I did my first grocery pick up for March, today. Jennifer wasn't there, but, a young man named Dustin brought the groceries out to the car. He must be a new hire because his name tag was a hand written piece of paper pinned to his jacket. But, he did all the things he was supposed to do - asking me to verify my name, asking if I had any paper coupons, confirming that they had everything I had ordered, etc. He seemed very friendly and pleasant.
3 bananas @ $.75/lb. = $0.68
3 lb. bag mandarins (on sale with digital coupon; $5.99 without coupon) = $3.99
5 Gala apples (2.58 lbs. @ $0.89/lb. with digital coupon; $1.99/lb. without coupon) = $2.30
1 bottle apple juice (64 fl. oz.; reg. price $2.69) = $1.99
1 broccoli crown @ $1.98/lb. = $1.39
1 cucumber = $0.79
1 bag frozen corn, 12 oz., reg. price $1.25 = $0.99
1 bag frozen green peas, 12 oz., reg. price $1.25 = $0.99
6 Roma tomatoes (2.29 lb. @ $0.99/lb.) = $2.27
3 lb. bag yellow onions = $2.99 (I nearly cried because the ethnic store was selling onions 4 lb./$1)
1 doz. large eggs (on sale with digital coupon; reg. price $5.99) = $3.99
1 loaf bread = $1.99
6 bagels = $2.99 (I had ordered store brand, they substituted a name brand, on sale this week for $4.49, for the same price)
1/2 gallon milk (reg. $2.79) = $2.39
1package cream cheese (8 oz.) = $2.39
1 box hot cocoa mix, 8 count = $2.29 (they didn't have it available for pick up the last time I ordered groceries, but, this time, it was available)
2 packets chocolate wafer cookies @$1.00 = $2.00
My total came to $36.42
My March grocery budget is $100. I had $67.91 leftover in the February grocery budget, but, for the first time in a long time, I am not carrying that balance forward! I am applying February's leftover funds to my natural gas bill! Specifically to replenish what I paid already for the January bill of nearly $700!
March grocery budget = $100
Spent to date = $36.42
Balance left = $63.58
I will probably do a bigger grocery order towards the end of the month, but for now, I have plenty.
I am grateful for:
- Being able to order groceries online
- People doing the shopping for me and bringing everything to my car
- Being able to pick up my groceries, free with a minimum purchase
- The availability of food
- A safe drive to the store and back
How about you? Have you done any grocery shopping yet, in March? Are you finding bargains and good deals? Have you had to adjust your grocery budget so far this year?