Today, I picked up the groceries I had ordered, yesterday. There were no substitutions and they had everything I ordered.
6 bananas (2.17 lb. @ $.65/lb) = $1.41
2 pears (.88 lb. @ $1.49/lb.) = $1.31
1 cucumber = $.99
Green beans (1.12 lb. @ $1.99/lb) = $2.23
1 tray chicken thighs (4.71 lb. @ $.99/lb) = $4.66
1 pk. Italian sausages (5 ct; 3.6 oz@), reg. price $6.99 = $3.99
1 doz. large eggs = $1.90
1/2 gal. milk = $2.29
6 cans (14 oz. @) condensed milk @ $1.79 = $10.74
1 lb. cheese (mild cheddar; store brand) = $4.79
10 lb. rice (long grain, white) = $5.79
1 packet chocolate wafers (5.82 oz.) = $1.19
Total = $41.29
As I mentioned earlier, the rice and condensed milk were stock up items. I suppose the package of sausages, too, was a stock up item as it is for the freezer. I was very happy to see them on sale for $3.99, because, last week, they were "on sale" for $4.99 and I was wondering if that was going to be the new sale price and was I willing to pay that price (I figured that at $1 per sausage, it would still be an acceptable price, but, $3.99 is definitely better!)
In case anyone thinks that 6 bananas and 2 apples aren't enough fruit for 2 people for a week, I still have some apples, avocados, and grapes in the fridge, and plenty of oranges on the tree.
In addition to the green beans and cucumber I bought today, I have another half a cucumber in the fridge, some broccoli, kale, carrots, and peapods and greens from the garden.
March grocery budget (food items only) = $200, plus $11.21 carried over from February = $211.21
Spent to date = $63.42 + $41.29 = $104.71
Balance left in the budget = $211.21 - $104.71 = $106.50
My daughter is scheduled to leave at the end of this month. Starting in April, I will be budgeting $100 for groceries for myself. My pre-Covid grocery budget was $75 and, if I needed to, I could go back to that, but, for now, I will keep the budget at $100, as it will allow for some splurge items from time to time.
How is everyone doing with their March grocery shopping and budget? Are you still able to find some bargains? What are some of the typical prices you are paying for the groceries you are purchasing? I've been comparing the prices I pay to prices some British bloggers are paying and I find that we often pay more for our groceries! But, then, I know we pay less than what people in Canada tend to pay. I find it all very interesting.