In light of my No Spend September Challenge and my goal to keep my grocery budget under $130, I thought I would share what I spent.
Please keep in mind a few things:
1. I have a fairly decent pantry and food storage area that is fairly well stocked.
2. We do have some dietary needs and try to be dairy-free as possible due to lactose intolerance. We also try to keep processed sugars to a minimum.
3. No meat is bought unless it is under $2.00 a pound and can be stretched over 2-3 meals.
On September 7th, at Sunshine Foods, Chatfield:
(We were having a cookout/campfire with the neighbors at Rob’s house. This is not at all normal food for us to buy! I also know that their prices are higher than ours and what I would like to pay!)
1 pkg. Graham Crackers $2.39
1 pkg. Fudge Striped Cookies $1.70
1 jar Sweet Relish $1.73
3 pkgs. Hot Dogs Buns $4.47
2 pkgs. Hot Dogs $1.98
4 pounds Peaches $5.12
2 pounds Apples $4.08
1 Yellow Onion $1.13
Garlic Toast $2.99
1 half-gallon Lactose-Free Milk $4.55
On September 8th, at Aldis:
10 pound Potatoes $2.99
3 pounds Sweet Potatoes $1.49
2 pound Pinto Beans (dried) $1.79
Ricotta Cheese $1.79
Parmesan Cheese $2.39
2.15 pounds Bananas $.95
2 dozen Eggs $2.90
4 half-gallons Lactose-free Milk $11.16
1 half-gallon Whole Milk $1.89
1 half-gallon 2% Milk $1.79
On September 9th, my trip to Fareway included:
Boneless Pork Roast (on sale) $5.04
10+ pounds of Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts $19.99
3 pkgs. Shredded Cheese $4.00
1 qt. Buttermilk $1.25
1 Mac & Cheese $.88
1 Lasagna Noodles $1.89
1 pound Carrots $.69
Garlic Cloves $.50
1 bottle Soy Sauce $.98
2 jars Spaghetti Sauce $1.96
2 pkgs. Organic Sugar $7.38
15 pounds Pears $13.27
Coupon Savings: $2.75
On September 21st, at Fareway:
1 pkg. Shredded Mozzarella $2.00
2 pkgs. Turkey Pepperoni (pillow packs) $6.58
Combined Total: $128.22
I did spend an additional $15.00 in groceries that I paid cash for that was not included in the budget because it was extra earned cash. That included: watermelon for a family gathering, bananas, avocados, yogurt starter, and a few other things but I can’t find the receipts. I did keep to my allotted monthly budget for September because I did discuss in my original No Spend post that extra earned money was not going to be included in the budget.
I have lowered my budget in October to $100 a month! Yikes! Hopefully, I can keep it!
Thanks for reading!