|March 31 Grocery Shopping|
On Tuesday, when I went grocery shopping at two stores and stocked up, I didn't think I would go grocery shopping again, before the end of the month!
But, one of the stores had advertised that their specials this week would include daughter's favorite brand of coffee on sale for $4.99/12 oz. package, if bought in multiples of two ($6.99 if bought singly; $9.99 regular price). And, their strawberries were on sale for $1.25/1 lb.
So, since I had $20.50 leftover in the March grocery budget, I decided to buy some coffee for her and a container of strawberries for myself. At first, I was going to buy only four packets of coffee, but then, I decided to splurge and get six, two of each flavor, and use $10 from my gifts/miscellaneous budget for the two additional packages. The coffee has been put in the fridge until her next visit home.
The coffee came to $29.94 and I spent a total of $31.19 for the six packages of coffee and container of strawberries.
The receipt tells me I spent $31.19 and I saved $32.74! LOL! I love it when the receipts tell me I "saved" $X, because I never look at it that way! Simply because I most probably wouldn't have bought those items at full price! I might have bought a single packet of coffee at full price if daughter was visiting this weekend, because we have come to the very end of the coffee I had bought for her, on an earlier sale. She usually leaves two packages here and takes the rest back, with her; with any luck, I am able to buy more coffee on sale for her before her stock runs out! She has tried buying other, less expensive brands of coffee, but doesn't like them as much. So, she will pay full price for this particular brand of coffee, if she has to, which isn't that often, because I buy it on sale for her.
So, in March, I have spent:
3/6 = $7
3/14 = $13.73
3/27 = $19.43 + $14.34 = $33.77
3/31 = $31.19
Total = $85.69
March grocery budget = $75 + $10 from the gifts/miscellaneous budget = $85
I have gone over the budget by $.69, but I am not going to stress about that! I will make up for it in April; my April grocery budget will be $75 - $.69 = $74.31.
While I was at the grocery store, I made a note of few of the prices. This store is one of the major grocery stores here, part of a chain of supermarkets, not one of the no-frills/discount stores or an ethnic grocery store. I shop at this store when they have good sales (like the coffee) and some other items like bread and milk, but not for a lot of my fresh produce. If I shopped here for my produce, my grocery bills will be higher!
|Supermarket Grocery Store||No Frills Grocery Store||Ethnic Grocery Store||Comments|
3/$.99 = $.33@ (this week)
I will buy from No Frills store
Apples (small); various types
Apples (large); various types
$.49/lb (Golden Delicious)
They always have one kind of large apples on sale, each week, but the variety changes from week to week; last week, it was Granny Smith apples on sale
n/a; usually $.69 or less
Green bell pepper
$.39/lb (last week)
3/$1 = $.34@
$.49/lb (last week)
Blackberries (6 oz)
$.99 (last week)
Strawberries (1 lb)
$2.99 (last week)
I try to buy them at $.99/lb., but I will pay up to $1.50 if only for me; $2.99 only if I am buying for the almsgiving or rosary gathering.
Obviously not an exhaustive list, but just to give an idea of prices and comparisons. I could do a similar table for meat/fish, too, if anyone is interested. Ham is on sale this week, with prices varying from $.99/lb.(full half ham, fully cooked, bone-in) to $1.49/lb. (spiral sliced, fully cooked; same brand as the $.99/lb ham.) to $2.49/lb. (spiral sliced, fully cooked, store brand) at the supermarket store. The full half ham is $1.99/lb at the no frills store and the spiral sliced ham is $2.49/lb. (same brand of ham; the "no frills" store has the same parent company as the supermarket store). Often, these special, seasonal items sell for more at the no frills store than at the supermarket! One really has to study the prices; one can't assume that the no frills store will automatically be less expensive.
I am blessed that I have several stores in which to shop (there are more stores in my neighborhood, but these are the three stores I go to on a regular basis), a car, and I can drive myself to my grocery store of choice or all three if I wish to. Not everyone has these options. However, if I had to pick only one store because I have to rely on public transit, then, the no-frills store would be the most convenient (1 bus), although they didn't list a lot of specials in their sales ad this week; the other two stores would require taking two buses and transferring. Doable, but not as convenient, especially on the weekends when the buses don't run as frequently.
If I could only shop at the regular supermarket grocery store, then, I would buy what was on sale this week: green beans and Brussels sprouts at $.99/lb. over the broccoli and asparagus at $1.99/lb., for example. Apples at $.99/lb. (often 2-3 apples per lb) over a single mango for the same price. And, I would have bought the strawberries (I had some after I came home and they were delicious!).
How did you do with your grocery shopping, this month? Did you manage to stay within budget? Did you go over? Did you come under?
This is what happened when I tried to take the picture of my grocery shopping:
|Coffee, Strawberries, and a Photo-bombing Dancer!|