As January drew to a close (and with our no-spend month of February approaching), I knew I was going to use up every last bit of our grocery budget this month. I didn’t want to plan too much ahead for February since that kind of defeats the purpose of a no-spend month. The only thing I did buy ahead? 3 packs of diapers since I still had room in my budget this month. I will probably have to buy some more in February but we shall see.
Tortilla chips were back on sale for $1 as was peanut butter. I also bought 2 more containers of unsweetened applesauce from Kroger at $2.19 a container. The Red Gold tomatoes were $0.49 each. The cottage cheese was $1.25 each.
I bought 4 cans of corn at $0.59, because I had two digital coupons that took the price down to $0.44 a can. I also bought a roll of crescent rolls that were on sale for $1 because there was a $0.50/1 digital coupon that made them only $0.50.
My $10 catalina that I had to request finally arrived in the mail, so after subtracting that and the digital coupons from my total, I spent $5.61 at Kroger.
Then, we headed down the road to pick up diapers and a couple other things at Meijer.
I bought 3 packages of Luvs that were on sale for $5.99. I had a $2/1 digital coupon and two $1/1 Luvs printable coupon that I used. These all count toward my baby Mperks rewards as well.
I bought 4 jugs of water ($0.39 each) and milk ($2.69). 5 pounds of potatoes ($1.29), 3 pounds of onions ($1.99), 2.5 pounds of bananas ($1.39) and 1 pound of grapes ($1.83) were my produce purchases. Nathan also saw the strawberry applesauce and since it was sale for $1.50, we bought it as a treat.
I realized after I put everything away that a couple things didn’t make it into the picture, including the box of Puffs tissues ($0.50) and Dannon yogurt ($1.88).
At Meijer, I spent $28.60.
Oh! I also bought a $50 Meijer gift card for the future because there was a $5 off Mperks coupon. That basically means I have $5 free dollars to spend when I’m grocery shopping. It’s a deal that I won’t ever pass up! It’s not coming out of my budget because I’ll count it as the free money when I use it.
This week, I spent $34.21 which means I ended the month at $256.74 JUST under my $260 monthly budget. Whew. Now to start not shopping in February. Honestly? The hardest part is passing up the grocery bargains, but it’s a good way for me to work through my stockpile.
How did your grocery budget fare in January?