Well, we made it through another week. The days are long (Thanks Allison for not napping anymore), but we’re surviving day by day. As you can see from the title, we’re finally ready to increase our grocery budget now that John’s comfortable in his new job! It’s going to be a little different now, though, as we’re increasing it even more than it was when we started.
We started out at $60 a week for the longest time, and then lowered it to $30 for the 4 months that John was unemployed. Now we’ve planned to increase our budget to $75 a week, and here’s why.
I’m making health a priority.
Ever since I started my weight loss journey in May of last year, I’ve been more conscious of what I eat. I understand the nutrition labels a lot better and I strive to make every day as balanced as I can. Increasing our grocery budget means I can buy more fresh produce and better quality food. Take a look at this canteloupe I got at the Farmer’s Market this weekend:
This thing is huge! I was planning to buy one at Aldi because it was on sale for $1.29. This thing was only 3 dollars and wasn’t even in the same league as the ones I saw at Aldi. I’d like to start shopping at our Farmer’s Market more often for this very reason! It’s fresh, and it’s local, so I’m supporting our community and giving these people an opportunity to grow more for us.
Now as you all know, I’m not perfect. I’ll still buy bread in addition to making my own, and I still buy a few pre-packaged snacks. I’m just being real. =) But little steps lead to big changes!
I include household items in the budget.
We don’t have a separate budget for the necessities, like shampoo and toilet paper, so I bundle everything up into the same budget. It’s worked out well for a long time, but I wanted to make sure I didn’t sacrifice food to be able to buy household items.
Does this change anything about my blog? Well, no, not really. $75 is a big step up and sounds like a lot, but I’m still using that money to the best of my ability. I still shop sales, use coupons, do whatever I can to get the lowest price. I just feel like this is the best step for our family right now and want to share how we’ll do it! It will take awhile to get used to, though. I’m still in the Emergency Mode mindset, so I kept trying to make our budget as low as possible. Next week should be better. Now, let’s see what I bought this week!
2 boxes of toothpaste: $2.99 each
- Were Buy One, Get One 50% off, so $4.50 for both
Bar soap: $1.50
2 bottles Suave Professionals shampoo: $2.49 each
- Used $1.50/2 mPerks coupon
- Final Cost: $1.75 each
Frozen stir fry veggies: $1.79
White whole wheat flour: $2.39
Wonton wraps: $2.49
2 boxes Nature Valley granola bars: $1.49 each
- Used $.50/2 printable coupon
- Final Cost: $1.25 each, plus submitted for a $.50 SavingStar rebate
Chobani Greek yogurt: $3.29
2 gallons of milk (one not pictured): $1.79 each
Tortilla chips: $1.39
3 pints blueberries: $.99 each
4 cans tomato sauce: $.25 each
3 cans diced tomatoes: $.55 each
Kidney beans: $.59
Half & Half: $1.89
4 cans tomato paste: $.39 each
2 packages zucchini: $1.59 each
2 bags brown rice: $1.19 each
Olive oil: $3.19
2 dozen eggs: $.89 each
Weekly Total: $64.79
Lunch is always leftovers. Items marked with an asterisk (*) were purchased in previous weeks.
Pepperoni pizza bites (Making own pizza sauce), frozen broccoli*, grapes
Tomato soup and grilled cheese* (Cheese in freezer), grapes
Taco cups* (Meat in freezer), frozen corn*, grapes
Red beans and rice, roasted zucchini
Blueberry waffles, eggs
Teriyaki chicken* (Meat in freezer, sauce in fridge), stir fry veggies
Blueberry zucchini muffins, scrambled eggs, canteloupe
Allison’s Breakfast and Lunch
Breakfast: Blueberry zucchini muffins, scrambled eggs, canteloupe
Lunch: Almond butter* and honey* sandwiches, string cheese*, banana
What’s on your menu for this week? Share below in the comments!
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