I went to the grocery store yesterday and had moderate success. I spent more than $50, but in my original post I mentioned some rules....specifically that the $50 was to cover weekly groceries, not big purchase items. This week I spent:
Candy: $2.66 (Robin Eggs...yum!)
Vegetables: $16.64 (spinach, bananas, oranges, onion, cucumbers)
Meat: $8.78 (ground beef and ground chicken)
Frozen foods: $6.63 (frozen corn and frozen raspberries)
Canned goods: $8.52 (Rotel, Enchilada Sauce, Taco seasoning, Black beans)
Possible non-budget items:
Justification: I bring almonds every day for lunch, but only bring 25 at a time. Each can of these almonds lasts me a pretty long time...ideally over a month. Maybe a fair thing would be to spread the cost of this can over the course of four weeks? I did create wiggle room for bigger purchases, when setting up our budget, however, and I think this may qualify.
Justification: I am having people over this week and do not want to serve them black beans. I will do that to my own husband, but not to others.
So, without the possible non-budget items, I spent:
and without tax I spent:
Not bad, huh?
How would you classify the shrimp and the almonds? Do you think that I am chickening out on my $50/week goal by allowing myself to classify those items out of the regular budget?