Grocery Shopping – Third Week of January 2018
One of my goals for the first quarter of 2018 is to spend no more than $350 on groceries each month. This does not include household supplies like paper towels, toilet paper, diapers, etc. The first week of January, I spent $108.14. The second week of January, I spent $84.59.
At the end of the second week in January, I had $157.27 left for the month if I wanted to stay at $350 or less. I questioned whether I could spend $52.00 a week on groceries for the next three weeks. Well, during the third week of January, I spent MORE than my remaining monthly budget in ONE WEEK!
I was a bit shocked when I tallied up the trips for this post, but only a bit. You see, Mr. MLM and I started a new way of eating around January 10 and it dramatically affected our grocery budget. We are doing intermittent fasting and we only eat one meal a day. (I plan to write a post about our experience. In the meantime, visit Gin’s website.)
One meal a day? Shouldn’t that result in a LOWER grocery budget? I thought it would, but instead of planned meals and careful shopping, I had days of “I know we have leftovers, but tonight I MUST have eggs, biscuits, chicken sausage, and hash brown casserole. With ice cream for dessert.” My cravings ruled (which is normal when beginning this way of eating) and the grocery budget went out the window. Let’s look at the damage…
First Trip – Smith’s
My first trip to the store for the week of January 14-20 was on Monday, January 15, and it was fairly normal. I planned to make baked macaroni and cheese that night, and chorizo sweet potato skillet the next day. I didn’t plan beyond that because I had a feeling our meals would largely depend on what sounded good.
I forgot to take a photo, but I purchased: canned black beans, tortillas, ketchup, elbow macaroni, salsa, a ring pop for Elizabeth, sour cream, milk (for Elizabeth), Diet Dr. Pepper, clementines, apples, a bagged salad, green onions, cucumber, carrots, chorizo, and some dark chocolate cookies for Mr. MLM. I spent $33.52.
Second Trip – Sam’s Club
My second trip to the store was on Wednesday, January 17. It was a quick trip to Sam’s Club for milk for Aidan and more La Croix. One thing I’ve learned from documenting our grocery spending is that we drink La Croix a lot faster than I thought! I spent $17.75.
Third Trip – Smith’s
On Wednesday, Mr. MLM and I had a child-free evening. We decided to make a breakfast feast for our one meal of the day. I was craving a Cracker-Barrel-style meal, so I found a copycat recipe for hash brown casserole. We went to the store to get the necessary ingredients, along with a few treats, and spent $23.62. Aside from the apples, this entire trip was unnecessary considering we had perfectly good leftovers.
Although the scrambled eggs, chicken sausage, biscuits with apple butter hit the spot, I was supremely disappointed in the hash brown casserole. It’s tasted somewhat like Cracker Barrel’s casserole, but it was nowhere near as good. Also, I think I was grossed out by the cream of chicken soup that goes in it. We ended up throwing away the leftovers, which is unusual for us.
Fourth Trip – Trader Joe’s
On Thursday, Aidan and I went to Trader Joe’s to get him some dried beets and plantain chips. They are some of his favorite snacks. Did we leave with just dried beets and plantain chips? Of course not.
I also bought two bags of dark chocolate pretzels, a log of goat cheese, caramelized onion dip, ciabatta, and blueberries. The blueberries were the only logical addition because Elizabeth had been asking for them. The rest was of the purchases were a result of cravings. I spent $31.60.
Fifth Trip – Sam’s Club
On Saturday morning, I made a big trip to Sam’s Club. I bought a case of apple sauce cups, 25 pounds of flour, four loaves of bread, English muffins, strawberries, Hebrew National hotdogs, butter, and cheesy breadsticks. I didn’t mean to buy that much bread, but I accidently scanned the bread twice in the Scan & Go app. I noticed it after I paid, so I went back for more bread which I put in the freezer. I spent $60.87.
Last week, I thought six trips to the store was unusual. I’m learning it probably wasn’t unusual. This week, I made five trips. Granted, some of them were frivolous, but I probably do go to the store more than I thought when I started writing this series.
In total, we spent $167.36! This brings our total grocery spending in January to $360.09, leaving $0 for two more Mondays. Even though I blew the budget, I will continue to document what we spend for the rest of January.