This post follows “A Day in the Life of My Grocery Budget” and “A Day in the Life of My Grocery Budget Pt. 2.” The concept here is very simple. I’m sharing every grocery purchase I make in a month so you can really see where my money goes and how we spend only $210 a month on groceries. So here is “A Day in the Life of My Grocery Budget: Part 3.”
First of all, let me remind you that I want you to be inspired to find deals and 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 the lovely details here. My second week’s total was $67.28, so that means my monthly total for the first two weeks of the month was $125.05.
You’ll notice that I spent more at the beginning of the month and less at the end. This is pretty typical, but you can’t be too extreme. If you spend $175 at the beginning, then it will be harder to have enough for fresh fruits and veggies later on in the month.
Sam’s Club Purchases Week 3
- $1.39 Bananas
- $1.99 Skim Milk
- $3.38 Total
Yes, my friends, the only things I had to purchase for us at Sam’s this week were bananas and milk. This is because I am so stocked with all of the veggies I bought last week and the meat in my freezer from sales. I also bought some fruit at Bi-Lo which was on sale for a great price.
Bi-Lo Purchases Week 3
Remember how I mentioned that Bi-Lo issues store survey coupons for $5 off a purchase of $40? Well I had my $5 off coupon in hand once again and a carefully calculated list of exactly what items I would buy to end up with a $40 total. This grocery trip was particularly random due to the sales, but you’ll see that I stocked up on a lot of little things along with some meat and personal care items.
|Item||Retail Price||Sale Price Card Savings||Coupon||Price Paid||Percent Saved|
|(2) Blue Diamond Almonds 6 Oz. Cans||$5.29 each||$3.50
|$.50 (doubled)||$6.00 for 2||43%|
|(2) Lance Cracker 6-count||$2.65 each||$1.50 each||$1.00 off 2||$2.00 for 2||62%|
|Off Brand Oreo Cookies||$2.99||$2.99||0%|
|Chicken Drum Sticks 2 lbs||$6.69||$6.69||0%|
|Hebrew National Hotdogs||$6.69||$3.95||$3.95||41%|
|Jimmy Dean Bacon||$7.99||BOGO||$.75 off||$3.24||59%|
|2 Black plums||$1.30 per lb||$1.25 per lb||$.65||4%|
|2 Nectarines||$2.13 per lb||$1.25 per lb||$1.06||41%|
|1 Ear White Corn||$.75||$.30||$.30||60%|
|Gain Laundry Detergent||$6.61||$5.00||$2.00 off||$3.00||55%|
|2 Pillsbury Pizza Crusts||$2.79 each||$5.58||0%|
|5 Yoplait Yogurt Cups||$.65 each||$.50 each||$.50 off five||$2.00||38%|
|Ben & Jerry’s Pint||$5.19||$3.00||$2.00 off||$1.00||81%|
|Suave Shampoo for Men’s||$2.49||$2.00||$1.00 off||$1.00||60%|
|Axe Men’s Deodorant||$5.50||$4.00||$1.50 off||$2.50||55%|
|Bi-Lo Survey Coupon||$5.00 off $40||13%|
My total was $39.56, but notice that I purchased shampoo, laundry detergent, and deodorant. I budget for all of those things under “personal care” which I keep around $80-$100 per month. My personal care budget includes paper products, cleaning supplies, beauty supplies, dental care items, haircuts, and hygiene products. So the grocery portion of my purchase was $32.04.
What I’ve Learned
Honestly, Writing these posts has helped me see that I still have room for improvement. I did some things very well and got over 50% savings, but I still bought 4 items full price. If I had planned ahead I could easily have gotten the chicken and Pillsbury pizza crusts on sale with coupons. It is now my personal goal to never pay full price for a shelf item, frozen item, or meat product. Even most of my produce is bought on sale or at a seasonal low price.
Also, I was super annoyed that I paid $3 for a pack of off-brand Oreos! I remember when we were kids and we’d get off brand cookies for $1. So honestly, had I planned ahead better and bought regular Oreos on sale with a coupon, I would have gotten regular Oreos for a better price. However, I bought these cookies to make Oreo Peanut Butter Pie for a night we’re having company over, so they’re worth it!
$32.04 for a week of groceries is pretty awesome. Another thing to notice is that I got a pint of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream for a dollar. This is a product that I would never buy normally, but I was able to get a good enough deal to be able to try it. That totally made my day!
Side Note: This was the week we paid off the last of our debt, and I felt like such a rich woman! Now, I can buy my groceries on sale, not because I HAVE to, but because I want to! Yahoo! If you missed how we paid off our debt, check out “Debt Recovery Step Two: Perspective & Budgeting.”
Discipline is the key to freedom.
My Sam’s Club total, $3.38, combined with my Bi-Lo total, $32.04, equals $35.42. I am not only stocked for this month besides a few produce items and milk, but I have begun stocking things for next month’s meals. Happy! We plan to host our pastor’s family (10 people) next week, and I don’t have to break a sweat because I got great deals and can serve them a nice meal. I also got to splurge and buy almonds for Ryan which he loves!
Finally, discipline really is the key to freedom, even in grocery budgeting. The better I budget, the better we eat and the less I have to worry about our grocery bill. Also, when we budget well, we set ourselves up for the next month by stocking up ahead, and we get to splurge on extras. Love it!
Week 1 Total: $57.77
Week 2 Total: $67.28
Week 3 Total: $32.04
Cumulative Total: $157.09
Budget Money Left for the Month: $52.91
Do you have any questions? I hope you’re seeing now how easy it really is to save money on groceries!