Friday, January 27, 2012

Fiesta Trip And Weekly Totals

I told you last week that I was going to not shop this week (waiting for what our normal payday would be to get back in the groove).  Well, I forgot some very important things that we were running out of..namely cat food, and toilet paper.  I sent my husband into Aldi on his way home from work on Tuesday  (there's one two blocks from his school), and he grabbed those essentials and a few other items-bread, milk.  He spent $22.98 on that trip.

I did not do anymore shopping this week until Thursday.  I went to have much with my daughter at school, and had to drive right past Fiesta, so I thought I would go in a grab a few of their sale items while I was out  (some were Thursday/Friday only).

Here's what I got at Fiesta:

3 bacon @  3 for $5
3 avocados @ $0.39 each
3 lettuce @ $0.69 each
bread @ $0.99
6 Big Cup Noodles @ 3 for $1   (Used 2 $1/3 from 11/6 SS made all 6 FREE)

Total OOP after coupons:  $9.23.  (And yes, you read that right...I used a total of 2 coupons all week!)

I even adjusted our menu to have a delicious taco salad with some freezer taco meat and some of that lettuce instead of the meat loaf I had planned!

Total spent for the week was $34.37 (including a Taco Bell stop).  Technically that is well under budget, but this month's money has to stretch an extra 5 days.

So far this year I've spent $316.12 on $464.46 worth (33% savings...and that's factoring in 0% savings at Aldi, El Rio Grande, and the like).  That's an average of $79.03 per week for the 4 weeks so far.  I try to keep it to about $75, so I'm still a little bit over budget.

During the month of February, I am going to challenge myself to eat out of the freezer/pantry as much as possible, and in the meantime I will be able to refocus some of my grocery budget to rebuilding a modest stockpile of items at greatly reduced prices.   (I usually try to allot about $15-$20 of my weekly budget for this purpose, so I'm hoping to still be able to come in way under budget for the month.)

If you have a shopping trip posted this week, feel free to link up below or tell us about it in a comment!

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JRFrugalMom and Family January 27, 2012 at 3:10 PM  

It is always good to have a under budget week....because there will always be over budget weeks too. I had one of those this week:)

Amanda January 27, 2012 at 3:28 PM  

Thanks JR! I had one of those last week LOL. It's nice getting paid early for Christmas and all, but then we have to stretch the checks out for two months to get back on track!

Erika @ My Road to Savings January 27, 2012 at 10:58 PM  

I'm running a little over budget too, but considering I had bought supplies to make cleaners for almost the entire year I am alright with it ;) It will all even out eventually!

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