$120 Aldi, Walmart and Kroger Grocery Haul

This is what I bought on the 28th of January. It is suppose to last my husband and I for two weeks until March 13th. My monthly budget was set at $300/month. Unfortunately I was not able to stick to it and so far I spent 22% more than planned. I will write another post on it in 2-3 weeks in which I will try to explain where did I go wrong and what I think I should have done differently.

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$60.53 Aldi Haul

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Aldi is the first store I went to. I have bought some things I needed and some things for my stockpile.

Stockpile Items

  1. Chicken

I have had enough meat/seafood for two weeks in my freezer before I left but Aldi had chicken breasts for $1.49/lb and I thought it was an excellent deal. I have never bought meat from Aldi before so I hope it is good since I have bought enough chicken for two weeks (over 7 lbs). I myself do not eat chicken and usually we buy organic meat from Costco. Spending that extra $14 now will allow me to spend more on more expensive items I like during my next shopping trip.

2. Bread

I picked up two extra loafs of bread at .99/loaf and put them in the freezer. I believed it was a sale price only to find later on that they always have them at .99/loaf. The white bread is even cheaper. I will not be buying extra the next time I go.

All of the other items where products I needed for my recipes.


 

$42.21 Walmart Haul

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Stockpile Items

  1. Tilapia

At $10.66/4lbs I thought it was a steal. I have never tried tilapia before so hopefully it will be good.

2. Butter (did not notice it was salted 😦 )

3. Frozen fruit.

I picked up an extra bag of frozen fruit for smoothies. Unfortunately the smoothies I have made with them do not taste as good as smoothies made with berries. I will have to pick an extra bag of berries next time I go shopping.

Update: I have never had tilapia before. We lived by the sea and we usually bought wild caught haddock and salmon. My husband eats everything I make and never complaints. That being said that fish is really gross. I could not stomach it and my husband could only eat half of his portion. I have done some research and apparently farmed fish like tilapia and cod are very unhealthy so beware! No amount of salt, lemon and garlic could make this fish eatable 😦


 

$20.13 Kroger Haul

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Stockpile Items

  1. Beans
  2. Ginger

 

I prepared a grocery list before I went to the store and a meal plan.

To give you a rough idea of what we eat in a week here is my meal plan for this week.

Breakfast: I would like to note that my husband only eats breakfast on the weekends and it is usually a french toasts, egg salad sandwiches, sandwiches, roasted veggies. Besides the above I also have oatmeal and cereal sometimes.

Lunch: I pack sandwiches or leftover dinners for lunch + 2pc of fruit.

Dinner: homemade pizza; tacos; homemeade burger; shrimp pasta; slow cooker stew; fried chicken w/ potatoes, chicken, raisins, onions and rice.

Snacks: Smoothies (at least 1 a day, sometimes 2 or 3); homemade banana bread or apple cake; cereal; oatmeal; yogurt; fruit; homemade fries; roasted veggies; hummus with bread/veggies.

 

 

 

 

 

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February ’16 Grocery Budget Part 1

Challenge #1 Limit grocery trips to 2/month

In my previous post I mentioned limiting grocery trips to 2/month. As of now I have already made 4 trips…  Oops.  I plan on making another trip before the 13th so that will bring the number of trips up to 5 which is 150% higher than I anticipated.

Original plan was to go shopping once on the 13th and once on the 27th or 28th of February.

Challenge #2 Each trip should cost no more than $150 and it should last at least 2 weeks.

I have made 4 trips, they should add up to $150.

  • Trip #1 Walmart (Feb 13th) $150 – $54.79 = $95.21 left

Total= Groceries (54.79) + Other (25.21) =81.85

I am posting my receipt here. Note that the underlined items are not groceries.

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  • Trip #2 Dollar Tree, Aldi (Feb 15) $95.21-($2+$37.92)=$55.29 left

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  • Trip #3 Kroger, Costco (Feb 17) $55.29-($14.15+$10.89)=$30.25

 

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  • Trips #4 Meijer, Kroger (Feb 18) $30.25-($3.36+$70.88)=-$43.99

 

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Eating out

We went out to eat once and it cost us additional $48.

Grocery Budget: -$43.99-$48=-$91.99

Conclusion

It is clear that without a grocery list and a meal plan I can not achieve my goal of cutting my food budget to $300/month. Two weeks into the challenge I have spent $241.99 out of the $150 I was planning on spending. That is 62% over budget. I have $58.01 left until March 13th. Can I do it?

$150 Grocery Budget Challenge (Ohio)

Help!

My grocery budget was getting out of control and I knew I needed to change something. Every trip to a grocery store gave me an anxiety and I had no idea where was my money going. The totals at the cash register were always a surprise and I was throwing out a lot of food that went bad.

Where is my money?

I have always paid for my groceries with a  debit card so when I went through my statements for the past 5 months I have realized I was spending over $700 a month for food and eating out for myself and my husband. I have decided to cut that in half effective immediately. My current budget is $300/month for the two of us (or $150/month each).

I need to regain control 

The second I established the budget I felt relived. I now feel in control of my money. I plan my grocery trips around grocery ads and I base my meals on what is available on sale. I shop at Costco, Aldi, Walmart, Meijer and Kroger.

Our habits

We do not eat pork and avoid eating out. The grocery budget includes eating out but it does not include cleaning supplies or cosmetics although I would like those items to be inclusive in our budget. I have started the challenge on the 13th of February 2016. That means that the $300 I allocated for my grocery should last until March 13th. I would like to limit my grocery trips to 2/month.

I would love to hear from you about your food budget especially if you are from Ohio. Stay tuned for more 🙂