Tuesday, October 1, 2013

September Grocery Spending

In light of my No Spend September Challenge and my goal to keep my grocery budget under $130, I thought I would share what I spent.

Please keep in mind a few things:
1. I have a fairly decent pantry and food storage area that is fairly well stocked.
2. We do have some dietary needs and try to be dairy-free as possible due to lactose intolerance. We also try to keep processed sugars to a minimum.
3. No meat is bought unless it is under $2.00 a pound and can be stretched over 2-3 meals.

On September 7th, at Sunshine Foods, Chatfield:
(We were having a cookout/campfire with the neighbors at Rob's house. This is not at all normal food for us to buy! I also know that their prices are higher than ours and what I would like to pay!)
1 pkg. Graham Crackers  $2.39
1 pkg. Fudge Striped Cookies  $1.70
1 jar Sweet Relish  $1.73
3 pkgs. Hot Dogs Buns  $4.47
2 pkgs. Hot Dogs  $1.98
4 pounds Peaches  $5.12
2 pounds Apples  $4.08
1 Yellow Onion  $1.13
Garlic Toast  $2.99
1 half-gallon Lactose-Free Milk  $4.55

Total: $30.43

On September 8th, at Aldis:
10 pound Potatoes  $2.99
3 pounds Sweet Potatoes  $1.49
2 pound Pinto Beans (dried)  $1.79
Ricotta Cheese  $1.79
Parmesan Cheese  $2.39
2.15 pounds Bananas  $.95
2 dozen Eggs  $2.90
4 half-gallons Lactose-free Milk  $11.16
1 half-gallon Whole Milk  $1.89
1 half-gallon 2% Milk  $1.79

Total: $29.14

On September 9th, my trip to Fareway included:
Boneless Pork Roast (on sale)  $5.04
10+ pounds of Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts   $19.99
3 pkgs. Shredded Cheese  $4.00
1 qt. Buttermilk  $1.25
1 Mac & Cheese  $.88
1 Lasagna Noodles  $1.89
Celery  $.99
1 pound Carrots  $.69
Cauliflower  $2.99
Garlic Cloves  $.50
1 bottle Soy Sauce  $.98
2 jars Spaghetti Sauce  $1.96
2 pkgs. Organic Sugar  $7.38
15 pounds Pears  $13.27

Coupon Savings: $2.75
Total: $60.07

On September 21st, at Fareway:
1 pkg. Shredded Mozzarella  $2.00
2 pkgs. Turkey Pepperoni (pillow packs)  $6.58

Total: $8.58

Combined Total: $128.22

I did spend an additional $15.00 in groceries that I paid cash for that was not included in the budget because it was extra earned cash. That included: watermelon for a family gathering, bananas, avocados, yogurt starter, and a few other things but I can't find the receipts. I did keep to my allotted monthly budget for September because I did discuss in my original No Spend post that extra earned money was not going to be included in the budget.

I have lowered my budget in October to $100 a month! Yikes! Hopefully, I can keep it!

Thanks for reading!
Erica

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