Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Adventures in Grocery Shopping

So, a couple of days ago I told you that I wanted to see if I could spend $75 or less a week on groceries. I made a menu (which included 13 dinners, and some other things including food for other meals), made a very detailed list, searched the ads for the best prices on anything that I was planning on buying (I am not skilled enough to make my menu based on what is on sale - yet), and hit the stores.

My original plan involved spending about $120, so that I would have approximately $30 left for the extra trips to the store for whatever I forgot, plus being able to buy extra milk and possibly fresh vegetables as the 2-weeks progress.

Well, if you look at it in a strictly 'black and white' sort of way, I broke the budget.

I spent $144.99, before taxes. I know that I will have to buy at least 2 more gallons of milk, before our next payday. At $2.50 a gallon, I definitely go over. Plus, it's before taxes.

However, I did make a few purchases that will take us well beyond our 13-meal plan. For example, hamburger was on sale for $1.59 a pound. That's a really good deal, so I went ahead and purchased 10 pounds, all individually wrapped, for future use. My meals only call for 3 to 4 pounds of hamburger this week. I also purchased a big bag of chicken breasts at Costco (my favorite kind, I refuse to buy anything else) - which will last us for at least 4 more meals beyond what I need this shopping period. I also got enough pork chops to last us for FIVE meals, and I only need 1 meals worth this week.

I was trying to buy enough food to get us through January 20th, and I managed to buy enough meat to last us through February 5th... at least.

I'm bummed that I broke the budget, but I'm not giving up yet. This is the first time I've really ever tried to stick to a budget while grocery shopping. All in all, I did a pretty good job. If all I have to buy is more milk during the coming weeks, we are in REALLY good shape.

How do you think I did?

If you are interested in what I purchased, keep reading. Otherwise, consider this post over. :)

On January 8, 2008, $144.99 (before taxes) can buy you the following:
4 cans of Campbell's Cream of Mushroom Soup
Bear Creek Broccoli Cheese Soup
2 Gallons of 2% Milk
One whole Chicken
2 "packages" of green onions
3 large white onions
1 package of hot dogs
2 packages of hamburger buns
HUGE bag of Costco/Foster Farms Boneless Chicken Breasts
Case of Kern's Nectar from Costco
Giant container of Pace Picante Sauce
2 bottles of pickles
16 oz bottle of Kraft Parmesan Cheese
Honey Dijon Mustard
A can of peas and carrots
15 Pork Chops
French Fries
2 packages of tortillas
1 package of dried cranberries
1 bag of walnuts
1 bag of celery
Light Mayonaiise
2 packages of Welch's Juice (6 packs)
Turkey Breast
2 packages of shredded cheddar cheese
Ham (Deli sliced, lunch meat)
2 packages of Crescent Rolls
Sour Cream
6-pack of water bottles
4 South Beach Diet Frozen Dinners
Loaf of Bread
2 packages of frozen broccoli
2 jars of peanut butter
10 pounds of ground beef
4 bottles of Juicy Juice
4 boxes of Cheerios
2 boxes of Total (cereal)
1 box of Cinnamon Toast Crunch
1 box of Trix


Blogger Sherri said...

You did great!!! Once you consider how much meat you bought - you are really under budget!!

1:31 PM  
Blogger Deb said...

I think you did a fantastic job! Buying meat on sale in larger quantities always saves in the long run! Try deducting the amount you spent on meat this time from each week hereafter until the meat is used up - that will help you realize that you rocked this budget thing! :O)

10:09 PM  

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