Friday, January 15, 2010

Back to Basics Grocery Challenge, Budget Update

I just wanted to update my grocery budget totals for the week.
Here's what my budget looked like before I went shopping
Food Budget for the Month: $450
Total Spent: $229.47
Toiletry Budget for the Month: $125
Total Spent: $45.52
This week I went shopping at Wal-Mart, Meijer, and Kroger. Here are my
"best deals" from each store.
I consider "best deals" to be the items I purchase for under $1 each.
Wal-Mart
  • Beechnut Let's Grow Meals $1.08
Used a $1 off coupon making it $0.08
  • Band-Aids Box of 40 $1.77
Used a $1 off coupon making it $0.77
Total Spent at Wal-Mart $0.97
I did not make a special trip to Wal-Mart for just these
two items. I had went to pick up other items that were
suppose to be on sale as well but were sold out.
Kroger
My best hot deal of the week in my opinion was the Glade Candle Tins, I love these and burn them frequently. Before Christmas I stocked up on $1.50 coupons that were found in the Holiday tins, and had a total of 20 of them. I found the holiday tins on closeout at Kroger for $1.74 making them just $0.24 each with the coupons. I bought 19 of them at that price, which was all they had in the scents that I like.
  • Suave Deodorant sale $1
used $0.50 coupon which they doubled making it free
  • Banquet Brown N Serve Sausage $1 (bought 10 of these)
used $0.35 coupon doubled, making them $0.30
  • Hunts Pudding 4 packs, $1 (bought 2)
used $0.30 coupon doubled, making them $0.40
  • Birdseye Steamfresh Vegetables $1 (bought 2)
used $0.35 coupon, doubled making them $0.30
  • Pillsbury Brownie Mix, $1 (bought 3)
used $0.40 coupon, doubled making them $0.20
  • Swiss Miss Hot Chocolate, $1 (bought 2)
used save $1 on 2 coupon, making them $0.50 each
Kroger totals
Groceries: $38.77
Toiletries: $17.80
Meijer
  • Chef Boyardee Ravioli in Microwave Cup, $1.04 (bought 2)
used $0.50 coupon doubled, making them $0.04 each
  • Hunts Ketchup $1 (bought 3)
used $0.35 coupon doubled, making them $0.30 each
  • Ronzoni Smart Ones Pasta, $1
used $0.75 coupon, making it $0.25
  • Betty Crocker Frosting $1
used $0.50 coupon doubled, making it free
  • Ivory Soap 3 pack, $1.23
used $1 coupon, making it $0.23
  • Soft Soap Liquid Hand Soap, $0.99
used $0.35 coupon doubled, making it $0.29
Meijer Totals
Grocery $123.70
Toiletries $10.22
So now here are my current budget totals
Monthly Food Budget $450
Total Spent $391.94
Total Left for the month $58.06
Toiletries Budget $125
Total Spent $74.51
Total Left for the Month $50.49
The bad news is I don't have much left in my food budget but the good news is I don't have to buy anything but milk, eggs, and fresh produce for the rest of the month. I will not do a big shopping trip to the store for the rest of the month but will scan the ad's to be sure that I don't miss out on any hot deals.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for leaving a comment on my delurking post. I'm so impressed with your shopping trip! I am terrible with using coupons and they never double them around here. I could learn a lot from you!

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