I had set my May grocery budget at $75.00, as usual. The month started out fine.
In Week 1, I went grocery shopping twice and spent: $2.60 + $11.47 = $14.07
Amount left in the budget at the end of Week 1: $75 - $14.07 = $60.93
In Week 2, I went grocery shopping twice, again and spent: $21.44* + $24.67 = $46.11
* The $21.44 includes $10.48 for two bags of coffee for daughter. If I take the coffee out of the grocery budget (and pay for it from the gifts budget, for example), the groceries would have amounted to $10.96 for that particular shopping trip and Week 2 grocery totals would have amounted to $35.63
Total spent after Week 2 = $14.07 + $46.11 = $60.18 (with purchase of coffee included); $49.70 (without purchase of coffee included).
Amount left in the budget: $75 - $60.18 = $14.82 (with coffee); $25.30 (without coffee)
In Week 3, I spent $1.51 for bananas (just over 2 lbs. @ $.69/lb) and $13.47 for three additional bags of coffee. The coffee was $5.99 minus $1.50 coupon = $4.49, each (=$13.47). My total came to $14.98.
Total spent after Week 3 = $14.82 - $14.98 = - $0.16 (with coffee); $25.30-1.51 = 23.79 (without coffee).
Week 4 grocery shopping is what I bought on Monday, May 22. Milk ($1.99 for 1/2 gal.), flavored coffee creamer ($1.99), strawberries (2 lbs. @ $.88/lb), cold cuts ($2.50) for sandwiches, and some cans of juice drinks (8 @ $.25 + deposit). My total came to $10.64.
Total spent after Week 4 = - $.16 - $10.64 = - $10.80 (with coffee); $23.79-$10.64 = $13.15 (without coffee).
Total spent on 5 bags of coffee for daughter = $10.48 + $13.47 = $23.95.
Obviously, if ones monthly budget is $75, then, spending almost $24 or nearly 1/3 of the budget on coffee for daughter is not a very wise thing to do! LOL! If I keep the cost of the coffee in my grocery budget, then, I am $10.80 over budget, this month (and there is another week left in this month?!)
If I take the coffee out, then, I still have $13.15 in the budget.
This is the closet "bean counter" in me, coming out to account for the budget to the last penny! LOL. I guess it really doesn't matter, in the long run. I have plenty of room elsewhere in my monthly budget to absorb this cost, if I want it to.
Or, maybe I should just adjust the budget and increase it to $100 for May to accommodate the purchase of the coffee?
The weekly grocery ads came in the mail, today. There is very little that I need to buy; I need to finish what I have in the fridge and freezer, instead! I have chicken breasts and shrimp, the frozen meatballs I bought earlier, and still some vegetables and fruit.
How is your May grocery budget coming along?