...almost. With the reduced school hours in our district, shopping 3 stores, unpacking the groceries, and putting the food away feels like it takes the whole "day" when I have a large haul.
I have a monthly budget of $398.45. Wow, that's a weird number. Well... last month I was over by $1.55. So I subtracted that amount from this month's budget.
I spent $244.81 at ShopRite, Aldi, and Costco this week. I know it may seem crazy to spend the bulk of my budget the first week of the month, and it makes me a bit nervous too. However, I am confident that I can stay close to $398.45 because I use SuperGroceryLists. Each list has an estimated total. I create a new shoppping list by copying existing items from previous lists or adding new ones. I adjust the prices, if needed. If the estimated total is over budget, I find items to remove or reduce the quanitities.
My Day Shopping:
The store hours determine where I shop first. After dropping the youngest 2 at school around 8:30, it was off to Shoprite.
I checked out at ShopRite, spending $33.31. Those items are pictured below.
Aldi was the next stop where I spent $81.00. After bagging the items, pictured below, at the car it was off to the third and final store; Costco. The store was open by the time we got there.
I spent $128.51 at Costco. After loading the car with the purchases, shown below, and driving home, it was shortly after 11:00 AM. Now the fun begins....
We arrive home to beging the process of putting away the grocery haul. That usually takes a little over an hour depending on what I buy.
How I Unpack:
- Taking the photos: after unpacking, I arrange the items by store to take the photos seen here.
- After the photos are taken: I bring the items that I am storing in the freezer or pantry downstairs. We live in a raised ranch, so our kitchen is on the upper level. Hey, depending on the size of my grocery haul, I can get a mini workout walking up and down the steps!
- Dividing Items: Certain items like almonds, are divided into smaller containers. Those go in the pantry on the lower level. A few of us are notoriously bad at portion control. We would eat more and go through the bag faster if I kept them in the original packaging.
- Filling Up: There are several items in our kitchen that have their own storage container; goldfish, round crackers, saltines, graham crackers, flour, and oatmeal. When I purchase those items, I fill the containers that day if needed.
Lunchtime. Full disclosure, I am a slow eater. I usually eat rice and beans for lunch while doing a crossword puzzle from the local paper (my chance to unwind away from electronics).
Time to leave the house to pick up the kids from school on foot.
Below is my shopping list for this grocery haul. For a different view click here.