Here’s to the end of September! It’s been an unusually hot September here in Fort Wayne so I am ready for the cooler weather which seems to finally have arrived yesterday! Yes, I grew up in Texas but I don’t miss those hot days – especially when the kids want to be playing outside. After watching for a sale all summer, I scored a great deal on water table for the kids this past week. Normally $80 at Kohls, it was clearanced to $29. I stacked a 30% off code with free shipping and a bit of a leftover gift card, so only paid $12 out of pocket for this great water table shipped to our door. I feel like we’ve already gotten our money’s worth in the past two days for the hours of fun it has provided the kids!
September found us starting to hit our stride for our current living situation. As you know, we bought my in-laws house and they are living with us while they build their new one. We decided from the beginning that we would take turns cooking the meals and that has been amazing. It’s so nice not to have to worry about dinner prep every night. It’s been tricky coordinating the shopping (as we’ve been buying duplicates of things) so I think that going forward, my mother-in-law is going to give me a portion of their grocery budget and I will do most of the grocery shopping. I’ll keep you posted how that works amount wise. I shopped with $100 of her money this month and did NOT count those trips in the totals as we weren’t sure how that was going to work. We’ll still decide the meals together but then I will do most of the shopping. So, stay tuned next month to see how that affects our budget!
This is how September looked budget wise.
- 9/1 Kroger $44.24
- 9/1 Aldi $25.80
- 9/4 Meijer $13.88
- 9/6 Kroger $50.96
- 9/12 Kroger $11.03
- 9/15 Meijer $44.30
- 9/16 Kroger $4.96
- 9/20 Kroger $21.23
- 9/25 Aldi $24.73
- 9/26 Meijer $31.15
- Total $272.28
I went a little over our monthly $260 grocery budget but I actually think that difference is all accounted for in the Ibotta rebates that are in my account. There were some great Ibotta rebates this month! I was particularly excited about the Enjoy Life (allergy free) chocolate bars that I made money on for my friend Andrea. Thanks to coupons, catalinas and an Ibotta reward that kept rolling, I think I bought her 12 chocolate bars…and still hope to buy 3 more before the catalina ends tomorrow. Basically, the chocolate bars were $1.59 and I made $1 on Ibotta for each one I bought. Plus, I earned a $2 catalina for each 3 bars I bought. I had three $4/3 coupons that made these a really good money maker, so I bought her some Larabars too. I love when I can save other people money too! 🙂 Seriously, if you haven’t signed up for Ibotta yet, do it now! I waited much too long to start using it as is and I love all the money I make back with them!
Here’s one of my Kroger chocolate bar trips. I also picked up Life cearal, granola bars and two pints of Private Selection ice cream for $0.99 each. The two yogurts were free, plus a couple other produce things I needed on this $11.03 trip. My mother-in-law picked me up 5 blocks of $0.99 cheese that weekend. Did you clip that digital coupon? Love amazing deals like that because we always have cheese in our fridge!
Now that I live closer, I truly do love shopping at Aldi for all the every day low prices – especially on produce! I went earlier this week and bought fresh green beans ($1.89), zucchini ($0.89), broccoli ($1.49), lettuce ($0.89), and 3 colorful peppers ($1.49). We have decided we like the Aldi brand pepperoni ($2.19) better than the Hormel brand and I get more pepperoni for a cheaper price so I bought us enough to last for a while.
I bought more flour ($1.19), sugar ($1.89), brown sugar and powdered ($0.99) as well as 3 pounds of rice ($1.29). I splured on the panko bread crumbs at $1.29 because I had seen a recent Pinterest recipe for them that looked good. We have decided Aldi chips are a great price ($1.09) and a great flavor which you can’t always say about some store brand chips. Like I said, I am becoming a loyal Aldi shopper!
At Meijer, I restocked our bottled water and bought some more chocolate. Dannon yogurt was on sale for $1.88 so I bought 2 large cartons to last us for a bit. The small carton was a treat for Nathan who had to get an (unexpected) flu shot when we took Emma to the doctor. Belvita was on sale so I used a coupon and bought 2 more boxes of the orange cranberry biscuits. Have you tried them? They are so delicious! I bought some lunch meat ($2.49) for lunches and summer sausage ($1.99) for dinner. I used the summer sausage from Meijer and the fresh veggies from Aldi to make a delicious, easy and healthy one pan dinner that we all liked. Pinterest for the win!
I also gave into some of my pregnancy cravings and bought soft pretzels and corn dogs this week at Meijer. The corn dogs were on sale, as were the pretzels. Actually, the pretzels were buy 1, get 1 free, plus I had a $0.50 coupon and made $1 on Ibotta. That means I spent less than $0.75 a box on the pretzels so not a bad splurge, budget wise! Oh, and Snickers chocolate was 50% off so I’m getting ready to make my apple snickers salad soon. I love that recipe! This was my $31.15 grocery trip.
Those are some of the highlights of my September shopping. I am glad to feel like we are getting in some good meal routines here. Plus, the Ibotta rebates made shopping extra fun for me this month! What’s your favorite Ibotta reward?