Grocery Haul and No Spend November Update

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We have had another successful No Spend November week.  I shared in my post last week, that we only spent $10.92 out of pocket of my allowable of $25/week for groceries in November.  I rolled the leftover that I didn’t spend ($14.08) to this week. So, I had $34.08 that I could spend on groceries this week.

We had a Chili Cook-off at church yesterday, and I signed up to bring a pot of chili.  I had two pounds of ground beef in the freezer.  I needed another two pounds so that I could make a double batch of chili.  I also needed beans, chipotle peppers and mushrooms for the recipe I wanted to use.  I also wanted to get my Thanksgiving turkey since they were on sale for $0.59/lb.

I went to three stores.  I had to stop in at Walmart to look for some office supplies for work (I will be reimbursed for that expense).  I remembered that I had a gift card that had a little over $3 on it.  I decided to buy a few items from my list.  I got chili beans and chipotle peppers in adobo sauce.  I spent $1.45 out of pocket.  So, I left Walmart with $32.63 left to spend.

Next, I went to Kroger.  I definitely wanted to get my turkey and also to get a few other items on the Mega Event Sale.  I found baby bella mushrooms marked down so that helped.   I spent a total of $30.60.  Eeek!  I still needed to get ground beef and it was just too expensive at Kroger.  I only had $2.03 left to spend for the week.

Finally, I went to Aldi.  When I walked in, I remembered that I needed eggs and that they had a great deal on sweet potatoes ($0.79 for a bag).  Luckily, I found a package of hamburger patties with a $3 off sticker.  I spent a total of $5.04.  So, I went over my budget by $3.01.  Not too bad, and I will take that off of next week’s budget.  I will have $21.99 to spend next week.

My freezer and pantry is getting cleaned out and looks pretty bare.  But, I was able to plan 10 dinners.  Some nights will be leftovers, so we could potentially skip shopping next weekend and just shop right before Thanksgiving to get supplies for the holiday dinner.  I have plenty on hand for lunches and breakfasts.  During my next week’s shopping trip, I know I need to purchase potatoes, broccoli, mushrooms (for making stuffed mushrooms–expensive but a tradition), cheese, milk, butter, cranberry sauce, cornmeal mix  and ritz crackers.  If I have to, I still have a $50 Visa gift card I can use–I mentioned that in my original No Spend November post.

Here are my meal plans with food that I already have on hand:

Homemade tomato soup and cornbread

Chicken chili

Chicken barley soup and bread

Dirty rice, green beans

Chicken and rice with mushroom gravy, broccoli

Spaghetti and meatballs

Pancakes and canadian bacon

BBQ chicken, rice and green veggie

Chicken Parmigiana, spaghetti noodles and sauce

Salmon Croquettes, baked sweet potatoes, green veggie

For Thanksgiving:

Turkey, dressing, gravy, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, broccoli casserole, stuffed mushrooms and probably either a salad or another veggie.  For dessert, I have a devils food cake and chocolate frosting.

I am finding that there is a lot of temptation right now.  While in  Walmart, I spied the new Christmas line of dishes and “purty” crockpots from The Pioneer Woman.  I also walked through Target and browsed through the Hearth and Hand Collection by Magnolia–Chip and Joanna Gaines.  If I wasn’t doing a No Spend November, I am not sure how much I might have spent–even though I truly don’t NEED anything.

I am very happy to report that we have already put $1500 in savings this month.  I hope that we will put another $1000 aside by the end of the month.

How is your November going?  How have you been saving money?

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    Becky
    November 12, 2017 at 10:16 pm

    You are doing so well! I know how hard it is to stick to the $25/week, as I have done it a few times. NO WAY would I have the willpower to do it Thanksgiving month. Or Christmas. So, it’s so awesome that you are doing so well. You are going to have very happy holidays, just knowing you were able to sock away so much money this month. Good job!!!

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    Kim
    November 13, 2017 at 1:23 am

    You are dong great. I still have to get my turkey. I am also waiting for butter to go on sale. I was able to squirrel away $260.00 last week I hope by the end of the month to be done with Christmas chopping and to be able to pay a bill off.

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    Jenni@DitchingOurDebt
    November 14, 2017 at 1:51 pm

    I can’t even fathom a $25/week grocery budget. Ours is more like $75-80! I love all of the sales going on at this time of year, though. Our freezer has never been so full!

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