In light of today being the first day of Spring that means fresh fruit,vegetables and meats will be in our meals more frequently in our home. We love fresh vegetables and fruits for lighter meals in the hot weather. So I thought some juicy red Canadian cherries to be proper as this weeks picture of choice!
Well as I mentioned to most of you we will be over budget this month in the grocery budget. I realize that budgets aren’t bullet proof and sometimes we will go over budget- we are human!
- We start this week at $244.75 that’s already $54.75 over our $190.00 budget this month.- See all updates at the end of post as this number has changed!
There are 2 reasons why we are going over budget
1- We are stockpiling items that are a great price
2- Shoppers Drug Mart 20x point event
I don’t know that every time there is a Shoppers Drug Mart event we take part in that we will go over budget but this time we have. We will see our grocery budget eventually go up starting in July as we host students from Europe for the summer.
We begin to stockpile items that we know they like to eat such as pancakes, syrup, nutella, bread, cheese, snacks, cheese etc. With this we will also see higher utility bills mainly water and hydro. I will go into more detail on the hosting in a future post.
So for this week here is our Grocery Shop! I hope you post yours and continue to strive to beat your Budget! If you don’t at least have the money in a savings account to cover overage to eliminate putting the costs on credit.
12x Garnier Shampoo,conditioner, gel $23.64- $5.00wub3
10x Black Diamond Cheese Bars Pm Freshco $4.44-$0.75 (the expiry date on them is 2013 and the coupons expired March 31 so we stocked up)
3x Majesta Paper Towel Sale $2.99- $2.00 coupons
1x Covergirl eyeliner double pack and sharpener- $4.36- $4.00
1x Old El Paso Taco $4.17- FPC
1x Beef $4.20 – $4.00 off Beef wub Old El Paso Kit
1x Iceberg Lettuce PM No Frills Sale $0.88
7 x Maxwell House Instant Coffee $2.47 each! WOW.. we were going to get them at Zehrs on sale for $2.99 and PM at Wal-Mart but found them cheaper at Wal-Mart! These are regular price $5.99 up to $7.99 at Shoppers and other stores.
Coupons Used- $46.67
1x Charmin Sale $4.88- $2.00
1x Resolve $1.88- $2.00 Coupon Zone Coupon =FREE
1x reduced no name tomatoes- $0.35
1x bottle of water reduced rack – $0.05
Coupons Used $4.00
1x cucumber = $0.77
1x Garlic Salt= $0.99
1x Onion Salt = $1.99 should have been $0.99 if I have time I will go back for a scanning code of practice. (I should have watched the cash register carefully but was in a rush)
1x Breakfast Sausage- $3.00- 30%
1x Sausage $3.56-30$
1x Sausage $3.58- 30%
1x Sausage- $ 3.58-30%
Total oop= $13.36
Total Cost of Shops oop $85.10 + previous weeks shops $244.75=$329.85 which puts us $139.85 over for the month of March! Keep in mind the SDM 20x points event where we made over $30.00 in points, and the sale items we purchased in bulk. If we hadn’t then we would be paying full price for coffee and cheese etc.
Update Again.. March 24 ..we shopped again 20x points and another day in the week so here we go… it’s going to be worth it though!
Starting $329.85+8.16+9.85+7.93+43.65= $390.93 ouch That’s $ 200.93 over budget… here’s the breakdown!
SMD 20x points Sat March 24
1x Sugar $2.49
1x Eggs $2.39
4x Nature Valley Bars $1.88 all with Juice FPC up to value of $3.49 each ($13.96)
2x Robax $9.99- $7 and $9 coupons
2x Peanuts Sale $2/$5.00 ( we use these for our salads and snacks)
3x cream Sale $1.99
Coupons Used $16.00
All items were sale items and recieved $13.96 in Free Product Coupons
11500 Optimum points earned that’s well over $10 for a regular redemption more on special redemption day
Total OOP- $43.65
Shoppers Drug Mart- Again… I know..
1x Eggs Sale $1.99
6x Cream Sale $0.99
Total Oop- $7.93
1x Mushrooms Reduced 50% =$1.85
1x Red onion- $1.66 It was a big one but the price still hurt
1x Green Peppers Reduced $2.56 bag of 6
1x Tomatos Reduced 8- $2.12
Total Oop $8.16
Reduced cost by $6.53
4x Resolve $1.88- $2.00
4x PC Cola case of 12 -$1.88each
8 pkgs of reduced lean Halal Beef YIPPIE! $ $2.34,$2.34,$2.36, $2.32,$2.34,$2.35,$2.37,$2.36
1x 3lb carrots Sale $1.27
1x Celery Sale $0.97
1x Iceberg Lettuce Sale $0.88
We cashed in $20 in points so this order would have been $29.85
Total Oop- $9.85
Coupons/Reduced Stickers Used $16.05
Next week is a no week shop for us although we have so many FPC’s we need to use before March 31. I will post our FPC No week Shop next week! Stay Tuned!
Don’t forget to post your weekly grocery shop below to be entered in our monthly Grocery Game Challenge. You also have 3 other opportunities to post your previous shops for March below to be entered in the March contest.
The Grocery Game Challenge March – Week 1
The Grocery Game Challenge March 5-11 Week 2
The Grocery Game Challenge March 12- 18 Week 3
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