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I ran a bit over budget again this week *sigh*. We had a birthday child here this week, and before making my planned dinner I asked her what she wanted for her birthday dinner. And, of course, she requested something we didn't have. So I did something I rarely do - I went to the grocery store at 5:00 pm, with my two younger children in tow.
(I totally admire those of you who do that weekly!)
So, because of a lack of planning, I went $15 over my usual budget of $80 per week (that covers food, personal care items, paper goods, and cleaning supplies). And with a birthday party this coming weekend, and some freezer cooking the weekend after that, I wouldn't be surprised that I run over again for the next two weeks (though of course I will try to stay under budget). So May is looking like an eat from the pantry month for us.
So here's a summary of the purchases I made:
CVS: $2.05. Click here for a description of this trip.
Winn-Dixie: $6.25. I got four boxes of oatmeal, a gallon of milk (free when you buy four Quaker products), and a dozen eggs with a free catalina coupon I had received a couple of weeks before.
Target: $4.76 for four bags of shredded cheese ($2 each, with 2 $2/2 blinkies) (that's a lot of 2's!) and a bunch of bananas.
Publix: 4 trips totaling $82.34. Too much to list here, but I took advantage of BOGOs on cereal, pasta, and tomato sauce. See all of my shopping details here.
Altogether I spent $95.40 on products worth $189.95, or almost exactly 50% savings.
Check out the following to see how others shopped this week!
- Super Savings Saturday @ Money Saving Mom
- Shopping Superstars @ The Thrifty Mama
- Weekly Totals @ I Heart Publix
- Super Savers @ Fiddledeedee Mom
- The Cha-Ching Challenge @ Cha Ching on a Shoestring
- Coupon Super Savers @ Coupon Savings Game
- Friday Finals @ Southern Savers
- Saving Our Cents Saturday @ Saving Our Cents
- Week-Ending Finale @ The Frugal Freeloader
- Super Savings Saturday @ Mandy's Frugal Journey
- The Savings Bungalow @ Saving a Bundle
- Bargain Bragging Tuesday @ Couponing to Disney
- Couponing Grad Student
- Track Spending With Me @ Striving To Be...1 Faithful Steward