|September 18 Groceries|
1 loaf bread = $1.99
1 pkg. roast beef cold cuts; reg. price $4.49; on sale this week for $2.99; minus $.75 off coupon = $2.24
1 lb. pkg. ground beef; reg. price $6.49; on sale today (sell by date: 9/19) = $1.99
2 pkg. smoked sausages, on sale for $2.50@; minus coupon for $1 off 2 = $4.00
3 6-pk bottles of soda (only 1 shown) @ $1.99 + $.30 CRV; minus 3 $1.00 off coupons = $3.87
1 6-pk bottles of soda (not shown) @$1.99 + $.30 CRV = $2.29
The total receipt came to $29.48. Of which, $13.10 was for non-grocery items ($1.99 for Pine-Sol cleaner, $5.69 for Lime-Away cleaner; $3.58 for 2 boxes of small trash bags @$1.79; plus $1.84 tax for non-food items). Since my grocery budget doesn't include household items, I usually deduct them from my total. My grocery (food items only) total came to: $29.48 - $13.10 = $16.38.
Total spent on groceries so far in September = $5.86 + $4.80 + $4.83 + $9.49 + $16.38 = $41.36
Balance left in budget = $77.95 - $41.36 = $36.59
I wasn't planning to buy ground beef as I have a packet of browned ground beef in the freezer. But the reduced sticker caught my eye and seeing it was reduced to $1.99, I decided another package would be OK. There were two packets of the reduced ground beef and I was debating whether to get them both. But another shopper was also looking at the ground beef, and so, I took one package and pointed out the other reduced priced one to her. I will brown this package of ground beef, too, and freeze it.
It was the same story with the smoked sausages. I wasn't planning to buy them, but they were on sale for $2.50 each and I had a coupon for $1 off the purchase of 2, making the final price of each package $2.00, which is my price point for smoked sausages. I put both packages in the freezer, for later. So much for eating from the freezer, this month!
How is your grocery shopping and budget coming along? Would you buy an item if it was on sale, even if it wasn't on your shopping list?