Weekly budget update

by Melody on May 22, 2011

{May 9th}


{May 16th}


I posted here on May 9th about how I had already blown our grocery budget for the month.

Obviously, it’s a lost cause and I’m NOT going to make budget.  The best I can do is minimize the damage done.  We have a decently stocked pantry and freezer, so we are doing our best to cook meals and eat based around what we already have.

{May 22nd}


I spent about $14 this week, including two Twice the Value trips to Albertsons (most everything was free except for yogurt, coffee creamer, salad dressing and mayo), a great trip to Fred Meyer for eggs and fresh produce and a trip to Rite Aid to roll some +UP Rewards.  I still have $3 in +UP Rewards that I will use to pick up a gallon of milk for the coming week.

We also picked up our produce from the CSA we signed up for a few months back.  We got two huge heads of lettuce and kale, with no additional out of pocket.  Plus, we have been able to pick spinach from our garden!  (For our gardening update, click here)

We’ve been doing our best to make do with what we have in the house, but truthfully, we haven’t made much of a dent in our stockpile.  We’ve been eating a LOT of salad with various toppings and really haven’t had to touch our pantry stockpile.

I know I challenged myself at the beginning of the month to spend as little as possible, but it hasn’t really felt like a challenge.  Being a smart shopper and using coupons over the past few years has really helped me keep our pantry and freezer full, which really helps out in times like these.

How are you doing with your grocery budget for the month?  I’m thinking I can end the month around $30 over budget, which will actually feel like a small miracle, considering where we started out!

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{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Laura May 22, 2011 at 11:35 pm

that is your budget for the month! Oh man…I gotta get better at this…that is my budget nearly every week…oh dear


Melody May 23, 2011 at 12:17 pm

It’s actually a little higher, I was over last month too so I was accounting for that. I seem to be consistently over these days now that Cole is eating way more solid food than I think he should be able to manage. This was my challenge to see if I could stay within the budget. 🙂

Just keep in mind that whatever you can save for your family is a total bonus! We do get meat from my parents (except chicken), so that is a huge savings. I would definitely have to up our budget if we had to include meat.

This has also been a work in progress for a few years. Cut yourself some slack, even if you save $40 a month, that’s $40 in your pocket.


Miss Jay May 23, 2011 at 3:27 am

I started out the month doing GREAT! Then the business costco about a mile from our house decided to have an “expo” this month. Each week there are different items on ‘sale’. One of the weeks had costco muffins on sale for $1 off each half dozen. (making them $2.49 and individually wrapped too!) Since these never go on sale or coupon I bought a bunch and froze them, and there went the budget. I know I can make muffins cheaper, but my kids LOVE these and barely tolerate mine.

Next week (among other things) are corn tortillas (2) 50ct 6″ for $2.65!! I have about $7 left, maybe $10 if I scrape together all my change. I don’t think I’m going to quite make it.


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