Each week, I update my running total for the year, so I know where I am in my quest to keep an $80 weekly grocery budget. That includes not only food, but toiletries, paper goods, and cleaning supplies. It doesn't include prescription drugs or eating at restaurants.
The year is now half over - so how am I doing?
Well, I'm a bit over $80 per week - I've averaged $82.75 per week for the first 26 weeks.
That means that if I want to average $80 per week for the whole year, I have to average $77.25 for the next six months!
That will be challenging. One thing that has driven up my budget lately is my Publix store no longer taking Doris Italian Market coupons as a competitor coupon. That consistently saved me money each week. But I've purchased some Enjoy the City books with their $5 off $30 Winn-Dixie coupons, so I'll be able to start using those and saving!
Another thing that has driven up the budget is buying too many treats for my kids - I really need to do better on that!
And lastly, I haven't been great about using up leftovers. That affects my budget indirectly, but every little bit of saving will help!
Here's what I got this week:
Overall, this week I spent $74.92 for items which retail for $138.55, or a 46% savings based on the retail value of the products at the stores where they were purchased.
For the year (26 weeks), I spent $2,151.57 for items which retailed for $3,690.00 and saved $1,538.43, or a 42% savings. That's an average of $82.75 spent each week for a family of five (husband, wife, and daughters ages 15, 12, and 8), including lots of fresh produce, dairy items, and kosher meat, as well as paper and plastic goods, health and beauty items, and cleaning supplies.
In 2011, I spent $4,017.13 for items which retailed for $7,344.08, saving 45% and spending an average of $77.25 per week for the year.
In 2012, I spent $4,007.13 for items which retailed for $7,591.37, saving 47% and spending an average of $77.06 per week for the year.
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