Friday, July 30, 2021

Groceries on Thursday

I picked up another grocery order, today.  

I bought:

1 loaf sandwich bread = $1.50
1/2 gal. half & half = $3.99
1 bag hot cheese snacks = $3.49
6 frozen burritos @ $.49 = $2.94
2 mini seedless watermelon @ $1.99 = $3.98
4 bananas @ $.65/lb = $1.16
2 x 32 oz. strawberries @ $2.99 = $5.98
2 peaches @ $.98/lb = $.96
2 smoked sausages, store brand, 14 oz. each. @$2.50 = $5.00
1 tray (5.27 lbs) chicken thighs @ $.99/lb = $5.22
1 tray (6.09 lbs.) chicken breasts @ $.99/lb = $6.03
1 lb. lean ground beef = $3.99
1 tray (1.82 lbs) pork loin chops @ $2.98/lb. = $5.44
1 bag (9.5 oz) romaine salad mix = $2.50
1 lb. carrots = $0.99
1+ lb. green beans @ $1.99/lb = $2.09
2 corn on the cob @ $.50 = $1.00
0.97 lb. broccoli @ $1.98 = $1.93
2 x 1.5 qt. ice cream @ $3.00 = $6.00|
32 bottles (@16.9 fl. oz ) purified drinking water = $3.34 + $1.60 deposit = $4.94 

Total = $69.13

Obviously, a lot of the items I bought today will be eaten in August, as July is almost at an end.  But, I spent the money in July, so I am considering it as part of the July grocery spending.

July grocery spending:

Grocery store:

July 3: $36.18
July 11: $34.90
July 29: $69.13
July grocery store total = $140.21

Japanese store: $13.25
Sri Lankan store: $103.63

July Groceries Total = $140.21 + $13.25 + $103.63 = $257.09

Obviously my monthly grocery spending has increased in recent months, especially since daughter has also been home.  The trip to the Sri Lankan store, where I stocked up on tea, curry powder, and condiments, etc., as well as treats, put me over my grocery budget, in July.  But, it was a bit of a planned splurge and I am OK with that.  It is a blessing to be able to go over budget from time to time and I fully appreciate that!  I do plan to stay under budget in August.

Today I am grateful for:
- Being able to order groceries online
- Curbside grocery pick up
- A safe drive to the grocery store and back
- Being able to go above the budget from time to time
- A full fridge and freezer

How about you?  Did you keep to your grocery budget in July?  


  1. I have about a third of my July left but the knock on effect from that is that I have used more from the freezer and cupboards and eaten into my reserves. I'll need to sort that in August so it will even out eventually as I will probably spend more than planned in August.

    1. I, too, used up some items from the freezer (more than from the cupboards) in July. I might have to increase my grocery budget in August as prices seem to be creeping up! Fortunately, my gas (petrol) spending is still well under budget, so, the overall monthly spending remains more or less the same.

      Will you be carrying forward the remainder from the July grocery budget into August?

    2. I usually put any unused budgeted funds into a separate account to finance things like theatre trips and mini breaks away. Doing this encourages me to spend wisely because I like ending up with money to save for treats. If I overspend in August through trying to restock I have a buffer amount in the accounts and will make sure I don't spend more than that allows.

    3. That sounds like a nice way to finance those extras and treats! :) Sometimes I feel that I over think/over categorize my budget, but, I do have an "Entertainment/Eat Out" budget. During the lockdown, I would budget only a minimal amount for it because I wasn't going out, eating out, etc. Might have to take another look at that category and adjust the amounts because I've been eating out (or, at least, doing take out) a lot more, recently!

  2. I want to know about the hot cheese snacks. Anything that has cheese and snack in the name has to be good.

    1. LOL! It's Cheetos "Flamin' Hot" puffs! Daughter prefers the puffs to the crunchy and she just loves this flavor (I like it, too). I doubt very much if there is any cheese in them (maybe artificial cheese flavor), but, that's how the grocery store receipt described them! Sorry to disappoint you! :D I do have a recipe, from when I had to take cookery classes in 6th grade, for something called "cheese puffs" that do have grated cheese in them - I shall look for the recipe and post it, if you like. It was basically a cheesy dough mixture that you cut into pieces and deep fried...

  3. Your prices are very good. A shop like that here would be closer to $100. It's a bargain to get bread under $3 for a loaf. Oh, I love the flaming hot Cheetos! I try to resist them tho, always watching the carbs. Celie

    1. According to the store (Ralphs; a Kroger-affiliate) receipt, the regular cost of the groceries I bought would have been $117.43, so very close to what you estimated it would have cost over there! I apparently saved $48.30 by buying items that were on sale or had digital coupons applied to them. It is getting harder and harder to find good bargains, though!

  4. Thank you for the condolences on a previous post. I am doing well and hope you are too. Best, Celie

    1. You are welcome, Celie. Glad to know that you are doing well; I'm going well, too. :)

  5. You always seem to get so much for the amount of money you spend.
    I just did my July numbers and I am over budget again. I feel like you do and that is thankful that I can afford to buy what we want at the store and when we do go over the budget it doesn't create a hardship for us.
    But I do like to keep an eye on things.

    1. Thank you, Debra; I do try to get most value for my money. Yes, we are blessed to be able to spend what we want at the grocery store and going over budget is not a hardship. However, I do remember the days when money was tight and I had to budget to the penny.


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