|This Week's Groceries|
I stopped at the grocery store on my way home from work, today, and bought:
1 gal. milk, $2.69
1 loaf bread, $1.99
1 box pancake mix, $1.99
2 cans tuna, @ $.89
1 package (12 oz.) frozen fish fillets (pollock), $2.49
1 doz. eggs, $3.49
1.78 lb. bananas, @ $.69/lb = $1.23
1+ lb. ground beef (sirloin), 90% lean, $3.99/lb = $4.71 (73% lean was the same price per lb., so I chose the leaner meat)
Total = $20.37
I also bought a bag of cat food (9.99) and a personal care item ($3.99), both of which were also taxed ($.79) which I don't include in my grocery total.
I also had a "valued customer" coupon from the grocery store, which entitled me to a 15% off total bill; the discount came to $5.15! With the discount and tax, the total bill came to $29.99. I figured the groceries-only portion of my bill (with 15% discount) came to $17.31.
I had $25.17 left in my July grocery budget after last week's grocery shopping. So, with today's shopping, I have: $25.17 - $17.31 = $7.86.
That will still allow me to buy a couple of whole chickens, which are on sale for $.89/lb. at a different store (whole chickens at the store I went to today were $1.89/lb).
I also have a second 15% off coupon valid for later this month - I might have to borrow from the August budget to take advantage of the coupon.
I haven't quite decided what to make with the ground beef, but I will cook it tomorrow, with onion, carrots and celery added to it. Then, it can be portioned and frozen for future meals, too.
I didn't buy any additional fruits, other than the bananas, because I still have apples, mangoes, and an orange in the fridge. And I didn't need to buy any vegetables because I have cabbage, beets, carrots, 1/3 cucumber in the fridge and frozen corn and peas and tomato in the freezer.
How is your July grocery budget coming along? Are you managing to keep to your budget?