I started the month with my usual $800 in cash, and went shopping last Saturday (when my beloved van finally came home from the shop!) I went to three stores last week: the local Kroger on Friday, where I spent $120, thinking my van might not be home till the following week and really needing some foodstuffs; Aldi, where I spent another $60, but on things that I expect to keep us for the whole month; and the Commissary, where I purchased the remaining items on my list for the week, but also a bag of dog food, which I do not consider part of my grocery budget, but I paid cash for it anyway. I have $525 left for the month.
Here’s what we ate for the week, which is only slightly different from what we planned to eat. There was an incident on Tuesday. I don’t plan lunch. We either have sandwiches or leftovers.
|F||Eggs Benedict Casserole||Mushroom Burgers w/ onion gravy, mashed potatoes and green beans|
|Su||Bagels, then Apple Fritters after Mass||Baked Ham, sweet potatoes, green beans|
|M||Apple Raisin Oatmeal||Monterey Beans and Rice|
|T||Ham and Eggs||Creamy Broccoli and Cheese Soup|
|W||French Toast||Liver with bacon and onion, fried potatoes, green beans|
|Th||Eggs||BBQ Pork chops, parmesan noodles, carrots|
I’ve got a new menu plan and a new list to go shopping for today! I intend to go to the Commissary and Kroger and spend less than a hundred dollars. We’ll see how that goes.
How’d you do this week?
I went slightly over budget this week, because there was a sale on Old El Paso items at the commissary. I bought 24 cans of refried beans, 18 jars of salsa, and 8 cans of diced chili peppers for $16.82. Total cost this week was $111.50, so I would have been under if not for the beans.
Remember, I don’t have to buy meat, eggs or milk, but the amount I spend feeding livestock and paying the butcher is included in my grocery budget for a more accurate cost assessment.