Previously, I shared “A Day in the Life of My Grocery Budget” just to help you all see how I spend so little on groceries by seeing real deals and receipt numbers. Because of the great response I’ve received, I decided to continue to share the rest of my grocery purchases for the rest of the month. Hopefully, this will show a full picture of a $210 monthly budget for 2 people. So here is “A Day in the Life of My Grocery Budget: Part 2.”
The goal of these posts is not for you to copy the exact purchases, but to be inspired to find deals. You will need to customize your own grocery budget to maximize savings while meeting your family’s needs. As a reminder, my first week of grocery purchases totaled $57.77, and you can read about all of the lovely details here. I am no expert, but changing the way I shop has helped us save a lot of money on groceries.
First, let me start off explaining week 2 by sharing about my Sam’s Club purchases.
- $3.98 3 lbs. Red Grapes (on sale!)
- $1.99 Skim Milk
- $9.15 5 lb. Block of Parmesan Cheese
- $7.98 60 oz. bottle of POM Wonderful Juice (this was a splurge for me)
- $4.98 38 oz. Oikos Greek Yogurt
- $28.08 Total
I chose to splurge on the juice because it’s one of my favorites, and it was on sale for $2 less than it normally is. I think it’s also fair to note that the block of Parmesan Cheese will likely last us two months. Even though Sam’s Club is already great prices, the grapes were $1 cheaper than normal and the juice was $2 cheaper. So I saved $3 extra. Nice.
Next, I headed to Bi-Lo. Remember how I mentioned that Bi-Lo issues store surveys for $5 off a purchase of $40? Well I had my $5 off coupon in hand and a carefully calculated list of exactly what items I would buy to end up with a $40 total. This trip wasn’t a crazy savings kind of day, but it was fun. My husband came with me, and we had a little shopping date.
|Item||Retail Price||Sale Price Card Savings||Coupon||Price Paid||Percent Saved|
|Hershey’s Cookies & Crème Kisses||$3.75||BOGO free||$1.87||50%|
|12 oz. GUMBO Shrimp||$7.99||$5.99||$5.99||26%|
|1 lb. Hickory Sweet Bacon||$4.00||$4.00||0%|
|1 lb.Ground Italian Sausage||$4.99||$3.00||$3.00||40%|
|2 RITZ 8ct. Cracker Packs||$3.19||BOGO free||$1.00 off 2||$2.19 for 2||66%|
|5 lbs. Russet Potatoes||$3.50||$2.50||$2.50||29%|
|Green Bell Pepper||$1.00||$1.00||0%|
|1 English Cucumber||$1.50||$1.50||0%|
|Glad Plastic Wrap||$2.89||$2.75||$2.75||4%|
|16 oz. Cream Cheese||$2.50||$2.50||0%|
|Large Coffeemate Creamer||$3.50||$3.00||$3.00||14%|
|8 bags Frozen Veggies||$3.98 x 8 = $31.84||$1.99 for 2||$7.96 for 8||75%|
|Bonus Coupon||$5 off 40||12%|
$39.20 (after tax)
I’ll be the first to admit that I bought quite a few items that weren’t on sale, but they were small ticket items that don’t go on sale often. Because of the killer deal I got on frozen veggies and the coupons that I had, I ended up saving more than I spent. That’s happy. I also stocked a lot of items that filled out my pantry, fridge, and freezer for meals the next few weeks.
The look on Ryan’s face when my total added up to $79.73 before the card and coupon savings were calculated was priceless. Then, the relieved look on his face when the total went down to $39.20 was also priceless. I get excited that I am helping our grocery budget stretch so we can buy better food for less. Also, I am also enabling us to pay off debt faster because we’re not spending as much on groceries. It’s a win all the way around!
Side Note: Last month, we got our debt down from $4,500 to $2,500. This month, we’ve already paid off $1,000. Our goal is to skimp, save, and work side jobs enough to pay off that last $1,500 by the first of September. AH! We are so close to being debt free. If you missed how all of that happened, check out where we started in my post, “Let’s Talk About Debt.”
My Sam’s Club total, $28.08, combined with my Bi-Lo total, $39.20, equals $67.28. I have now stocked everything I need for the rest of the month besides weekly milk and produce. Happy! This means that I can focus the next two weeks on stocking up for next month, and then perhaps we can host company for a meal. I might also splurge again to buy Ryan something extra that he likes to snack on like premium nuts or extra fruit. Snacks like these are always nice to have when we can afford them.
Week 1 Total: $57.77
Week 2 Total: $67.28
Cumulative Total: $125.05
Budget Money Left for the Month: $84.95
Is saving a game for you yet? Please feel free to share “savings victories” that have helped stretch your grocery budget!