July Grocery Shopping – Weeks 3 & 4

My grocery budget for the month of July is $300. So far, I’ve spent $182.44. I did not have to go shopping the week of July 13th, so that really helped me to stretch my grocery budget!

Here’s what I got last week and over the weekend (sorry – no photos this week).

Sam’s Club:

50 lb sugar
5 lb shredded mozzarella cheese
5 lb shredded mild cheddar cheese

Piggly Wiggly:

1 box gallon storage bags
2 (12 oz) bags white baking chips
1 bottle orange extract
4 pieces of candy


5 lb container Country Time Lemonade
2 lb butter
3 (5 oz) boxes Jell-O
4 (2.5 oz) boxes Jell-O
5 Totino pizzas
4 gal. Green Tea
4 gal. Milk

Total (w/ tax): $99.73

Total for the month of July: $282.17

Total left in budget: $17.83

I do still need to get potatoes, but it shouldn’t be too much.

**UPDATE: Brian picked up 20 lbs of potatoes at the store for me last night and spent $6.45.

New total for the month: $ 288.62

New total left in budget: $11.38

Not bad!!

Don’t forget to check out The Grocery Cart Challenge to see how everyone has done this week!

July Grocery Shopping – Week 2

I got to go back to Kroger this week!  It was so nice to be able to get some really awesome deals this week.  


Here’s what I got at Kroger:

4 gal. milk $9.52
6 lb carrots $2.34
10 boxes pasta $8.80
12 (16 oz.) bags frozen veggies $10.56
1 ltr bottle diet green tea (for Brian) $1.25
Subtotal $43.29
Savings (24%) $10.82
Tax $2.52
Total $34.99

Here’s what I got at Wal-Mart:

3 boxes cake mix $2.31
2 boxes snack crackers $2.96
4 packs tortilla shells $4.08
1 bag almond slivers      $3.98
4 containers cream cheese spread      $6.92
4 gal. Green Tea       $11.92
Subtotal:  $30.17
Tax:          $2.26
Total:        $32.43
Grand Total:      


Total so far for July $182.44

I did purchase some food items for Katie’s birthday party, but I budget separately for those so they are not included in the above total. 

It’s going to be a little close this month, but I still think I can pull off a $300 budget!  Our meals should mainly be out of the pantry/freezer, and there is very little else that I really need to pick up for the rest of the month except for fresh fruits/veggies and milk.   So, we’ll see what happens!

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July Grocery Shopping – Week 1 (Update)

I’m trying again this month to feed my family of 5 for $300 or less.

Here’s what I bought this week:




Piggly Wiggly:

  • 1 gallon milk (not pictured) $2.99
  • 10 packages Cream Cheese (on sale for $0.99/each) $9.90

Sam’s Club:

  • 8 lb butter $13.16
  • Glad trash bags $11.88
  • 7 lb powdered sugar $4.39
  • 6 lb peanut butter $7.22


  • 2 gal Milk $5.30
  • 1 gal Vanilla Milk (for ice cream) $8.16
  • 1/2 gal buttermilk $1.95
  • 2 gal Lipton Green Tea $5.96
  • 20 lb potatoes $6.00
  • Vanilla wafers $2.00
  • Napkins $1.66
  • Plastic spoons $2.28
  • 2 bxs Vanilla pudding mix $2.00
  • 2 cans sweetened condensed milk $3.12  (Ouch!)
  • 2.4 lb fresh cherries $4.80
  • 2.09 lb bananas $1.05
  • 2 cantaloupe $3.00
  • celery $1.36
  • 6 lb yellow onions $4.56
  • Sour cream $1.06
  • Whipped topping $2.94

Tax: $9.10

Total OOP: $115.02

Saved:  $9.00

It’s more than I had planned on spending this week, but we had a last minute cookout with my mother-in-law and father-in-law, and we decided to make banana pudding and homemade ice cream, so that constituted a few purchases that I had not initially planned on.  Next weekend, we’ll have another get together because it’s Katie’s birthday so some of these items will be put aside for that.  And, 8 of the packages of cream cheese went into the freezer.  I can’t remember the last time I found it that low around here!  All in all, I don’t think that it was too bad.   I should still be able to stay under $300 for the month. 

Don’t forget to check out the Grocery Chart Challenge to see how everyone else is doing this week.