Before last Friday my family had only spent $66.99 on groceries for the year. That definitely changed over the last week.
Friday I went to the commissary to get some things we needed, and some things on sale, and ended up spending $180.38. I detailed some of my best deals, and showed pictures here.
My sister also went to the grocery store in Minot on Friday, and spent $18.70 on canned veggies and fruit. I'll admit that I'm not normally a big fan of canned fruit, but it's growing on me a little bit. My sister loves it, and eats it almost every day. It's easier and quicker than making something with frozen fruit, and doesn't hurt my teeth the way frozen fruit does by itself, so I've been eating it more.
My son will only eat canned green beans, and we go through massive quantities of canned mushrooms at our house as well, so we tend to stock up on them when they are on sale. Last week they were $.29 a can after a coupon that was in the ad. My sister went to the store for the veggies, and then found a rather large display of fruit on sale for $.25 a can. It wasn't expired or even close, or anything like that. They had just somehow placed the canned fruit order twice and had way too much, so they marked it way down. She ended up buying 30 cans of veggies (10 green beans, 20 mushrooms) and 40 cans of assorted fruit cocktail and peaches.
Saturday we ended up going back to the grocery store for more canned veggies, and spent another $8.70 on 30 more cans. We are running out of room in our pantry for canned goods now!
Saturday we also went to Walmart for dog and cat food and dog vitamins. We bought a little bit of fresh produce (avocados, apples, celery) and yogurt as well, and ended up spending $74.42.
That brings our weekly total to $282.20.
That is significantly more than our weekly budget of $100 per week for our family of three adults, one child, two dogs, and a cat. But it evens out ok, since we had been under budget all month, and should come under again next week.
I wasn't planning on going back to the commissary this month, but after looking at some coupons, and hearing about some sales, it looks like I will be going back tomorrow or Saturday, but I will keep it under control. :)
Our total spent on groceries for 2013 so far is $349.19.
We are 3.5 weeks into the year, so we are almost exactly on target with a budget of $100 per week.