January 2017 Grocery Spending

HI! Welcome to what I ‘hope’ to be a new, monthly post.  I say HOPE because you know, life gets in the way of things but this year, I’m aiming to really watch them dollars and treat them like little green soldiers with a job to do each and every day …

In late December, I opened up another CapitalOne 360 account online. This one was a checking account (I already have two savings accounts set up there) and it’s specifically for grocery shopping. I figured maybe, just MAYBE this will keep my grocery shopping in check.  I deposited $200 at the time of opening and then another $200 right before the new year so I would have my new goal of $400 in that checking account. The debit card arrived a little over a week after I set it up, thanks to the funky Monday holiday schedule and I used it the first time on January 4th …

I kept all my receipts in an envelope in my notebook … I
really should have typed them up as the month went along but that would have
required too effort. Instead, I’m spending the LAST Sunday of January doing it …
*raise your hand if you are floored that it’s the end of January already?!
So. At the end of the month (today, as far as I’m concerned
since I don’t anticipate any stops Monday or Tuesday), I spent $561.53.  That’s $161.53 over what I had hoped to
spend.  I’m thinking I need to do a No
Spend week from 1/30 to 2/6 if not longer. We do have a rather large expense at
the end of the month as we are hosting my daughter’s wedding reception at the
house on the 25th … it will be fine as we are making all the food
and such and limiting the alcohol to beer and wine/sangria.  Told hubby we need to hide the real stuff in
the house just in case! There will be about 65 people and since we didn’t have
to pay for a wedding, I said let’s do the reception right with
tents/tables/chairs/centerpieces, etc. 
And since we all love to cook, we choose to make the food ourselves with
a little help from Costco!

January 4th, 2017
Publix $31.02

Seriously, no idea how it got to $31 so quickly!

2 bunches cilantro (thought one was parsley) $1.78 for both
2 bags sweet baby peppers B1G1F $5.99 for both (as opposed to $3.99 a pound for red pepper)
2 bottles light olive oil (mayo and ranch making) B1G1F $8.63 for both
12 pk of LaCroix water $4.99
1 pound bag of carrots 99 cents
12 pk organic store brand coffee pods $7.99 (cheapest there was)
1 lonely WHITE sweet potato (1/2 pound) 65 cents (should have been $2.49/pound but he rang it up wrong)

Whole Foods 1/5/17
Honeycrisp apples (really) $12.29
(3 pounds worth)
Bag of date Sugar $5.99
I need to really take the sugar back, it’s not what I
thought it was
Publix 1/8/17
We volunteered to pick up drinks and ice for a
Celebration of Life for my daughter’s father in law … yes, he passed away after
undergoing extensive chemotherapy in California for a year. Enough money was
raised to fly him home (medivac flight) on a Sunday, was admitted upon arrival
to hospital on Monday morning, released to hospice at home on Tuesday morning
and passed at 11:55am on Wednesday. All he wanted was to be home with his
family and animals. Last wish granted.
6 12 pks soda (b2g1f) $5.29
x 4
20 pound bag of ice $3.69
Publix 1/13/17
Huh.  I do fairly
well, and then look what happens. I was aiming to only spend, maybe $30 for cat
food, Lacroix, and a few veggies.
Bananas $1.65
Kcups – Dunkin Donuts $6.49
Fresh salsa x 2  $5
for both
Guacamole x 2
(b1g1f) $5.49 for both
(not sure why I buy this, it needs so much
to make it yummier)
Almond milk creamer $3.00
Shredded carrots $1.99
3 jalapeno
peppers  $.37
Fresh parsley  $.99
taters $2.93
cat food $13.59
Lacroix $4.99
Plantain strips
(chips) $2.79
12 pk Becks
light $9.99
Blue tortilla
chips  $5.99
2 bags of chips  $5 for both
Publix 1/22/17
Bananas $2.18
Honeycrisp apples $6.90
2 pkgs green beans $1.69
2 gallons water $.95
Milk  $3.75
Almond milk creamer  $3.00
Walmart 1/24/17
Uhm, this was on my lunch hour to get out of the office and
find something to eat as well …
Watermelon water $2.98
2 red bell peppers  $1.68
1 jazz apple   $.77
Hot dog buns $2.98
Bag of coleslaw mix $1.86
Bottle of ketchup  $2.98
Green juice x 2     $2.49 each less 50 cents each 
Celery $2.43
Grass fed hunk of beef $10.39
Sliced ham  $2.18
2 gallons water $.88
Icebreaker candy $1.98
Mints  $1.98
So – I feel I need to explain the gallons of water. We had this big @ss Brita container in the main fridge that took up half of one shelf. It was great, so long as everyone remembered to add water AND I remembered to change the filter every once in a while.  I got tired of the condensation build up from when we filled it and just dealing with it all the time, so I cleaned it up and stuck it in storage for the Boy when he moves.  After 8 gallons of water, the boy pulled up this on Amazon and suggested I buy it. I did, since I had a $25 gift card (thanks to swagbucks!) and it came in 2 days. Works like a charm and now we just need to remember to fill up the gallon once it’s empty and we always have 2 in the fridge already … that was a win win to me … $18 would have been 18 gallons of water, 2 to 3 gallons a day and we would have hit that $ in one week.
Publix 1/16/17
One thing: Milk $3.75
Publix 1/26/17

What should have been a quick stop at the store ended up to
be so much more. Story of my life and perfect example of WHY you shouldn’t stop
for just one thing … hold out as long as you can! 10 days was a good hold out!
Kcups (Panera brand) $6.49
Kcups (Publix organic) $6.49
Large Ziploc bags  $2.50
x 2
2 12 pks Lacroix (b1g1f) $4.99
for both
Calendar  $4.99 (cute, yoga
poses for cats, for my dad)
3 12 packs soda (b2g1f)  $5.49
x 2 (Hubby is still hooked on soda)
Carton of almond milk creamer  $3.00
Gallon of milk  $3.75
2 lemons $1.69
2 limes  $1.00
2 pkgs of tomatoes $3.99
each (mini San Marzano, total splurge)
2 containers cut watermelon  $6.32
for both (b1g1f)
Bag of yellow onions $2.99
2 ½ pounds tomatoes $3.07
2 bags of chips  $5.00
Bag of Tostitos  $4.29    
Hot house cucumber  $2.00
Garbage bags  $8.49
Large container spring mix $6.99
18 count EB eggs  $4.49
Walmart 1/28/17
$243.79 ($32 of which
was clothing)

Oops. Can I just say: the purpose of this stop was to pick up dad’s stuff, a few cans of celery soup, some marinara sauce and bread. So much unnecessary stuff. I got caught up in the moment 😧
Half & Half (store brand)   $2.24 
large Ranch Dressing   $3.88
Keurig coffee (store brand) $14.98
Bag of candy  $5.38
(dad-I’m questioning though as I don’t remember 2 bags)
Bag of Twix   $5.78 (dad)
2 pkgs Milano Cookies $4.48
each (dad)
Gallon of OJ   $4.54
Twin pack turkey lunchmeat $5.76
*kids at house over weekend
Twin pack ham lunchmeat   $5.76
*kids at house over weekend
3 containers cottage cheese  $1.84
2 ¼ lb 85/15 ground beef x 4  $5.77
each (this was black angus and a great deal and took all 4!)
Large container fresh salsa  $4.96
7 pkgs lil smokies (14 oz each)  $1.50 each (stock up for reception at end of February)
Pills White $1.00
(trying to figure out what this is too)
2 pkgs 1 pound Mozzarella  $4.22
Bag of fried “rice” cauliflower  $3.97 (fresh produce section, new item)
2 pkgs 1 pound Cheddar Cheese $4.22 each
Pkg Cherrywood smoke turkey  $3.48
Pkg smoked turkey  $3.48
6 cans cream o celery soup  $.94
Jar pasta sauce   $1.98
Small grey poupon $2.98  (so used to buying at Costco, I had sticker
2 jars marinara sauce  $1.98
Can of red skinned peanuts $3.18
(hubby’s treat)
2 pkgs fudge stripe cookies  $2.00
each (hubby’s treat)
Large bag of chips $3.98
6 pk donuts  $2.78
(treat for dad and friends)
Sour cream  $1.58
Pkg of fresh mozzarella $5.98
2 pkgs of sliced pepperoni $2.48
2 pkgs smoked sausage $2.98
Pkg of lettuce “filets” leaves   $2.96
Applegate hot dogs  $4.98
2 avocados   $1.96
(.98 each)
2 lemons $1
2 limes $.80
8 pk diet pepsi  $2.50
2 heads iceberg $.98
2 18 pks EB eggs $3.88
each (again, sticker shock after Costco for so long)
Large container blueberries    $5.52
*kids at house over weekend
Large container strawberries  $4.74
*kids at house over weekend
*2 work out tops   $7.00
each (clearance)
Leggings   $15.86 (for workout)
Notice I said “kids at house over weekend”? Well, not really kids, but young adults. 
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