The Grocery Report – Week 11

Welcome to week 11 of the grocery report! We’re nearly three months into this experiment already! If you’re new, this is my weekly recap into my household and grocery budget. I have trimmed our monthly food/household budget to $250 a month and have begun shopping weekly. My goal is to stay under $62.50 a week for all food/household related items we need for that week.

It was a typical grocery shop this week, nothing special thrown onto the list.
I spent $55.04 of the weekly $62.50 allottment.

What did I buy?

$0.70 yellow onion – 1
$0.78 red onion – 1
$0.67 bananas – 3
$4.40 seedless watermelon
$0.78 cilantro – 1 bunch
$2.08 Great Value skim milk -1 gallon
$2.78 Great Value frozen beef and bean burritos – 8 count
$3.56 Chi-Chi’s burrito style tortillas -8 ct. (2 packs)
$1.68 Great Value large white eggs – 18 ct.
$1.74 Great Value great northern beans – 3 cans
$0.50 Great Value golden sweet kernel corn – 1 can
$3.28 Great Value mesquite smoked turkey breast lunch meat – family pack
$2.66 Great Value singles white american cheese – 24 ct.
$1.34 Great Value frozen baby lima beans 12 oz.
$2.28 Clear American Seltzer (4 bottles)
$1.98 Great Value sharp white shredded cheddar cheese 8 oz.
$5.36 Sara Lee Artesano Bakery Bread – 2 loaves
$1.98 Betty Crocker peanut butter cookie mix
$1.52 Great Value chive and onion cream cheese – 8 oz.
$2.68 Great Value purified drinking bottled water – 24 ct.
$1.74 Great Value jalapeno jack tortilla chips – 11 oz.
$3.00 Coffee Mate vanilla caramel coffee creamer – 1 qt.
$1.16 La Costena pickled jalapenos 15.5 oz.

$2.34 Colgate max fresh toothpaste – 6 oz.
$3.63 Plackers micro mint dental floss picks – 150 ct.

For the last couple of weeks, I have bought a pack of bottled water since we have entered into hurricane season. If a hurricane is headed towards Florida, people lose their minds and clear off the shelves anyway. With the state of the world (and my state in particular) in the midst of coronavirus, I am simply not dealing with that level of madness. So, I’ve been stocking up a little every week.

It seems that everything we use in the house that is not food is running low as well (face lotion, shower gel, toothpaste, floss, garbage bags, paper towels, etc.) I’ve been buying one or two of those things each week so I don’t completely throw the weekly budget.

What did we eat?

This past week was pretty similar to all of the previous weeks I’ve written about. We stayed home and cooked at home. I did eat pizza with my parents one evening when I had to work there for a few days because the internet was out at my house for several days. Besides that, we made a sun dried tomato pasta (and added spinach/onions) and taco bowls with seasoned ground beef over rice with cheese, sour cream, etc.

This week, I came in $7.46 under budget — bringing the total monthly surplus amount to $24.55. Next week, I’ll have to spend more on the household items that I’ve put off (toilet paper, paper towels, etc) so I expect this amount to decrease a bit.

You can see all of the recipes that we’ve tried and decided to add to the regular rotation on my Pinterest board – here.

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