Over Budget!!!

Month one of my grocery budgeting went fabulous! We slashed our typical grocery bill in HALF and managed to stick to it the entire month! I was pretty proud of us!

This month is another story. I think it’s because we have been running out of staples I had stocked last month and didn’t need to purchase. We also went out to eat a couple times, which cost us about $25 for two meals! Isn’t that insane!? One meal costing us HALF our weekly grocery budget!?

Thankfully, in the next month or so we shouldn’t be doing much and that should help me get back on track with budgeting and planning.

Our last trip to the grocery store, our bill totaled $101! However, we were in Toledo and stopped at a place called Meijer. They have cheaper prices than where I typically shop and so we like to stock up a few things. And just so you don’t think I went too crazy, $40 was spent on diapers (as they were having a special) and we had a $10 gift card. Soooo that means we won’t have to buy diapers for a couple weeks AND we actually spent $91 of our own money. I know the money we spent was justifiable…now it is just a matter of keeping tight through next week to see if we stayed on target for the month. It’s looking doubtful. Something always seems to come up! Does this happen to you!?

So here’s what we bought (left the diaper picture out…just plain forgot!):

Organic spinach, carrot, mushrooms, red onions (conventional), swiss chard, and kale


Organic bananas and pears ($1.99/lb…pretty good!)


2, 1/2 gallons of Silk unsweetened almond milk (2 for $6!! had to stock up…), natural PB (not organic but it’s my favorite…had to do it), olive oil, eggs.


And in case you thought we were a little too perfect when it came to eating…we bought some junk; canned Bumble Bee tuna, Hershey’s chocolate chips, Chex Mix (I had a craving), Ranch dressing, Hot sauce, and Raisin Bran.


Our eats for this week:

Monday: Breakfast. Eggs are a staple around here!! and Tuna melt for brandon with roasted potatoes

Tuesday: Oatmeal! I know!! Boring! Couldn’t help it. Things came up and I had no time to cook!

Wednesday: Mushroom and Kale Casserole (turned out like bleck)

Thursday: Spinach salad and grain-free pancakes (it’s a new recipe)

Friday: OUT for my brother’s birthday…we have a giftcard!

Saturday: Up in the air!

Sunday: Back to the grocery store

Breakfasts: Raisin Bran for brandon with fruit and oatmeal for me (per usual)

Lunches: PB and J for brandon, leftovers, salads, and eggs

Another boring week in our household!


QUESTION: How does what I purchase compare to you!? Do you feel like you get a lot of bang for your buck? I always leave the store wondering how so little cost SO much!? Budgeting is hard–anyone else think so?



6 comments to Over Budget!!!

  • I leave a response whenever I appreciate a article on a blog or if I have something to add to the conversation.
    Usually it’s triggered by the fire displayed in the post I read. And after this article Over Budget!!! | The Healthy Apron. I was actually excited enough to post a comment :-P I actually do have a couple of questions for you if you tend not to mind. Is it just me or do a few of these remarks look like coming from brain dead visitors? :-P And, if you are posting at additional social sites, I would like to follow everything new you have to post. Would you make a list all of your communal sites like your linkedin profile, Facebook page or twitter feed?

  • Sorry I’m always devil’s advocate but…with an ingredients list like “cayenne peppers, vinegar, salt, garlic” what got Frank’s Red Hot in the junk food picture?

  • Actually you gave me a good rec for soy milk. I’m coming off dairy and glad to know what you like!

  • Amy

    Hold the phone…Organic raisin bran and canned tuna are considered junk?
    I know chex mix and ranch are…along with the chocolate. But those first two items are throwing me a bit!

    I’m a Kroger girl through and through, and usually get my produce from Monettes…but Meijer organics are more affordable than elsewhere so we do shop there on occasion. You opened my eyes slightly to the merits of Meijer, even though I’m still not a huge fan!

  • Gina

    I’d say you did pretty good with all that veg. I also wonder how it costs me so much, UGH! I hardly use coupons because it’s usually for a bunch of junk food products that I refuse to buy. We do grow some of our own food, even right now we still have broccoli and lettuce in the ground which saves us quite a bit because we have salads almost daily. We’re still harvesting radishes too and carrots are growing. I can hardly wait until spring to start growing a lot more veg. We also have plans to get a few laying hens for eggs soon.
    And agreed…dining out really does hit you in the wallet :-/ As much as I want to avoid doing dishes, it just doesn’t make sense to eat out. We did that this weekend and I’m still regretting the money spent…eeeks!

  • It depends where I go, but food shopping is usually a lot in my house. Trying to work on it, but a lot of the things I like are expensive and don’t typically have coupons! I am definitely more aware of it now than I was before.

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