Ok. New month, new plan! Also, I’ve been running around like a crazy person to get ready for school and a trip so my posting has been light (as in…non-existent). But I hope to be back to some semblance of normal soon. Back to the new plan. I’m dropping my grocery budget to $300/month going forward. I’ve also made the decision to shop at BJs only every two months (if I can manage it). I did that for this month for August and September and I am going to split the expense over the two months. I’ll post about my BJs trip separately, though. It’s not really a huge haul so much as I don’t want to muddy the waters on this more normal trip.
Quick summary: 2 person household, both adults. $300/month. Does not include $$ toward eating out. Does include household items like toilet paper, soap, detergent, etc.
- Hot & spicy cheese crackers, 1 box @ $1.99
- Protein bars, 1 box @ $1.99
- Flour tortillas, family pack @ $1.99
- Trail mix, 1 bag @ $4.89
- Steak seasoning, 1 jar @ $.99
- Crunchy peanut butter, 1 jar @ $2.69
- Hot sauce, 1 bottle @ $1.78
- Petite diced tomatoes, 2 cans @ $.59/ea
- Diced tomatoes, 2 cans @ $.69/ea
- Fire roasted tomatoes, 2 cans @ $.89/ea
- Tomatoes w/chilis, 4 cans @ $.59/ea
Aldi, 8/3/16, cont.
- Frozen shelled edamame, 5lbs @ $1.69/lb
- Bananas, 1.73lbs @ $.29/lb
- Fudge pops, 1 box @ $1.39
- Mini cucumbers, 1lb @ $1.99
- Spinach, 1bag @ $1.79
- Red grapes, 2lbs @ $.79/lb
- Tortilla chips, 1 bag @ $1.19
I was REALLY excited to see the shelled edamame and stocked up. I’ve lately only seen the kind that is in the pod and I really prefer the shelled for convenience. So I went ahead and grabbed several bags. I also realized I was out of most of my canned tomatoes so selected several varieties to get my pantry back up to par. I find the price differences for the same size cans really interesting. The fudge pops are SO good! The crackers are for my husband who will not be vacationing with us this month and the protein bars and trail mix are for me to take along on my trip.
- Bananas, 3lbs @ $.59/lb
- Tortilla chips, 1 bag @ $2.00
- Pretzel sticks, 1 bag @ $1.99
I made this trip the same day I went to BJs. Michael had wanted bananas and they were WAY too green to get there so I stopped at Publix. Where a few salty snacks made it into my basket as well.
- Bananas, 2.33lb @ $.59/lb
- Pre-cooked bacon, 1 box @ $5.99
- Cilantro, 1 bunch @ $.89
- Jalapeno, 1 @ $.15
- Boar’s Head Black Forest Turkey, .5lb @ $5.93
- Peaches, 1.9lbs @ $1.99/lb
Bacon is a total splurge item but I so prefer this to cooking it in my kitchen, particularly if Michael wants it for sandwiches. Most of this is for Michael but I need the cilantro and jalapeno for a work party (well, for a salad I am making for a work party…). The bananas from Aldi I bought primarily to freeze but these will be for eating out of hand.
Weekly Total: $63.88
Remaining budget: $236.12
I don’t expect to spend much money next week; we split cooking dinners and I know that since the rest of my family is driving, they intend to pack a lot of the food we’ll need. So between reimbursing them and picking up a few things after leaving the airport, I really expect to be well under $50. That might not sound too great, but there will be 13 people with substantial appetites! I’m making lemon rosemary chicken skewers, couscous and chickpea pilaf and a cucumber tomato salad for my contribution, plus chocolate pudding for dessert. I also like to throw an “un-birthday” party when we’re all together, since it so rarely happens, and I’ll be making cupcakes for that event. Otherwise it’s mostly snacks and personal necessities that I need to provide. Really I think Michael will spend more on take-out while I’m gone. Since he didn’t get the time off (he’s had this requested for…9 months, so annoying), he has a little vacation fund to treat himself during this week as well. I’ll be curious to figure out the damage.