Friday, October 31, 2008

October's Grocery Budget Report

It seems crazy that today is the last day of October, and tomorrow is the first day of November!! I have done pretty good this month. I decided to shop and menu plan for 2 weeks at a time and save 1 trip to town. October was my "experiment" month with that to see how I liked it. I like it fine :) It doesn't seem that I'm really "saving" more money that way as far as groceries go, but I do like not having to plan a menu EACH week, and only going to town every OTHER week (which does save gas money).

For October I shopped twice:
$52.41
$37.76
Total: $90.17

That was for 4 weeks, so my weekly average is: $22.54! $2.46 under budget per week :) So now I can add $9.84 to my meat fund, bringing it up to $13.83. Nice.

So, that's the update! I hope I can come in under the wire this well through the holidays. I've started printing coupons off the Internet that I find for baking things - chocolate chips, brown sugar, etc.

Oh, and remember that $.59/lb turkey that I bought? Well, I used some of it last night to make a turkey pot pie. It was YUMMY!!! Well worth the money spent on the sale and the time cooking it and picking it so all I had to do was pull two baggies (1 cup ea.) of cooked, picked turkey meat out of the freezer, thaw it in the microwave a bit, and throw it in with the rest of my pot pie filling :)

3 comments:

Phoebe said... [Reply to comment]

Good job on your budget!

I shop and menu plan for 2 weeks at a time, too. I love it! The town I grocery shop in is about 20 miles or so away..so this really comes in handy for the gas budget.

I'll take the savings wherever it comes from! :)

Liz said... [Reply to comment]

Good for you! I'm sure it's such a great feeling to come in UNDER budget!

Sally said... [Reply to comment]

Question: Do you save your menus from week to week to reuse them at some point? I just wondered.

Congratulations on coming under budget. And, congratulations on your great turkey find and pickings!