I completely skipped last week's Grocery Budget Checkup while we were in Disney (and didn't do any grocery shopping), but this week it was time to stock up! I hauled my two older kiddos to Kroger early in the week to stock up on produce with the $25/$50 coupon that was available a few weeks ago (it did work for me) as well as some Angel Soft toilet paper, and goodness, those kids can stock up on some fruit.
We easily hit the $50 mark and even went a little over, but our fridge is now stocked with apples, strawberries, cantaloupe, grapes, carrots and salad. My kids love fresh produce, so I'm happy to be stocked up even if we spent more than I'd planned! Here's where our money has gone this week . . .
- Target: Spent $4.31 (I used a $5 Target gift card I had from a recent purchase)
- Walgreens: Spent $3.27
- Kroger: Spent $45.05, Saved $40.98
- Publix: Spent $23.15, Saved $23.07
- Total = $75.58
I'm still keeping tabs on my grocery expenses with just an envelope each week ~ you might want to do the same thing to hold yourself accountable too! I'm amazed at how much that's helped me stay on track this year – just knowing that I'll have to account for whatever I purchase in that envelope really makes a difference.
I just added up my totals (beginning January 16), and we're at $303 which comes out to a little over $50 per week. I'm pretty content with that! Especially since I'm using almost only printable coupons right now (I just can't find the time to keep up with all the inserts), shopping strategically and using the discounts I can easily find is definitely working for our family.
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