Monday, June 29, 2009

Cash only groceries--month of June review

Last month was our family's first go at using cash only for all of our grocery shopping. You can read the results of last month's budget here. Since we came in under budget last month, I decided to cut $20 off this month's budget and set a budget of $340 for our family of 6 for the month. With just 1 day left in the month and no more shopping trips for me I thought I'd run and post my numbers today. To my surprise we came in WAY under budget this month!

Total for the month of June groceries:
Budget: $340
Actual spent: $216.72
Amount UNDER Budget: $123.28
Mail in rebates submitted from this month's grocery receipts: $51

Not counting the money we'll get back for the mail in rebates we spent only 67% of our budgeted amount. That's $54.18 a week for a family of 6! If you count the money we're getting back from the rebates that brings the month's total to $165.72 or nearly 49% of the monthly budget.

You can see by looking at my Meal Plan Monday postings that we eat pretty well, but if you're wondering what you can really buy for $54 a week this list is for you! (Note--we eat lots of frozen veggies that I've stockpiled for pennies a bag so you don't see anything like that on the list this month and you'll remember how prolific our lettuce has been this year so we didn't need to buy any of that!.)

Number Unit Item


4 lbs strawberries
10 indiv bananas
1 32 oz blueberries
1 indiv pineapple
12 fuji apples
3 oz baby spianch
1 bunch green onions
1 indiv tomato
2 indiv tomatoes
7 indiv bananas
2 bags salad mix
4.17 lbs seedless watermelon
2.8 lbs apples
6 ears corn
1 pt blueberries
1.98 lbs bananas
1 lg onion
1 lg pack raspberries
1 lg seedless watermelon
5 indiv bananas
5 indiv apples
1 indiv tomato
1 qt blueberries
1 indiv sweet potato
1 indiv pineapple
1.96 lbs apples
2 indiv roma tomatoes
1.86 indiv apples
2 indiv pineapples
1 indiv seedless watermelon
4 indiv apples
2 lbs lbs potatoes
1 indiv large sweet potato
1 indiv small onion
5 indiv bananas
1 pack strawberries


1 gallon skim milk
2 gallon 2% milk
3 gallon 2% milk
4 lbs butter
2 blocks cream cheese
1 gallon skim milk
1 dozen eggs
1 dozen eggs
1 gallon skim milk
1 gallon 2% milk
3 dozen eggs
1 gallon 2% milk
4 lbs butter
5 lbs shredded mozzarella
2 lbs cheddar
1 qt heavy cream
3 gallons 2% milk
1 6pk TJs yogurt
5 indiv containers yogurt
1 gallon skim milk
1 lbs Kraft american cheese
1 gallon skim milk


1 16pk hot dog buns
1 16pk hamburger buns
1 8 pk hamburger buns
1 8 pk hamburger buns
1 loaf sandwich bread
1 bag mini bagels
1 pk hamburger buns
1 pk hot dog buns


10 lbs frozen chicken breasts
2 lbs bacon
2 8oz packs pepperoni
0.67 lbs beef strifry
1.3 lbs ground beef
1.67 lbs london broil
2.67 lbs sirloin steak
22.14 lbs boneless skinless chicken breast
5.2 lbs pork tenderloin
2.5 lbs pork tenderloin
3.6 lbs boneless skinless chicken breast
1 pk taylor ham
2 pks hot dogs


2 cans sweetened condensed milk
2 bottles BBQ sauce
4 bottles BBQ sauce
2 bottles BBQ sauce
1 bottles soy sauce
1 can chili


1 bag flour
1 bag confectioners sugar
1 bottle vegetable oil
1 bottle syrup
2 boxes Cheerios
1 box cake mix
1 box instant pudding
1 box cake mix
1 box instant pudding
3 boxes cake mix
3 boxes instant pudding
1 box brownie mix
2 boxes brownie mix
2 boxes cake mix
3 boxes instant pudding
1 bag flour


24 pk bottled water
29 bottles joint juice
14 bottles joint juice
14 bottles joint juice
27 bottles joint juice
36 bottles joint juice
2 half gallons Tropicana OJ


2 bags Lays Potato chips
1 box granola bars
1 bottle soy sauce
12 oz bag chocolate chips
4 lbs chocolate chips
5 indiv donuts
1 jar crushed garlic
1 bottle lemon juice
1 can cooking spray
1 bottle ketchup
1 pack zesty herb marinade


4 boxes tissues
2 bottles handsoap
1 bag gallon ziplocks
3 bottles Shout
1 8pk Bounty paper towels
2 purse packs tissues
2 12pk Cottonelle toilet paper


9 bags Pampers
1 bag Huggies swim diapers