January Grocery Budget Tally

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It’s Feb. 1st so that means it’s time to tally up the grocery budget for January. Our goal is to get our grocery budget down to $300 a month. We figured early on in Jan. that we might spend closer to $400 as we were going to buy chicken and some other things that would carry into Feb. because of the bulk quantity and pricing.

And as for Schwans, my husband works for them and between the online rewards and his employee discount, we have found that we are able to purchase better quality frozen vegetables and ground beef through them (and ice cream of course lol) for a cheaper price. :-)

The * means that we have enough or plan to use sparingly to get us through Jan and Feb.

Cash & Carry – $281.18

2 bags of 5 lbs chips
*Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast 40 lbs
*Green Bell Peppers 25 lbs
Bananas 5.11 lbs
Nacho Cheese #10 – (the one thing I didn’t plan for but since I had my hubby go with, it was his special request) :-)
Enchilada Sauce #10
3 Sliced Olives #10 ea
Diced Green Chilies 27 oz
2 Campbell’s Cream of Mushroom
Farmland Pork Sausage Roll 6 lbs
2 Romaine Greens
Celery 3pk
*Onions 50 lbs
Baker Potatoes 50 lbs
Navel Oranges 10 lbs
Darigold Sour Cream 5 lbs
Monterey Jack Shredded 5 lbs
*Pepperoni 3 lbs
Ex-Large 5 dz Eggs
2 Corn Tortillas 80ct
Producers Milk 4 gallons
Monterey Jack Cheese loaf 5 lbs
4 Darigold 1 lb block Butter
2 Juice Carrots 10 lbs

Azure Standard Order: $43.90

Organic Fuji Apples 20 lbs
Natural Frozen Strawberries 10 lbs
Diatomaceous Earth 5 lbs

Schwans Order: $59.43

2 Ground Beef 2 lbs
5 Cut Corn 2.5 lbs
4 Peas 2.5 lbs
2 Green Beans 36oz
Ice Cream

Our total for the month was $384.51 which was over our $300 goal but I knew when I planned the shopping list, it was going to be around $390 because of the extra bulk buying. Several things will carry over into our February meal plan and since this was the start of dropping our budget down while increasing some bulk items, I’m okay with the amount. I didn’t quite expect to be at $300 for our first shot. February is looking better and I’m hoping we’ll be closer to that $300 mark.

How did January go for you? Did you notice if meal planning helped you get closer to your budget goal?

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