I taught school for 10 years and have been home for 5. Still, every August hits our household with a long to do list! Andy spends long hours working in his classroom to get ready for the new year, and this year, I spent time getting Nathan ready for Kindergarten. School supplies were easy. Uniform shopping? That was a bit more challenging to find shorts and pants (on sale) that would fit and met our uniform requirements. On top of that, it was back to shopping more regularly now that we were home from all our travels.
August found me just barely staying under our monthly $400 budget. And by just barely, I mean by pennies! I did some stock ups on meat this month and that always adds up. August was also the month that I started shopping at Walmart more and Meijer less. As I discovered when I did my massive price comparison, sadly, the deals aren’t as good at Meijer as they used to be. Since Aldi has raised prices that has made another change in my shopping habits.
You can read all my summaries and price comparisons on the full Cheapest Grocery Store post, if you haven’t already. There is a lot of information there so you can make your own informed shopping decision. I hope it helps save you money!
Here are my August shopping totals.
- 8/2 Sam’s Club $30.34
- 8/5 Meijer $31.19
- 8/5 Walmart $23.30
- 8/7 Amish Bulk Food $12.14
- 8/9 Kroger $50.92
- 8/12 Kroger $13.72
- 8/15 Walmart $50.16
- 8/16 Kroger $33.66
- 8/23 Kroger $80.41
- 8/27 Walmart $47.53
- 8/28 Kroger $1.30
- 8/30 Kroger $24.95
- August Total $399.62
Kroger has great Friday and Saturday deals if you make it for that time! At the beginning of the month, I picked up 5 boxes of cereal for $0.99 each! It also resulted in $2.80 in Box Tops for our school, thanks to some bonus promotions on the app.
The next Friday, I was back at Kroger for more of their Friday deals. This time, it was Gogurt for $0.99, Private Selection ice cream for $1.99, Hillshire Naturals lunchmeat for $1.99, Lindt chocolate bars for $0.49 and 4 packs of Kleenex for $3.99.
I had a digital coupon for Vivia which made them $3.49 for 6 giant rolls. I love stocking up on paper products at great prices! Other deals included Kroger brand diapers back on sale for $3.29, plus I had a $1.75/1 coupon to take the price even lower. General Mills cereal was $1.29 a box, after mega sale and digital coupons. August is the time of year when you see lots of cereal sales and this is when I stock up!
The Kraft ranch dressing was a freebie from Kroger, in my digital coupons. I love those best customer coupons they give out!
On this Kroger trip, I spent $50.92 and saved $60.54 (55%).
Another great Friday deal was Kroger cheese for $0.99 a block! I bought my limit of 5, and then my friend Andrea (whose family can’t eat dairy) graciously used her coupon to buy me another 5 blocks. Love friends and deals like these! GoGo applesauce pouches were on sale – $3.99 for a 12 pack, which is lower than my $1.50 / 4 pack stock up price. I bought 2 boxes and tucked them away in the basement for when we are traveling or a special treat when we go to restaurants with the kids.
I also got a free Herbal tea, a free Quest bar, and a free Mountain Dew Kickstart. I won’t use any of them, but they were free so I bought them to donate. I hope you always claim your freebies and share them if you won’t use them! Kroger has a freebie almost every Friday and I periodically search free in digital coupons and am surprised with random deals.
At Kroger, I spent $33.66 on this trip. (More cheese and diapers not pictured.)
Kroger had some great mega deals this month! The kids and I love Triscuits (only 3 real ingredients!), but they haven’t been on sale in far too long. When they went on sale for $1.79, I bought 6 boxes of the thin crisps – our favorite.
This was also the Kroger trip were butter was $1.99/lb so I bought my 5 pound limit. I picked up pork ($1.99/lb), chicken breasts ($1.77/lb) and brats ($2.49). Pampers wipes were $0.99 so again, I bought my 5 limit. I also bought potatoes ($2.99/10 lbs), lettuce ($1.49), grapes ($0.97/lb), a green pepper ($0.69), jalapenos ($0.99/lb) – for my homemade salsa.
This was my biggest Kroger trip of the month and I spent $80.41 – but still saved $63.69 (44%).
I did almost all of my Kroger shopping on Fridays in August because they were offering double fuel points if you shopped on the weekend. Thanks to that, my Kroger purchases and my 50 point receipt surveys, I am excited that we have $0.80 off a gallon we can use this month! This is one of the great perks of Kroger and a great way to save!
My Walmart trips have basically been stocking up on pantry items, milk and produce. They aren’t as exciting because they don’t run the amazing sales that Kroger does. However, they do save me money and I am thankful for that.
As you can see, I really was very close to my August budget – spending $399.62 out of $400. September is off to a good start, since I already bought 15 pounds of hamburger at $1.79/lb over Labor Day weekend. I love stocking my pantry and freezer with bargains!
How did you do budget wise in August? Are you ready for the clean slate of September, now that the kids are back in school?