total paid before tax: $64.86
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