Ai-yi-yi!* I rather went over budget this week. Well, not for the whole month, but I don’t have a ton left for the last ten days of July. But I shouldn’t need it! Here’s how it went down.
I spent $9.77 at Publix for snacks that I was bringing to craft get together. It was a last minute thing and there were a lot of allergies to consider, so picking up a few things was the easiest and quickest option. I brought seltzer water, kettle corn and grapes. The kettle corn and grapes were totally consumed, but I brought extra seltzer water home. I don’t have a photo since I picked this up on my way to the event.
Then I went back to Publix on Tuesday because we were out of Parmesan cheese and bananas, plus I wanted to grab the pretzels that were on BOGO. I had coupons for the Jolly Time popcorn, which was on clearance, so they ended up being $.60/ea. I spent $10.05.
On Thursday I went to Aldi where I bought a lot of produce as well as several items for the book club dinner I hosted Friday night. I bought the graham crackers to make a lemon dream pie, but ended up making salted caramel brownies instead. Otherwise I stuck to my menu and used what I purchased (although of course there are a ton of leftovers). I spent a total of $35.87 and bought:
- blue corn tortilla chips, $1.69
- pink lady apples, 3lbs @ $4.29
- ranch dressing packet, $.49
- cheddar cheese 2 8oz pkgs @ $1.79/ea
- English muffins, $.99
- heavy cream, $1.69
- half and half, $1.79
- graham crackers, $1.29
- organic refried beans, 2 cans @ $.99/ea
- organic black beans, 2 cans @ $.99/ea
- mini cucumbers, 2 1lb bags @ $1.79/ea
- clementines, 2lbs @ $2.49
- organic grape tomatoes, 8oz carton @ $1.99 (these were in much better shape than the non-organic)
- green bell peppers, 2 pack @ $1.39
- romaine hearts, $2.29
- strawberries, 2lbs @ $1.29/ea
- plums, 2lbs @ $1.98
On Thursday I also stopped at Save a Lot and picked up a bag of red seedless grapes, which were on sale for $.88/lb. I spent $2.16 there (no picture). And I went to Publix, where I bought some splurgey items in addition to more “regular” purchases. I’ve been picking up my bananas from Publix because Aldi’s have either been WAY overripe, unavailable, or super sweaty in their plastic bag, which in my experience has resulted in bananas that spoil really quickly. The M&Ms are for traveling next month and I also put some out at book club. The Ben and Jerry’s were a delicious splurge but I probably won’t buy them again as they are kind of expensive. And the ravioli is fantastic; since it was on sale I picked up some bags to store in the freezer. My total was $44.58 Details:
- Rana ravioli, 4 bags — on sale for 2/$7, but I had 4 $1/1 coupons, so I paid $2.50 ea
- Arnold Oatnut bread, 2 loaves, BOGO @ $4.29
- Limes, 3 for $1.20
- Bananas, 2.52lbs @ $1.70
- Santitas tortilla chips, $2.00
- M&Ms, 4 bags — on BOGO for $3.79/2 + I had 2 $1.50/2 coupons, so I paid $1.15 ea
- Flour tortillas, 2 20ct bags, BOGO @ $3.09/2
- Sour cream, 2 16oz containers, BOGO (with coupon) @ $2.29
- Fresh mozarella cheese, $2.50 + $1/1 coupon, so I paid $1.50
- Ben & Jerry’s pint slices, BOGO @ 4.99/2 + $.50/1 coupon, so I paid $4.49/2
- Polar selter water, 3 12pks @ 3/$8.00
- tax (on the ice cream, M&Ms, & seltzer), $1.44
Finally, yesterday after my exam I went to Starbucks and Penzeys (also Total Wine, but that is not in my grocery budget… ;)). I wanted to try Starbucks whole bean decaf, as I would like every so often to have coffee in the evening but I have really disliked all the ground decaf (which is all I can find at most stores) I have tried. I particularly wanted to get this yesterday so I’d have coffee to serve with the brownies at book club. This was pretty spendy at $13.95/lb, but as a small consolation I did also get a free cup of drip coffee. And it’s quite good, so for now worth it to me. At Penzey’s I needed some sea salt, I purchased both a coarse white salt which doesn’t break down too easily and some French grey sea salt for using as a finisher with meat and veggies. That cost $8.30 and I had coupons from Penzey’s for a free jar of their Salsa and Pico seasoning, as well as a free jar of the granulated garlic — you had to spend $2 for the garlic and $5 for the seasoning mix. They send out coupons for free-with-purchase items all the time, and while I don’t run in looking for things to buy (since we all know I already have plenty of spices on hand!), I do try to take advantage of them if there is something I need.
My total spent on groceries for the week was $122.92 ❗ ❗ This leaves me $10.80 for the rest of the month, however we now have SO MUCH FOOD on hand; I think the only thing I might run out to buy is bananas
*My grandfather was PA Dutch and used this expression a lot. Although my father never spoke PA Dutch, we all (my sisters and I) have a few phrases that we use often, this being one of them.