Whew. After a slow start to the month of grocery shopping, I used up almost all my grocery budget at the end of the month! I knew I would as soon as I saw that ground beef (80% lean) was on sale for $2.99/lb at Meijer. I hadn’t seen a price this low in months – and I only had 2 pounds of ground beef left in my freezer as a result. It was time for me to stock up again! I ended up buying just over 11 pounds which equates to $35 in meat. Although, since the price was normally $4.79/lb, I saved almost $20! Here’s what else I bought with my ground beef.
I needed some more onions and tomato paste so I could can another batch of salsa. 3 batches canned so far…and I hope to can another batch or two, depending on how the rest of our garden tomatoes do. Corn was on sale for $0.25 an ear. I bought 4 ears – and then one of Andy’s students gave us some fresh from their garden. Yum!
I bought spreadable butter that was on sale for $2 because it came with a free dozen eggs. The Diet Coke was my splurge, since I don’t drink coffee. I’m trying not to drink soda as much but some days, I need the caffeine! Finally, I bought a case of bottled water for our trip to Nebraska this weekend. It was on sale for $2.50.
My total was $50.92 BUT I used a Meijer gift card for $20 to help pay. I had received the gift card months back for resubscribing to the newspaper. Since I used the gift card to help cover my cost, only $30.92 came out of my grocery budget.
Since I had a bit of money left, I also restocked my baking cupboard by heading to our local bulk food store. Here’s what I bought there.
I needed more yeast ($3.59) and 2 pounds of powdered sugar ($1.92). I also needed some more spices. Cinnamon was $2.62, baking soda was $1.51, and chili powder $0.99. Chili powder has really gotten pricey! I also bought a block of cream cheese at $1.29. It’s not the best price but it was cheaper than the grocery store. I spent $11.92 at the bulk food store.
I spent $42.84 on groceries this week. In August, I spent $174.39, staying just under my $180 budget. The gift card was my saving grace to staying under budget – especially because it allowed me to stock up on ground beef again! How did you do budget wise this month?