Grocery Spending and Budgeting

Welcome 2018!

I’m a little behind schedule as that grand baby decided to make an early appearance (12/29/17, 3 weeks ahead of schedule) and then brought along a few things we didn’t foresee (overnight stay for Bilirubin issues and then Randi in for postpartum pre-clampsia!) so I’ve basically missed the whole entire new year week. First New Year’s EVER sober …. imagine that!

Ok, so now that Baby Nolan is here, Princess Randi is safe and home again, and Matt is hopefully recovering from all the drama, I’m ready to get back on track here!

First things first!

BUDGET

Yup, that dreaded B word.

Hey, it’s everyone’s goal and much easier said than done. So this year, Effective 1/4/18 (as that’s when I finally made it back home) I wanted to set a budget:

$100 a week for food and consumables (cat food and paper towel are included here)
$50 for miscellaneous stuff (clothes, dinners out, spontaneous stuff)

Seriously, that should be obtainable, right?

Of course! But not so much in the real world.

Anyways.

So, we have a new listing agent (hello Sklar Team!) and we are staging the house which I am so proud of Mark to agree to this as he had a hard time agreeing to it which means we are back and forth to the storage unit, selling stuff on Craigslist which stinks and then trying to pawn stuff off to friends and family to no avail. Is our stuff really that crappy? Come on!

Anyways. Again. Back to the point here!

2018 week 1 total

My goal for 2018. $100 groceries per week. $50 for miscellaneous stuff. Borrow right to left but never down (next week, in the future, etc.)

See? Since I’m doing Sunday to Saturday, I’m ahead here! Wheee! Technically, that leftover money should be moved to a debt payment (credit card or appliances) but I’m holding it for now. Probably the wrong thing to do but hey, I get nervous when my bank account is low and Mark is asking for what I have available! Eek, it stinks being the one who gets a paycheck! 😉

Trader Joes

Ok, ok, here’s the first week of 2018 played out … I did it!

Trader Joes – January 6, 2018
Total Spent $53.41

Uhm, hey, this also included THREE bottles of wine which was totally NOT on the list!

Bottle of Red $12.99
Bottle of White $7.00
*name that song!*
Bottle of Two Buck Chuck $2.99 (this is a joke recommendation)
loaf of ciabatta $1.99
Social Snackin Crackers $2.69
2 pk Cheese Enchiladas $1.99 (for Jamie)
2 bags of Mandarin Orange Chicken $4.99 each (for Sunday Take Out Dinner)
2 bags of veggie fried rice $2.29 each (one for Sunday dinner and other for freezer)
2 pkgs of garlic, 3 heads each $1.49 each
Boursin Garlic & Herb spread $3.79 – spontaneous buy with them crackers above

Trader Joes reciept 1-6-18.jpg

Then we stopped at Office Depot to look at office furniture since Randi’s bedroom is being changed out to an office per the Stager Chic:

Office Depot – January 6, 2018
Total Spent $42.91

Originally, we just wanted to get some bubble wrap since the neon light in Florida room is being kicked to the curb (along with Mr. Wonderful!) and ended up looking at furniture and stuff.

Clock $17.99 (replaces the cheap crappy white one we have in the kitchen now)
Bubble Wrap $22.49 … sale was buy 2 get 1 free but like I told hubby, I don’t need that much bubble wrap to save $22. I mean, spend 50 to save $20 when it wasn’t needed? No thank you.

office depot receipt 1-6-18

That Office Depot stop was a perfect example of how you can get sucked in to buying more than you need or want to “save a buck” or two. The savings isn’t worth it if you aren’t using it.  That receipt could read $75 instead!

Have you set a new budget for 2018? Share and hopefully we can motivate each other!

Looking forward to sharing with some of these GREAT Parties … go check them out!

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Author: The Mark & Jan Show

Hi! We are Mark and Jan. Highschool Sweethearts living in Paradise and fast forwarding to our retirement days! We have 2 kids, both young adults now, a grandbaby that was born on 12/29/18 (3 weeks sooner than anticipated!) and we have 2 cats ... more than enough!

4 thoughts on “Grocery Spending and Budgeting”

  1. How wonderful to have a new grandbaby! Good luck with your budget; I am so awful at planning and sticking to one. With young kids still living at home it’s so hard to set a reasonable budget that still accounts for those unexpected expenses that crop up. But I do keep on trying. Anything saved is just that– saved!

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