Grocery budget motivation #2

How is everyone’s 2013 grocery budget holding up?  Brian and I haven’t made any changes to our grocery budget this year.  We are still spending $200 a month for the two of us, usually split up into $100 for the first half of the month and $100 for the second half.  This pays for all of our breakfasts, lunches and dinners, fruit and snacks.  Here’s how a recent $100 broke down:

Photo Credit: Stacy Spensley via Flickr

Photo Credit: Stacy Spensley via Flickr

At Superstore, we spent $44.45:

  • 1L apple juice – $0.99 (plus recycling and deposit fees $0.12)
  • canned soup – $1.66
  • 3 vermicelli instant noodles – $0.99
  • 2 ramen instant noodles – $1.36
  • canned corn – $0.87
  • frozen grape punch – $0.64
  • 6-pack of 100g yogurt – $4.47
  • rice cakes – $0.99
  • harvarti cheese – $4.87
  • 200g deli meat – $3.51
  • whole wheat bread – $1.78
  • 1lb cooked shrimp – $3.98
  • 3 large pork tenderloins – $13.21
  • 4 bananas – $0.69
  • 2lbs carrots – $1.48
  • 1 English cucumber – $1.47
  • 1 red mango – $0.77
  • 1 chayote squash – $0.48

At the bakery, we also picked up 3 stuffed buns for $2.65

At the local market, we spent: $1.31

  • 3 tomatoes – $0.36
  • 4 bananas – $0.95
At Shoppers Drug Mart, we spent: $6.28
  • 1 dozen eggs – $2.29
  • 1kg peanut butter – $3.99
With what I’ve purchased, I’ve already made several meals:
  • 6 sandwiches, using the deli meat, cucumber and havarti cheese.  We still have cheese left for breakfasts.
  • 4 servings of stir fry, using the chayote, carrots and frozen beef slices that I bought previously.
  • 6 servings of fried rice, using the eggs, carrots, canned corn and shrimp.
I’m also planning on making:
  • 6-8 servings slow cooked pork tenderloin with carrots and possibly other veggies
  • ramen, with shrimp and veggies

After all that, we have $45 for the remaining for these two weeks.  We’ll need to get more bread, fruits and veggies, but I will probably not buy more meat – we still have lots stashed away in the freezer.  If I didn’t have meat in the freezer, I’d probably pick up some cheap 99 cents/lb chicken legs (for baked chicken, stripped for stir fry meat and soup, or fried in marinade) or a large roast (cut into a small roast and slices for stir fry and sandwiches).  I may also have to pick up more milk and cheese, but we’ll see.

How does your grocery budget look this month?

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