This post is the final post in my “A Day in the Life of My Grocery Budget” series. Once again, 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 for two people. Here is “A Day in the Life of My Grocery Budget: Part 4.”
Week Four Spending
Okay friends, we’re finally to the end of a month, and I’m going to share what I bought week four. You might notice that I didn’t do any big shopping trips or sale hauls for this last week of the month. Because we’re stocked pretty well, I really just had to buy some perishable items.
You might be saying, “Wait, you’re posting this four days before the end of the month! What if you need something else?” My answer? I’m stubborn. We just refuse to go to the store for those four days. Honestly, we will have milk, produce, and meat for the rest of the month, and our pantry is stocked with staples. We’re good to go!
First, I’ll share what I bought at Sam’s Club for the last week of the month:
- $9.51 Chicken Breast
- $3.98 Carrot Sticks
- $1.99 Skim Milk
- $2.78 2 Bunches of Bananas
- $4.98 Watermelon
- $2.28 36 Eggs
- $25.52 Total
I was particularly excited that my Sam’s Club had such a good price on eggs, about 6.3 cents an egg. Holy cow!!! So cheap! I love deals like that. Eggs are great for breakfasts, baking, and filler in recipes like meatballs or fried rice. When you’re only spending 12 or 13 cents for breakfast, that’s pretty awesome!
Everything I bought at Sam’s this week was perishable. I love when I’m spending most of my budget on fresh ingredients. We had company this week, so a lot of this went toward one special meal. However, when you get a watermelon, you have watermelon coming out of your ears. We’ll definitely be eating bananas and watermelon for days!
Next, I’ll share my Bi-lo spending.
This may be my tiniest Bi-lo haul ever. “Haul” is not even an appropriate word. I only bought what I needed for the rest of the month. Which was…
- $2.00 5 Ears of Corn
- $1.50 Plastic Cups (for company)
- $2.29 Bag of Ice (again, company)
- $3.25 Butter
- $2.50 Block of Cheddar Cheese
- $11.54 Total
Okay, honestly, this Bi-lo trip was a fail. I shouldn’t have had to buy butter or cheese full price. Eek. I will do my best to keep better stock and plan ahead better. I seriously can’t believe that I paid that much for butter! Never again. Sam’s Club butter is like $2.50 per pound. Next time, I’ll keep better stock.
My totals for this week were $25.52 at Sam’s Club and $11.54 at Bi-Lo. I also spent $11.00 at a local sidewalk grocery sale which I’m super excited to post about soon. For now, you’ll have to trust that I got a great deal and spent $11.00 there. That brings week three to a total of $48.06.
Now, let’s review the last three weeks. If you missed those posts, you can check out the beginning of this series, here.
Week 1 Total: $57.77
Week 2 Total: $67.28
Week 3 Total: $32.04
Week 4 Total: $48.06
Cumulative Total: $205.15
Budget Money Left for the Month: $4.85
You guys, we made it through the month with almost $5.00 left over! You know what, that’s pretty awesome. Some months, I might use that last five dollars for something. This month, we’re covered. I’m just going to let that $4.85 sit in the bank.
Final Thoughts: You can do this!
I hope these posts have shown you that you can do this whole budgeting thing. Whatever your magic “number” is, you can manage it! You can even start your goals small and grow them. Try to shave $10 off your grocery budget this month, or $20. Maybe next month you can shave $50. Little by little you can reach a number that is comfortable for you and your family.
And please, remember, everybody is different. Your perfect budget might not work for me. We eat differently, shop at different stores, have different sale opportunities, and that’s okay. From this, I hope you’re learning principles that you can apply and tweak to fit your budget, your meal plan, and your lifestyle.
When I realized that we could save somewhere around $200 per month by grocery shopping this way, I became determined to be a super smart grocery shopper. We still eat well, and we definitely eat pretty healthy. We could live on less, but we chose a number we can accept that doesn’t feel like it’s breaking our bank.
I encourage you to “eat” less of your savings and shop smart. You’ll find you can still eat well at a fraction of the retail cost.
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