We've decided that after weeks of trying to go under our budget for grocery shopping that we will bump it back up to our original $400.00 a month budget. Less stress and we are able to buy what we need and want without too much worry. I've decided too to change this weekly post with things I've found for a great deal this week.
This week my great deal was Jiff Peanut butter for 99 cents a jar for 18 oz at Meijer. You need to buy 5 (mix or match) to get it at that price. I bought a total of 10. I saved .16 cents a jar over Aldi's peanut butter at $1.15 a jar. Total saved $1.60.
FYI: The $1.00 coupon seen on top was for if you buy the peanut butter and jelly you get a $1.00 savings. We are quite spoiled and only like to eat home made jelly here.
How did you do grocery shopping this past week? What great deals did you find?
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I have liked my no spend months in the past - but really don't set a budget. I know what I can spend and just buy what I want and d=need to keep that pantry going.
That is a great deal on peanut butter for sure.
Sometimes if I get those coupons on things I won't use - I either get for the donation box or I rip them off and leave them in the store for someone else to use.
Great deal on the peanut butter! I agree that being stressed about the grocery budget is not worth it and hey $400 is a very low number compared to most households. A friend spent $1800 a month on food when her 3 girls were still at home. I couldn't even think of how I could have spent that much in a month.
We really did not shop this week. Ads were 2 deals here and 4 deals there and I decided to just skip it. All we needed was milk and coffee creamer so Hubby picked that up at Walmart and I was not tempted to buy anything else. We got a $20 payout from iBotta so we ended up with a net gain of $15.51 this week for the food budget. I have $189 to roll over to next month but I have some bigger food expenses coming up in April so that is a good thing.
Your so right about the coupon...I should have done that for the food pantry or left it. I'll remember next time. Have a great day Cheryl!
Oh man can you imagine $1800 a month! I have heard of people doing that too so I guess our food budget isn't too bad.
Yes sometimes it's just not worth chasing deals unless it's a real great price that's for sure. Have a great day Lana!
That is a great deal on the peanut butter. Peanut butter can be expensive. We have a new grocery store Lowes. Hubby and I visited the store today and found some good deals on salad dressing. Lowes is a big store with lots to explore. Now, I just have to make sure I send hubby to the correct place when he goes shopping. We have Lowes grocery and Lowes Home Improvement. haha! Have a blessed weekend!
Piggly Wiggly still had thighs on for $.99lb. I got 4 packages with 8 thighs in each package. I froze 3 packages. We eat a lot of chicken here. I eat twice as much chicken as I do pork or beef. I will be glad when farmers markets are open here. The squash was $1.78 a pound and look terrible. Spring harvest hurry, hurry up.
OH Peggy that's what I say too I need Spring to come with fresh lettuce and greens. It's snowing outside now...I'm sure it will come though!
I was just going to ask that- so there is a Lowe's grocery and and Home improvement. Believe it or not our Lowe's Home Improvement just closed a couple of months ago. I think there was too much competition across the street for our area. Wish we had a Lowe's grocery sounds great!
Vickie I did the same thing and went over our grocery budget and with recent price rises (from December through to now) and me working through what we spent this month we realised we too needed to raise our grocery budget from $200 + $40 pantry stocking = $240 to $300 a month for groceries from April for the 2 of us along with the same $40 for pantry stocking = $340.
This month we spent $284.08 so we were over our $200 budget as I topped up on meat on special after our last post. Realising too that I hadn't added anything more to our stockpile except a couple of things.
I think when you have tried your best and you realise the price rises and inflation are beating you and you aren't getting what you need to buy for the household it is time to raise the grocery budget.
On that note here is what we picked up on special since the last time I posted and I was on a cheap meat hunt to fill the freezer back up -
- 4.34 kg rump steak usually $23 kg for $8 kg at a little country supermarket.
- 2.5 kg of rindless short cut bacon usually $9 kg for $8 kg.
Total saving of $67.60 on usual prices.
I can now relax a bit more and get what we need without having to worry too.
For my reference, thinking I was doing badly on our grocery spend, I looked up what the average family of 2 adults in Australia spends per week on average is $239 per week :o for food and beverages (this is in 2016 according to a government statistics).
I am now doing happy dances and realising I was doing a good job and was able to top up our pantry also on our new $300 a month budget :).
Have a wonderful week ahead everyone and hope you all find lots of bargains for your household.
So true Lorna prices are inching up and making a dent in everyone's grocery budget. Yet though look how great you are doing according to the charts. Congratulations on doing a great job in saving.
My daughter shopped mostly at Lowe's before she moved overseas. She really loved the snip your own herb garden.
That sounds so neat..I would love to do that too
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