After failing a bit last week at our once a month grocery shopping experiment, I’m thrilled that this week was a success! I went to the store just once, and spent just $13.80, well under my budgeted weekly bill of $25 that I’d planned during this month for weekly “extras” like produce and milk that just wouldn’t last the full month.
(Read more on my month long plan over HERE)
Here’s what our totals look like so far this month:
- Week 1: big monthly shopping trip $223
- Week 2: produce, milk, bread and a few sale items $40.72
- Week 3: produce, milk, bread and a bunch of sale items $48.71
- Week 4: produce, milk, eggs, oil $13.80
- Total = $326.23 for our family of 5 or $81 per week – not too shabby!
I am planning to head to Fresh Thyme Market this Wednesday to stock up on more produce (they have watermelons for $2 – love that!) I’m also hoping for a decent sale on chicken, because honestly as long as we have chicken at home (we have completely depleted our stockpile), I think we could go another week or two for the most part just cooking up what’s in the kitchen.
I have missed a few sales and may swing by Kroger over the weekend to stock up on those, but in all honesty feel like we’ve spent so much less by having a better monthly plan in place prior to shopping. If you’ve been working to cut your grocery budget I’d love to hear what you’re doing too – leave a comment to share your thoughts!