Grocery Spending & Budgeting Week 4

Well. It’s been a crazy week.

A crazy month, actually.

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So crazy, in fact, that I busted my budget and will be breaking the rules by borrowing BELOW instead of side to side.

Yup. I spent $270.00 last week. ON GROCERIES!

Sunday was Aldi $87.00

Wednesday, after Mark had a little procedure done and was put on a soft food diet (nothing more than oatmeal consistency!) I stopped at Publix to pick up some “soft foods” … you know, oatmeal (which thankfully was buy one get one free!), mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, cottage cheese, ice cream, etc. Doesn’t matter that he just doesn’t want to eat, period. Spent $105 there. Oops.

Then I stopped at Trader Joe’s for a few things and ended up spending $78 … for more macaroni & cheese and other “soft foods” … and Mark still doesn’t want to eat.


Fingers crossed this week will be better, news wise and budget wise!


Grocery Spending & Budgeting Week 2

I guess it helps the budget when you are really busy and just don’t have time to shop!

We listed some stuff up on Craigslist, Letgo and OfferUp … oh, and also Facebook Marketplace as we need to get rid of some furniture for the staging of the house … dang, that was really annoying.

Has anyone had good luck with these apps? I will say, OfferUp gave me more action but I think a lot of the people were bogus. And come on, if I’m asking $200 for something, don’t say you’ll take it for $50. It’s not like I want to make any money on this but I certainly didn’t want to give it away for FREE. If I did, I’d be donating it (which sadly, the pick up for any of those was 2 weeks out).

At the end of the day, we sold the dining room set, the guest bedroom set, Randi’s bedroom set, Randi’s desk and chair and what the kids coined “The Heidious Chair”

chair ottoman 50

I don’t care what they said, it was a very comfortable chair and some dude is probably chilling in it with a can of Bud Light right this very moment.

week2 2018 grocery-misc spending envelope

Back to the purpose of this post. We took the kids (Jamie and Amanda) to Sweet Tomatoes on Wednesday for one last dinner before she heads North to her new job. That was my $50 misc. money out the door. Then I hit up McDonalds on my way to work on Friday morning and that was $6 from my grocery money. Then Hubby and I ended up going to Ocean’s Grille Friday night as we were hot, sweaty and starving after moving the one bedroom set and chair. $65 there from my grocery money. Hmmm….that left somewhere around $24.

I kept asking Hubby if we could go to the storage unit to drop some boxes off AND stop at Aldi on the way back … sure … but we never got around to it.

So?  I didn’t go grocery shop at all this past week but still spent that money on food and convenience.

I am ahead again this week but don’t worry, I did make a quick run to Aldi on Sunday morning which was a good thing! Check back next week!

*We’ve got lots of stuff going on around the house this week so things are going to be a little sporadic and potentially way out of character for us … staging of the house, Mark needs to get a last minute testing procedure done (which is freaking me out just a tad) and then of course, work stuff for me!

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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!


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.


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

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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!

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