My grocery budget – year in review

December 18, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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budgetFor all of 2013 I’ve been keeping a close eye on our grocery budget and publishing the results every month here on Green Bay Consumer.  My goal when I started the year was to see if I was still spending around $450/month in groceries as I had been prior to having two more kids, a slowed economy, inflation, etc.

With December only being half over, I simply took my current spending total and doubled it.

Here’s how it all looks.

For the year, I spent $4670.53 on groceries.  Dividing that by 12 months, my total came to $389.21 in monthly spending, well under the $450 budget I made for our family.  As I’ve mentioned previously, our family has made the move to more natural/organic items and have avoided the processed-yet-cheap convenience foods like Hamburger Helper so I’m very pleased with our numbers.

Besides avoiding pre-processed foods, I simply shopped the lowest-priced grocery stores, shopped the sales and combined coupons whenever possible, canned/froze my own food and more.  I avoided impulse items and thought twice about adding some items to the cart when I knew I was getting close to my budget for the month.

Will I try to go lower in 2014?  I see no reason to change our $45o/month budget.  That gives me a cushion of spending for those months where stocking up on an item can push the spending higher.

I hope this exercise has encouraged you to take a closer look at your spending on variable items like groceries.  By simply monitoring my family’s spending this way, I became more aware and also made smarter choices in the grocery store.

Disney Pixar Hits on Blu-ray and DVD – up to 57% off

December 5, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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monsters-incIn honor of Walt Disney’s birthday, save on Disney products across all of today only.

Finding Nemo (Three-Disc Collector’s Edition: Blu-ray/DVD in Blu-ray Packaging) $19.96

Monsters, Inc. (Three-Disc Collector’s Edition: Blu-ray/DVD Combo in Blu-ray Packaging) $19.96

Cars (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo in Blu-ray Packaging) $19.79

Ratatouille (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo) $14.69

Toy Story (Two-Disc Special Edition Blu-ray/DVD Combo in Blu-ray Packaging) $17.20

Toy Story 2 (Two-Disc Special Edition Blu-ray/DVD Combo w/ Blu-ray Packaging) $19.29

Toy Story 3 (Two-Disc Blu-ray / DVD Combo) $19.36

A Bug’s Life (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo) $15.79

The Incredibles (Four-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Copy) $24.29

Up (Three-disc Blu-ray / DVD Combo) $20.99

Cars 2 (Two-Disc Blu-ray / DVD Combo in Blu-ray Packaging) $21.59

Pixar Short Films Collection Volume – 1 [Blu-ray + DVD Combo] $15.29

Monsters University (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) $24.99

Planes (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) $24.96

Get free shipping with orders over $35 or with Prime Membership (get a 30-day free trial here).

This deal is good today only.

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Scene It? 80s Deluxe Edition $9.99 (reg. $29.99)

December 3, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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scene-itI’ve played Scene It? many times and really enjoy the game.  As a child of the 1980s, I can not pass up on this edition!

Scene It? 80s Deluxe Edition $9.99 (reg. $29.99)

  • Game DVD features clips and images from iconic 80s movie, TV, news and pop-culture moments
  • Great for 2-4 players or teams
  • Includes 175 trivia cards and 16 Buzz cards
  • Includes four collectible metal tokens
  • Race friends and family around the Flextime? game board – Be the first to make the Final Cut Round!

Amazon can change prices or sell out at any time.

Festival Foods Facebook Fanatic Coupon available

December 3, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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Don’t forget Festival Foods bi-monthly Tuesday coupon! This special coupon is available to print every other Tuesday – Thursday, but the coupon itself can be used Tuesday through Saturday of that given week.

You can find the coupon under “Facebook Fanatic Coupons” on the Festival Foods Facebook page.

This week’s deal: 6 pack .5 liter bottles or 8 pack 7.5 oz cans Coca  Cola product $1.98 (limit 2)

You can see the more of this week’s deals over at Heather’s Hollander Hut.

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