Later, in the afternoon, the sun began to shine and I went shopping. First, to the pharmacy to pick up the iron supplements. Then, to the dollar store (adjoining the pharmacy) for a few things:
|Dollar Store Purchases|
I mostly went to buy the nightlight bulbs and the toothpaste (not included in the grocery budget), but I also bought:
2 packets of rice cakes (1 whole grain, 1 sesame) = $2.00
1 packet of Spanish rice & pasta mix = $1.00
1 packet cheese crackers = $1.00
1 can pineapple pieces = $1.00
1 jar apricot preserves = $1.00
1 packet sunflower seeds (pepitas) = $1.00
1 lb. packet bacon = $1.99
bananas @$.49/lb = $.48
Total = $9.47
The store also had these wheat crackers, but, I thought, with a name like that, I had better leave it on the shelf!
|I do like the serving suggestion that is pictured, don't you?|
After that, I went to the regular grocery store (in the same shopping mall).
|Grocery Store Purchases|
1 gal. drinking water (not shown; earthquake supplies) = $.99
1 smoked sausage (14 oz.) = $1.99*
1 bag frozen meatballs = $2.27*
2 packages shortbread cookies, @$1.49 = $2.98* (to take to the temple on Friday)
1 package bagels = $1.99 - $.40 coupon = $1.59
1 package low fat cream cheese = $1.79
3 mangoes, @$.33 = $.99
1 small sourdough bread = $.71
4 bags dried pea pod snacks, @ $.99 = $3.96 (treat for daughter, who will be visiting next weekend)
Total = $21.23
* Mix and Match sale items; sale price is $1 off the regular price.
Total spent on groceries today = $9.47 + $21.23 = $30.70
In addition (not shown and not included in the grocery totals), I bought 3 solid air fresheners (@$.99 - $.60 coupon = $2.37; 1 can insect spray = $3.69; 2 bags cat food @ $8.99; and a box of laundry detergent (68 loads) = $15.49. These items are all taxable and the tax came to a total of $3.81
This is the first time I've had to buy laundry detergent since the end of 2015, when I bought a big bucket from Costco, which I have been sharing with daughter (she has already asked if she can have some of the laundry detergent to take back with her!). I have allowed my Costco membership to lapse and haven't renewed it. I wonder how long this box will last me; I usually do about 3 loads of laundry a week.
May grocery budget = $70
Spent to date = $34.50 + $6.11 + $30.70 = $71.31
Over spent = $1.31
Oops! Maybe I shouldn't include the cookies for the temple and treats for my daughter in my grocery budget! As it is, I will need to borrow from the June grocery budget to buy milk, next weekend!
Today, I am grateful for:
- Being able to take another day off from work
- Sunshine in the afternoon
- Being able to do my grocery shopping
- Phone calls and emails from friends
- Video chatting with daughter
How is your May grocery budget coming along? Are you within budget for the month or have you already overspent like I have?