Whew! I knew that June was going to be a busy month but it seems that July was almost as busy! We didn’t have a long trip away from home but we did get away for a couple days to Michigan with college friends. We’ve been keeping busy with lots of house projects, summer outings, and regular busy life that is ours with 2 kids under the age of 2.
For that reason, as I mentioned with our summer plans, I’ve been a bit quiet on the blog this July. I’ve been trying to enjoy the month so I chose to focus my blog time elsewhere. It’s also helping me gear up to resume blogging as regular in August!
Since I know some of you look forward to my grocery posts, I thought I’d give a brief overview of my grocery shopping in July. We were mostly home and did a little bit of entertaining. Plus, we also cooked for our college friends and their families while we were away. We take turns cooking the meals to share the cost that way. It works out really well!
Here’s a list of my July shopping totals.
- 7/1 Fresh Thyme $28.84
- 7/4 Meijer $37.77
- 7/4 Save-a-Lot $0.99
- 7/7 Meijer $2
- 7/11 Kroger $16.33
- 7/12 Meijer $23.91
- 7/15 Meijer $12.49
- 7/19 Aldi $25.52
- 7/21 Meijer $17.43
- 7/22 Kroger $27.56
- 7/27 Meijer $45.47
Here’s what is obvious to me.
I didn’t plan as far ahead as I usually did and did some spontaneous shopping – without a list – in the store. That meant I had to do a couple quick runs for forgotten items, like the $0.99 to Save-a-Lot for Cool Whip and the $2 to Meijer for half and half. Oops!
My goal is to start menu planning again for August so my shopping should be more consistent. That all said, I did manage to stay under my monthly $240 budget with a total of $238.31!
I can’t remember all the deals I found but here are just a couple notable ones.
I was thrilled by all the diaper deals I stumbled upon at Meijer just the other day! I needed some more diapers for Nathan, so Luvs were the cheapest since I had a $2/1 Mperks coupon for those. I also found Pull-ups on sale for $7.49 (instead of $8.97) and I had a $3/1 Mperks coupon for those. In addition, I had a $3 Mperks baby reward so I paid only $3.49 for the Luvs diapers and $2.99 for the pull-ups! Those are great prices! No, we’re not potty training yet. Just getting ready! I also had a $0.50/1 Pampers wipes and a $1/1 Meijer wipes pack, so picked up all those wipes for around $1 a package. All these purchases also count towards a new month of paper rewards. I do love my Mperks!
At Aldi, I stocked up on corn for only $0.49 a can. I was also in need of flour for $1.49 a bag. I decided to give a couple of their brands a try, with refried beans at $0.79 and tortillas at $0.99. The romaine lettuce was only $1.29 for 3 hearts, and the cheese wedges were the same price. As many of you know, I don’t shop at Aldi very often since it’s a across town for me, but I need to plan another stocking up trip there soon.
One of my other great deals was at Fresh Thyme, early in the month. No pictures because we ate all the produce very quickly! Sweet cherries were $1.49/lb and blueberries were $0.99 a pint. I also bought boneless, skinless chicken for $1.88/lb there.
So, there’s my July shopping in a nutshell. Does your grocery shopping get more sporadic in the summer months?