This a long one so grab a cup of coffee and read on.
Since my husband and I only get paid monthly and pay day was this past Friday, I decided to do shopping for the month. I spent all day Saturday paying our monthly bills and developing a budget.
I also went through the sales ads for the local grocery stores. There are three that I looked at ads for: Kroger, Food Lion, and Harris Teeter. I decided to do the majority of my shopping at Aldi and make a price list based on their prices. If I can find something cheaper elsewhere, then I will buy it there.
I then made a menu for dinners for the month and wrote down breakfast, lunch, and snack ideas for the month. I discussed it with my husband and we both agree we saved the most money when we did created a boat load of frozen meals so that was our plan.
I coordinated the days I worked with a frozen crock pot meal. Days we will be busy, I also planned a frozen meal. Really, there are only a handful of days that I will actually be cooking dinners.
This morning I set off to a local coffee shop to clip a few coupons and plan my attack at the local stores. I started off at Aldi and loaded up my cart while writing down prices and sizes of items for the price list. The total spent there: $290.84. My husband had just got done with an Uber job and met up with me to take the groceries from there home. I only have a 2 dr jeep wrangler and I needed the room for the rest of the stops! Plus it was 100 degrees here in NC and I didnt want all the ice cream goodies to melt! No Dairy Queen trips for us this month!!
I then headed over to Harris Teeter for their super double sales. I stocked up on toiletries and paper goods for a total of $34.29.
Off to Kroger (one of my faves!). I decided to walk the aisles looking for additional bargains as I had my coupons with me. They had chicken breasts on sale for $1.79/lb. That is really good for the area so I stocked up! I bought three pounds of sandwich pepperoni which was not on sale and a bit pricey, but my husband will use it to make a large amount of pepperoni rolls for lunches for the month so I figured it will save us in the long run. No fast food runs!! I did splurge and buy four 6 pks of Hershey bars. They were 2 packs for $7. When we crave chocolate, he will go to the local convenient store and get us candy bars so even though it was a splurge, it will save us in the end. Total spent there: $138.18.
The last store. Food Lion. They had top round london broil on sale for $2.99/pound. We have decided to grind our own beef for burgers and such, and this price is cheaper than ground beef anyway! Total spent: $66.90.
The way I figure, the only grocery runs we will have to do for the month of August will be for milk and bread and for my husband's birthday celebration. So, for the month of August, we have spend $530.21. I only budgeted $600 but honestly there will be meals for September too so we are ahead!