Tuesday, September 22, 2020
So, we have been empty nesters for a bit over a month. If you are new here I have twin boys who just started their freshman year of college. Just like we went from zero to two kids we also went from two kids to zero. Wah! It is still surreal that it all happened so fast!
During March through August I felt like I spent soooo much money at the grocery and I know I am not the only one that felt that way, right? I was doing so much more cooking than normal and we were eating almost all of our meals at home. My grocery bill was $1000-$1200 a month I think (I must admit I did not track it very well)! So, after we packed the boys up, I set a goal to only spend $500 a month with just the two of us here.
Here is how I did from August 15-September 15:
Kroger $170 – I really do not know what happened. It was my first time shopping in person instead of doing Kroger pick up. I found new products and I was buying some things for my first care package to drop off for the boys. Plus, I had run out of a lot of staple items or had put off buying things until after we got the boys situated.
Kroger $70 – the next week I just filled in and did not need as much
Trader Joe’s – $60
Kroger $140 but only paid $40 – had rewards checks – yippee!
Fresh Market $25 – just needed/wanted a few things
Kroger $90 – but had $41.10 in coupons (more rewards checks and a valuable coupon) – so only spent $48.90.
Paul’s Fruit Market $20
Grand Total for first empty nest month = $458.90
I was really happy and proud! But, honestly, I think I should be able to spend even less once I figure out what we really need in a week. I have not done really well with meal planning because I am busy with school.
Shopping now: a little tiny can of beans. Womp, womp. So sad and small in my palm.
I have never seen my fridge so empty. It was a good time to clean it out. I am also still really working hard on less food waste. We did not need two gallons of milk. I had a coupon to get a free box of cereal with two gallon of milk purchase. Bad idea.
A couple of meals we have eaten lately:
tortilla soup with little grilled ham and cheese on sourdough
oven baked cajun tilapia, corn, asparagus, half a baked potato.
Strawberry salad – grilled chicken, spinach, goat cheese, strawberries, sunflower seeds
I am hoping to do more soups soon.
What have you been eating lately?
Do you think your grocery bill went up during the pandemic?
Thanks for reading!