I went to get turkey and pepperoni but also decided to get rice, chips and apples because we were running low. I couldn't remember about the powdered sugar and my son's birthday cupcakes had to have frosting so I grabbed a just in case bag. Turns out that I had enough but I used all of what I had so I guess it was a good choice to get. If I hadn't of gotten it, I would have needed it for sure!
I took my son for a few errands and decided since I was close I would run by Wegman's to get my ground beef. I found that the chicken was also on sale for $1.88 per pound so I grabbed that too. The mac and cheese was on sale for $0.33 each so I bought three instead of the case (which works out to $0.32 per box) which I had been doing before but I hope that we get to enjoy these soon.
Harris Teeter $26.99
There was an electronic special loaded on my card for $1.77 for granola bars limit 4 so I was trying to decide whether it would be worth it to buy enough to use two coupons because there is currently a coupon for $1/3 and when I got to the store, they were on sale for $2 so I grabbed 9 and used three coupons. There was another electronic deal for some Kelloggs cereal at $1.97 so I grabbed the ones that I had the coupon for so I used $1/2 for both sets of cereal and there was another $1/2 electronic coupon which I had to have adjusted at customer service but I ended up paying $1.10 per box. The cranberry juice was on sale for $2 each so I grabbed a few more. The margarine was on sale for $0.77 which is cheaper then I have been getting it and Aldi's seems to carry a way more expensive brand here now. I added the Annie's mac and cheese which was free after sale, coupon and electronic coupon. The Special K bars were $0.50 so I splurged and added something for me at the end of the shopping trip!!
Harris Teeter $42.65
My car was out of gas and I knew that I wouldn't have time to fill it the next day before work so I dragged myself out to get gas and grabbed 9 more boxes of granola bars because the sale and coupon made them $1.67 per box (way better then the $3.49 shelf price that made me choke). The toilet paper deal was something that I had been thinking about because it was normally $15.99 shelf price and it was on sale for $12.99 but I got a electronic deal that it was $9.97. In addition, I had a printable coupon for $1.50 off 18 pack so I got them for $8.47 which was $0.47 per roll. That is a great price since the shelf price makes them nearly $0.89 per roll. I had three coupons so I got three packages of toilet paper which blew my monthly budget.
Total Retail $199.35
Total Savings $92.02
Total OOP $107.33
Monthly Total Retail $568.06
Monthly Total Savings $377.52
Monthly Total OOP $190.54
I seem to have been over shopping and already went over my monthly budget. I am a little sad that I went over on the first month of the new year but I know that I got a great deal on the toilet paper with the sale and the coupon for $1.50 off which is very rare. I also got 18 boxes of granola bars but they were also an amazing deal with a coupon that was quickly expiring. I only made it to the store for the second time to get the last trip because my husband couldn't fill my gas tank and since I was already out, I stopped at the store. I didn't look at the amount of money I spent so far in the month so that was also my downfall.
I am torn but I know that there is another deal to get Coke and I have free Coke coupons so I will be back in the store this month and I have already gone over my total. Here is hoping that I use a little creativity and make a lot of meals and special things to keep the total down next month. I certainly haven't had the time to make a lot of things yet this month but hoping things are turning around. I know that I have chicken, ground beef, and many more things to last for a long time but I will need milk and lunch meat soon. I will certainly be grumpy spending even more then I have already this month!!
How are you doing this month??