Today, I picked up my grocery order and had my groceries brought to the car by the very friendly Jennifer. They had almost everything I had ordered, but, they didn't have the 16 oz. bunch of kale I wanted and I didn't want the 12 oz. bag of chopped kale they offered as a substitution. They also substituted Red Delicious apples instead of the Fuji apples, I ordered, but, that was fine with me.
5 Bananas (1.73 lb. @ $0.68/lb.) = $1.19
Green grapes (1.74 lb. @ $1.49/lb. with digital coupon; reg. price $3.49/lb.) = $2.60
Apples (1.33 lb. @ $1.69/lb.) = $2.25
2 cucumbers, $0.99@ = $1.98
Green beans (1+ lb. @ $2.49/lb.) = $2.56
Onions (3 lb. bag) = $2.99
Frozen green peas (12 oz. bag) = $1.25
Bread, 1 loaf (20 oz., white) = $1.99
Hamburger buns (8 ct., 12 oz.) = $1.99
Half & Half (32 fl.oz.) = $3.49
Milk 1/2 gal. = $2.69
Brown sugar (2 lb. bag) = $2.99
Peppermint candy (9 oz. bag) = $1,99
Flour, (all purpose, 5 lb. bag) = $3.19
Grocery Total = $33.15
In addition, I bought these non-grocery items which are not included in my grocery budget:
Cat food (1 can, 5.5 oz.) = $0.89
Rubber gloves (2 pairs @ $2.19/pair) = $4.38
Antacid tablets, 72 ct. jar = $6.29
Plus $1.09 sales tax (on non-grocery items)
Non-grocery items total = $12.65
Total spent (groceries and non-grocery items plus tax) = $45.80
Pick up was free because my total was more than $35.
January Grocery Budget = $100
Spent to date = $68.49 + $33.15 = $101.64
"Borrowed" from February's budget = $1.64
I had $31.51 left in January's budget after my first grocery shopping trip on January 7. I knew I would have to borrow from February's budget for the next grocery shopping trip, if only to qualify for the free pick up. I went over my January grocery budget by $1.64 on this shopping trip and that will be deducted from February's budget.
I might need to pick up more fresh produce before the end of the month, especially since I didn't get the kale I was planning to get, but, I'll see how that works out. I am OK with borrowing another $35 from February's grocery budget, especially since I didn't increase my January grocery budget to accommodate the fact that daughter extended her stay and she'll be here for most of January. She has offered to contribute to the grocery budget, but, I declined her offer!
Today, I am grateful for:
- The availability of groceries
- Curbside (parking lot, actually) pickup
- My car started (after not being driven all week)
- A safe drive to the store and back
- Sunshine in the morning (very cloudy afternoon and a frost warning for tonight)
Today's joyful activity was picking up groceries!
How is your grocery shopping coming along? Are you managing to keep to your budget? I know some people are doing a January no spend/low spend/eat from the freezer and pantry challenge; how is that coming along?