My goal is to continue to stock up when I find good prices, with the idea that maybe I can permanently reduce my monthly grocery budget to $100. Budgeting is one of my weaknesses, and I am looking forward to making it my focus. At the end of the month, I will reassess my budget and decided if $100 a month (plus extra for our yearly meat purchase) is a reasonable budget to feed my family of 2 adults and 2 small children. Can I do this while still cooking healthy and tasty food?
Now, this idea developed as I was out doing my grocery shopping, so I bought a few unusual treats that were a good price. As the plan is that this will be a permanent change, I'm not going to worry about it.
So how did I do? I stuck pretty closely to the deals I had found by reading my flyers and checking my price book.
- Clover Leaf Sockeye salmon, Wild red pacific, regular size canned salmon (213 g) on sale 2 for $3 this week. X4 cans = $6.00
- TOTAL = $6.00
- Italpasta regular pasta (450 g) for 2 for $0.99, X8 = $3.96
- Red Rose Orange Pekoe 36 tea bags for $0.99, X1 = $0.99
- Christie cookies, (550 g) for $1.99, X2 = $3.98
- Maxwell House ground coffee, 925 g tin for $4.44, X1 = $4.44
- Brown rice, $1.99
- TOTAL = $15.36
- Satin Care shave gel for $1.99 - $2.00 from save.ca, X1 = $1.99 + $0.26 tax - $2.00 = $.25 (See, even FREE things aren't free!)
- Delmonte juice boxes for $1.99
- Cucumber for $0.99
- TOTAL = $3.23
- Yoplait yogurt tubs, 650 g for $1.97 - $1.00 coupon found in last month's Chatelaine magazine. X1 = $0.97
- Always pads (18) for $2.66 - $1.00 coupon from newspaper flyer and online source X2 = ($2.66 X 2) + $0.27 tax - ($1.00 X 2) = $3.59
- 4 L of milk = $3.99
- TOTAL = $8.55
Coupon Savings = $5.00
Overall, I think I did pretty well. I went over a $25 weekly budget (for 1/4 of my $100), but I find a monthly budget is more practical when stocking up. Depending on sales, I may only buy milk, eggs and yogurt next week!