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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

"What I Got For the Money" Wednesday

This week's shopping trip went great, although I still went over goal.  But, out of that I also bought some extra hamburger that was marked down and extra cereal that was on sale.  With that in mind, I don't think I did too bad. To me I really used $10 from next week, this week. Again, though, when I look at that picture I see that I buy an overabundance of boxed items ... aka non-natural ... lots of snacks.  I would really like to work on getting a higher percentage of non pre-packaged items.  We'll see.  And I did a little bit of impulse shopping, primarily because we will be gone this weekend and I don't want my mom to have to deal with the hassle of "there's nothing to eat."  I can always come up with an alternative but she won't know what my tricks are.  Anyway, here's how I did:

Tortilla chips .99
Pizza rolls 2.49
Chicken nuggets 3.99
(2) Cream of mushroom .98
Oatmeal creme pies .99
Sandwich cookies 1.39
Bran cereal 1.49
TOTAL $ 13.37

(4) Frozen pizzas 4.00
Chocolate chip cookies 2.50
(2) Kids Cuisines 4.00
(2) Chocolate pudding 2.00
(2) Mac and cheese 1.48
Linguine .97
Air freshener 2.66
Junior lunchable 1.94
Applesauce 1.58
Frozen lasagna 5.28
Bulk goldfish 5.98
Imitation vanilla .98
Carnation instant breakfast 3.28
12 count doritos 3.50
Baked lays 2.97
Eggs 1.32
5 lbs. Ground beef 6.50
Immune Booster gummies 5.97
(2) Kotex liners .25 (coupons)
Soap 1.07
(3) 3 oz. Suave lotion .91 (coupon)
(5) Quaker cereal 5.85 (ad match and coupon)
TOTAL $ 70.00

Total Spent:  $ 83.37 (and I still need to get some bread and a gallon of milk, so another $10)

Although I am still going over goal every week, I am still under budget of $125 per week, so I am happy about that.  I am planning to really continue to work on getting it down to $75 per week.  But, if my personal shopping goal should be more around $85 a week instead, then that's what I'll truly be happy with.  It never hurts to shoot for something better, though.  It creates a challenge and makes it a little more fun.  

But knowing that I don't have to be at $75 a week takes away the "beating myself up" that I might do if our budget really demanded that.  It almost makes me feel better to know that I'm doing all of this work when I really don't have to. I'm doing it because I want to be a better steward of our money .. to do all I can when I can.

To follow great shoppers, go see Gayle at The Grocery Cart Challenge.

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