Frugal Living update
Frugal Living update

Frugal Living update

I forgot to take pictures of last weekend’s grocery trip, but wanted to do an update anyways.

I spent $109.43.  (It was $112.69 – $3.26 of the remainder of a gift card that I had.  For some reason, I estimated wrong – I was expecting it to be $99 – not sure what I missed.)

I got:

Produce ($13.86)

  • 1.8 lbs of broccoli crowns, organic ($2.68)
  • 2 bell peppers ($3)
  • 2.25 lbs of tomatoes ($4.42)
  • 2 avocados ($2.50)
  • 2 lbs bananas ($1.26)

Bulk Section ($18.40)

  • 1/2 lb of walnuts ($3.45)
  • 1.1 lbs organic rolled oats  ($1.62)
  • 1.25 lbs of organic pasta ($3.46)
  • 1.5 lbs of organic dried black beans ($2.03)
  • 4.6 lbs of organic whole wheat flour ($3.63)
  • 2.5 lbs of organic sugar ($4.21)

Beverages ($20.42)

  • 1 gallon of Silk vanilla soymilk ($5.79)
  • 1 quart of Silk soy creamer ($2.99)
  • 3 Old Orchard frozen juice ($3.75)
  • 1 lb of coffee ($5.99 with coupon)
  • 2 liter bottle of Fresca ($1.85 + $0.05 bottle deposit)

Dairy ($8.79)

  • 10 Tillamook yogurts (10 for $4 with coupon)
  • 2 lbs of Cheddar Cheese ($4.79)

Meat ($14.96)

  • 3 whole chickens, cut up ($14.96)

Alcohol ($21.49)

  • 12-pack of beer ($12.99+$0.60 bottle deposit) – maybe it’s just me, but I hate seeing ‘age verification bypassed’. *sigh*
  • 1 bottle of Ecco Domani chianti ($7.99)

Other ($4.69)

  • Barilla marinara sauce ($2 – these were 2 for $4, and I would’ve actually gotten, more, but there was only the one left)
  • Generic raisin bran cereal ($2.69)

Non-food items ($9.99)

  • 10 large cans of Frisky wet cat food – YUM! ($4)
  • 2 hotpads that will hopefully protect our hands from hot things, unlike current hotpads ($5.99)

Obviously the hotpads were an irregular purchase – but we did get a LOT of stuff. Total coupons savings – $3.00.

Last week we ate:

Sunday: broccoli & baked potatoes

Monday: cheese sandwiches

Tuesday: Chicken curry

Wednesday: Cheese & crackers

Thursday: Chicken tacos with guacamole

Saturday: cheese & crackers

SO – not an inspiring week…..this week we’ll have

Sunday: Moroccan stew

Monday: Chicken something-or-other (still finalizing menu)

Tuesday: Chicken tortilla soup

Wednesday: Chicken taquitos (homemade)

Thursday: Tuna-noodle casserole

Saturday: Leftover soup & sandwiches

SO – for the month

I made two major trips to the market & spent



In addition, we made one trip to the weird market down the street & spent:

$8.23  – Flour, Saltines & catfood

The architect also made one (unsolicited) trip to the market for dry cat food (which was needed) and two boxes of cereal (for which he didn’t bring the coupon) and two 2-Liter bottles of soda.


So – January total:


More than I would’ve liked, but WAAY less that our totals of $100 +/week that we were running before. And all this before I’ve mastered the coupons. I am still having trouble finding coupons for things that I actually want to buy – organic food, produce, etc.

In addition, we spent many, many $$ on going out. That is the area we really have to work on. A lot. I tink if I actually added up all the $$ we spend not just on going out together (and thus coming from our joint account) but also on the lunches & happy hours separately (and thus from our individual accounts), I would be sad. I should probably do that – so I can be sad.

My next market trip will be on Sunday next week.  My goal for FOOD items is $80. I’ll let you know how it goes.


    1. I, too, only really buy things like ‘eggs’ or ‘a chicken’ or ‘vegetables’ and not so much “hamburger helper’ or ‘velveeta’.

      I buy most things from the periphery of the store, and there are seldom coupons for that stuff!

  1. I’m not much of a coupon user but my hubby is! I think it’s awesome that you’re minding your pennies and such. Ok and you guys eat so dang healthy! I love that you still had beer on your list. Priorities!!

    1. My new frugality is the direct result of my husband being laid off in November – and since I only work part time, we’re having to pinch our pennies pretty tightly to get by….but without beer, we would be extra stressed – so I buy the beer that is on sale! 🙂

  2. Alisa

    I too, love that beer and a bottle of wine are still on this list!

    The Ambitious Pi’s have done reasonably well this month with grocery shopping…last week I bought two meals worth of food (plus a few staples like milk, fruit, etc) for $45! Oh how I love the Winco bulk bins =).

  3. i too enjoy the ecco domani chianti. it’s kelley’s wine of choice for the last few years.

    I did add up all of the grocery store, restaurant, happy hour, lunches for the entire month once and vowed never to do it again. it was amazing. that’s one of the bene’s of working from home now — i never eat lunch out anymore.

    1. Ecco Domani is decent not-too-expensive wine. And it’s been on sale a lot lately 🙂

      Until the architect is re-employed, I think we might need to keep track of the coffee stops, lunches, happy hours, etc…..I bring my lunch most days, but it adds up.

  4. Ahhh, a frugal health nut after my own heart. The best always costs money doesn’t it. I always find myself contemplating over health & value. I am glad to see you didn’t eliminate the alcholol treats!

  5. im impressed, you spend way less than i do. it seems like every time i go to grocery store its $100 and i bought worthless stuff! we also spend a lot on going out to eat, i love to, but i know its a waste of money so we’re trying to cut back. to me, it sounds like you’re doing an awesome job!

    1. This is a pretty new thing – I used to spend $700-$800/month on groceries & going out; $100/week at least at the market, and going out to eat a couple of times a week, too. But, until the architect is bringing in paychecks again, I’m having to be frugal.

      That also means no new shoes. *sigh* Oh – first world problems!

  6. Eliza

    I’m rather jealous of what you pay for canned cat food. It’s like 89 cents a can here.. Wtf? The kitties are not getting anything special out of the DC Metro environment — I mean, except freaked the eff out by helicopters overhead every day, but really, not helpy…. Good job with the budget!

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