## Grocery Spending Tracking

August 28th, 2018 at 12:50 amI did my big shop on Friday and Saturday. Usually I do it all in one day, but my mother's car is in the shop and I had to ferry her around on Friday and I am not going to grocery shop at the same time as her because it drives me crazy. It is also a nice time for my son and I to have alone together. My mother has a way of aggravating my son (she baits him) and also of making every conversation about politics even though I have a no discussing politics rule. I'm just sick of it.

Plus she has to comment on everything I put in my cart. She eats a very bland diet so there is a lot of "I could never eat that," and "How can you eat that stuff?" Sorry, Mom, we can't all live on a diet of processed sweet carbs and cube steak. Some of us need fruits, veggies, and meat that requires actual chewing. So basically I drove her around and waited in the parking lot. Then I went back with my son on Friday and did two stores and on Saturday I did one store with my husband.

This is our second two week shop and it went well and I came away with $31 left in the grocery envelope, which is $14 from this time and $17 from last pay period.

Our first stop was at Safeway where I bought mostly loss leaders and pantry stock-up because there were some good condiment sales. Everything I bought was on sale. I spent $124.74 and I saved $88.23 off the total.

4 BBQ sauce

2 Miracle Whip

2 bags potato chips

4 jars picante sauce

6 bottles of ketchup

4 jars spaghetti sauce

2 loaves wheat bread

2 packages of 4 sirloin steaks

1 package with 2 London broil roasts

4 lbs of black forest ham (on sale for $5/lb)

Next I went to Trader Joe's and spent $130.54. I bought:

4 bags of chicken fried rice

4 bags of roasted potatoes with pepeprs

4 bags of fettucine alfredo

4 bags of chicken fettucine alfredo

2 bags of potstickers

2 bags of gold potatoes

2 boxes of fish nuggets

2 Strawberry bars

2 mac and cheese

1 peanut butter granola bars

2 iceberg lettuces

1 box hashbrowns

4 packs of hot dogs

2 spray olive oil

Next was Costco where I spent $127.48.

2 bags of steamer broccoli

1 jumbo package of tortillas

1 bag beef mandu

4 boxes of Kerrygold butter

1 container cashews

1 container parmesan cheese

1 box fruit snacks

There was one more thing on there but it isn't listed in a way that identifies the item and I can't remember what it was.

Anyway, I think this two week shopping thing is going to go fairly well for me. I feel like we are getting everything we need and stocking up on staples without too much trouble at all. And I get to stay out of the stores because more trips always equals more money spent.