Last week, my husband and I decided to challenge ourselves with a monthly grocery budget of $100. Generally, we try to stock up on groceries when they are reasonably priced, so this could pose a problem for our normal routine. However, the more we thought about it, the more intriguing it sounded. On a weekly basis, that would be about $25. However, we generally like to shop one bigger run, plus a few smaller runs throughout the month. For the last two weeks, we have been eating out of our freezer trying to get it cleaned out before fall comes, as we will have lots freezing to do (apples, pumpkins, various purees, etc.).
Here’s this week’s Grocery Budget Breakdown:
Grapes: $.79/lb x 4 lbs = $3.16
White Rice: $1.39 for 3 lbs.
Total after discounts and tax: $5.54
Rainbow (Double, double days this Wednesday)
Organic Milk: $3 - $.50 Q doubled = $2 x 4 half gallons = $8
Ronzoni Healthy Harvest or Smart Taste Pasta: $1.25 - $.75 Q doubled = free x 8 = $0
Newman’s Own Lemonade: $1 - .$50 Q doubled = $0
Total after discounts and tax: $8.07
Bananas: $.49 x 2.6 lbs. = $1.27 - $1 Q = .27
Black beans: $.99 x 2 lbs. = $1.98
Quaker Breakfast Squares: $2.50 - $1 Q = $1.50
Annie’s Mac and Cheese = $1
Canned Tuna = $.67 x 6 = $4.02
Bread = $1.39 - $.50 Q = $.89
Brownie Mix = $.65 x 2 = $1.30
Snack Packs = .95 x 3 = $2.85 - $1 Q = $1.85
Total after discounts and tax: $9.72
Total this week: $23.33 (we stock up throughout the year, so we generally don’t just eat from our weekly grocery list)
**For the summer/fall, we joined a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture - www.hayriverfarms.com), so we get weekly vegetables for $375 for the entire season. During these months, we spend less on groceries on a monthly basis, so I really try to stock up on our pantry items.
Cutting the cut off our budget…