The Grocery Report – Week 16

Welcome to week 16 of the grocery report! If you’re new, this is the weekly recap into my household and grocery budget. I have trimmed our monthly food/household budget to $260 a month and have begun shopping weekly. My goal is to stay under $65 a week for all food/household related items we need for that week for a household of two adults.

My goal is to spend $55 or less on food each week (considering 4 grocery trips per month) and less than $40 on household goods for the month. It’s difficult to fit the household items into the weekly amounts because they often blow the weekly budget since these are usually bulk items that cost $8-20 (toilet paper, air filters, trash bags, etc.)

This week, I spent $35.50 on food that we’ll consume. I also bought a few things for the dogs ($2.44) for an overall total of $37.94.

What did I buy?

Food
$0.78 red onion – 1
$0.70 yellow onion – 1
$0.70 bananas – 4
$4.40 seedless watermelon
$1.68 Great Value Twist & Shout cookies – 15.35 oz.
$3.47 Little Debbie big pack oatmeal creme pies – 32 oz.
$1.51 Great Value skim milk – 1/2 gal.
$2.57 Checkers Rally’s famous seasoned fries frozen – 28 oz.
$3.92 Ranch style beans 15 oz. – 4 cans
$1.78 Chi-Chi’s burrito style tortillas – 8 ct.
$1.18 Great Value garbanzo beans chick peas dry – 16 oz.
$1.84 Great Value deli style sharp cheddar cheese slices – 12 ct.
$2.68 Sara Lee arestano brioche bread – 1 loaf
$3.28 Great Value think mesquite turkey breast family pack – 16 oz.
$1.22 Cacique pork chorizo – 10 oz.
$1.96 Great Value hamburger dill chip pickles – 32 oz.

Dogs
$0.84 Great Value frozen steamer bag green beans
$1.60 Great Value 100% pure canned pumpkin

I tried to keep the shop a bit more on the lean side this week as well since I need to buy laundry detergent and a large container of hummus at our warehouse club for the week still. This should bring the total across all stores to about $53-$54, leaving us with $6 leftover for the month to roll into the “stock up” fund.

This week, as part of the ongoing Walmart brand experiment, I decided to buy the Great Value Twist & Shout cookies instead of oreos. I must say, we couldn’t really tell a difference so I will gladly pocket the 50% savings there.

What’s on the menu?

This past week, we started off the week by ordering pizza. That fed us over the weekend and into the week. After that, we did make a large pot of spaghetti and also had an impromptu rice and zucchini casserole dish so we could use up the leftover rice in the refrigerator and the zucchini that I didn’t end up making into the wraps. I planned to go get hummus this week but that didn’t happen, so we repurposed the zucchini into a different dish.

This coming week, we’ll have a dish that I have deemed ‘not chili’ because it is very similar to chili but very bean heavy since it has four cans of the ranch style beans (mixed with ground beef) that I bought this week. This usually makes a large pot and will last several days. We also have spicy chicken patties sitting in the freezer so we’ll bake those one day and have them with the fries I bought this shopping trip.

Our goal is usually to cook things that will last 2-3 days so we only have to cook 2-3 times a week. We always have rice, onions, and some kind of meat in the freezer so if we need to – we can improvise something with those ingredients if needed.

Weekly/Monthly Progress

This was the last grocery shop that I’ll make for August so our total spent for the month comes to $252.40. I’m proud of this month’s total spending since there were quite a few household items and I also had to figure in items that typically come out of the separate “dog” budget. We still came in under budget and never felt as if we we didn’t have enough of anything.

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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