I put in an order of groceries on Sunday evening and picked it up, Monday at noon. My groceries were brought to the car by Eric and I asked him about Jennifer and he told me that she is mostly working the closing shift. I'm glad she's still there, even if I haven't seen her recently.
My last grocery shopping trip was on January 25th. I had considered going shopping later that week to take advantage of a couple of sales, but, didn't. I had $28.17 leftover from January's grocery budget of $200, which I brought forward to February and used up on this shopping order, to take advantage of salmon fillets being on sale, much to my daughter's delight! Am I spoiling her? Yes, I am, absolutely! I probably won't be buying a lot of salmon once she goes back to Berkeley!
This week's groceries included:
2 lb. ground turkey, on sale for $2.97/lb. (reg. price $5.99) = $5.94
3.4 lb. salmon, @ $7.99/lb. (reg. price $11.99) = $27.17 (Ha! I still have exactly $1 left from the January budget! LOL!)
1 doz. eggs = $2.49
1/2 gal. half & half = $3.99
1/2 gal. milk = $2.29
6 Bananas @ $.64/lb. = $1.54
1 Pineapple = $2.99
<1 lb. Cherries @ $3.98/lb. = $3.83
2.2 lb. Apples @$1.48/lb. = $3.41
Broccoli @ $1.98/lb. = $1.21
1 cucumber = $.99
3.35 lb. onions @ $.99/lb. = $3.32
2 lb .bag whole carrots = $1.99
3 boxes flavored rice mixes @$1 = $3.00
1 loaf multi-grain bread (24 oz.) = $1.99
1 bag (8 oz.) potato chips (reg. $4.39) = $1.97
1 bag (8 oz.) hot Cheetos (reg. $4.49) = $2.49*
2 bottles (@38 oz.), ketchup @ $2.99 (reg. price $4.39) = $5.98*
2 boxes cereal (@10.8 oz) @ $1.49 (reg. price $4.99) = $2.98*
5 pack boxed mac & cheese (reg. price $6.29) = $4.49*
1 bottle (24 fl.oz.) pancake syrup (reg. price $5.49; brand name) = $1.99*
Total = $86.05
* Stock up items that were part of a "Buy 5 or more participating items and get $1 off per item" sale; some had coupons that could be applied to them, as well. For example, the cereal was on sale for $1.99/box, but, I was able to apply a coupon for $1 off the purchase of 2 boxes, bringing the price per box down to $1.49.
I bought 2 bottles of ketchup because I had just finished the bottle I was using and that had been my spare bottle! I had been holding out for a good sale to stock up and with prices on the rise, I figured this was as good a sale as I was going to get for a long time. So, one bottle to use now and one for the pantry. If this particular brand of ketchup (I'm not brand loyal on many things, but, ketchup is one of them!) goes on sale at a "good price" ($3 or under) in summer, then, I might buy another bottle or two; but, the company has recently announced price increases of up to 30% on a number of their products effective March, so, who knows what future "sale" prices will look like? I used to have a price book, at one time, but, I have since given up on that! Now, I aim for the current lowest price and am grateful that I can buy food and there is sufficient room in the grocery budget to afford the occasional splurges. I know I am blessed to be able to do that.
Once again, my grocery budget for February is $200, plus $28.17 carried over from January = $228.17
Spent to date = $86.05
Balance left in the grocery budget: $228.17 - $85.06 = $143.11
In addition to the groceries, I also bought a bouquet of flowers for $7.67 (including tax), which brought my total bill to $93.72, but, the flowers are not from my grocery budget.
How is your February grocery shopping coming along? Have you bought any groceries yet, this month?