Remember I thought I wasn’t going to get much this week? That did not turn out to be the case. We go through fruit like crazy people and I have definitely been splurging on things at Publix that I haven’t bought in a while.
As a reminder, we are a household of two adults, no children. My grocery budget does include toiletries and similar household items, but not pet supplies, which have their own budget. My goal is to stay at or under (preferably under) $400, and I like to shoot for an average of $60/week at “regular” grocery stores so I have a decent amount to spend at a monthly or so stock up when I visit BJs (warehouse store). This number feels pretty generous to me and I am more motivated to cook at home when there is a little more wiggle room in my budget. When I tried to keep a much tighter grocery budget, we ended up eating out a lot and that was just frustrating to me. I’m posting all this because I love to read and/or watch grocery hauls from others and I am sometimes guilty of the comparison game, where I never end out on top. But everyone has different needs and resources and, in the end, this is what works for us! 🙂
- Toilet paper (not pictured), $4.49
- White cheddar puffs, 1 bag @ $1.99
- Watermelon, 1 @ $2.69
- Spinach, 8oz @ $1.79
- Green onions, 1 pkg @ $.99
- Red grapes, 2lbs @ $.99/lb
- Tuna, 3 cans @ $.99/ea
- Bread, 1 loaf @ $1.79
- Crushed tomatoes, 28oz can @ $.95
- Half and half, 1 qt @ $1.89
- Aluminum foil, 75′ @ $1.99
- Bananas, 2.43lb @ $.44/lb
- Tomatoes, 1 lb @ $1.29
- Strawberries, 2lbs @ $1.29/lb
I remembered to get bread this week, so that’s good. I wanted spinach for my smoothies and it turns out that spinach is a little cheaper at Winn Dixie, but I didn’t feel like stopping there today so just grabbed a bag from Aldi (the difference is minimal, $.04/bag). My husband is sneaky (read: he doesn’t tell me about it) with his tuna consumption, so today I noticed that we were out. I picked up a few cans and will plan on a larger stock up later this month or maybe next month. Tuna is a decent thing to have on hand during hurricane season, since it can just be opened and eaten without any prep. Unlike canned chicken, we both really like tuna, too. I have no idea if this is a good price on aluminum foil or not–when Michael’s grandmother passed she had a TON of random boxes of foil, waxed paper, saran wrap and so on. She passed away in 2011 and I only just ran out of foil. I don’t use it a ton, but still…that’s a lot of foil! Hopefully this isn’t the super thin kind. I noticed today that Aldi theoretically had plain kefir but there was none on the shelf. That is the first time I have even seen the plain version there, usually it’s strawberry or blueberry or some seasonal flavor.
- Noosa yogurt, 2 @ $2.00/ea
- Chobani yogurt, 4 @ $1.00/ea
- Turkey lunch meat, .5lb @ $8.99/lb
- Ice cream, half gallon @ $3.50
- Chocolate bars, 2 pkgs @ $4.99
- Pretzels, 2 1lb bags @ $3.49
- Great grains cereal, 2 boxes @ $3.99
Gah. This stuff is almost all “want” and very little “need.” I picked up the turkey lunch meat at my husband’s request — he doesn’t care for the pre-packaged stuff (neither do I, frankly). The noosa yogurt is complete dessert for me — it’s whole milk yogurt with these fantastic fruit flavorings and it’s just so delicious. The Chobani is for Michael as I felt a little bad buying myself yogurt and leaving him out, especially as he really does like this kind. Great Grains were BOGO and a little change of pace from oatmeal. The chocolate bars are a rain check item from last week and are the primary reason I visited Publix this week. Ice cream because…my hormones made me do it. That is all. And that is the truth!
- Worcestershire sauce, 2 10oz bottles @ $1.99
- Kefir, 3 32oz bottles @ $3.00/ea
- Grape juice, 2 64oz bottles @ $3.95
- Vegetable oil, 2 @ $2.00/ea
I use Worcestershire sauce a lot so was happy to see a sale. This brand is not as famous as Lea and Perrins but suits my needs just fine. 😉 I also picked up some vegetable oil. I can get a better price on the really large containers but those are hard for us to use up in a timely manner so I stick with this pantry size. I love grape juice and splurge on it every so often when it is on BOGO. Finally, I’ve been trying to pay attention to where I can find plain kefir at a reasonable price. I had mentioned to Nathalie in a comment that $3 is a good price for kefir–actually I can find the flavored kefir at Aldi and BJs for less, but I prefer plain as there is no added sugar. I get enough sugar in my diet! I have really noticed improved health since drinking this regularly, so I’m willing to invest the dollars this way. Also, Anne mentioned that she makes her own and I am toying with that idea as well.
Weekly Total: $77.12
I have spent almost $200 so far this month and we’re not even ten days in. But we do now have a lot of food on hand AND I’m recommitting to not buying so much junk food. It’s not good for us and I can easily make granola, chex mix and cookies at home if we need something.