Sunday, December 3, 2017

Grocery store shopping 1st week of Dec

I have been slowly decorating the house .The candles on the mantle have a red bulb, in a colored picture they look like pink smears according to my son. He liked this picture best. Still haven't decided if I am doing anything with the chandelier this year.

We had some friends that wanted us to meet up with them at Hong Kong buffet. We used a coupon and it was in the budget so we went.

 Since we were going to be  in town we decided to go to the store so I checked what we needed to what is now our basic list. We didn't need much. At dinner our friends who was just at the store told us about the pork shoulder sale and the hamburger sale.

December food budget is $260 .Non food is $100...dogs stuff is on separate budget.

I spend $104.52. saved 29%. I got pork shoulder with bone for 94¢/lb (normal price $2.49/lb). I got 9.36 lbs. I got hamburger $1.99/lb(normal price $3.33). I got 6 lbs  I got mushrooms (one white and one portobella) with coupon of 50¢ on each package and I picked the marked down packages saving another 50¢ each. I got milk $1.59. I let Hubby pick out some sweet rolls and he got some canned biscuits for some meals he wants to make (I can also deep fry them into doughnuts and doughnut holes). I noticed he went with the cheaper ones instead of the name brand like he is used to.

This morning we ordered some items from King Arthur Flour after checking to make sure it was the lowest price we could find of somethings he wants to try. I used a discount coupon I had and got lower shipping also.

We now have $71.84 left in food...that is plenty for any produce or dairy we need.

Hubby ordered ink refills for his pen that was cheaper than the pens he had been using (out of non food). He has problems with his hands when holding a pen or silverware. We have been searching for silverware...think we might have found the one we both feel comfortable with.

Menu got tossed out the door with how we both have been hauling butt getting things done. We know we have another busy week with making a trip to see Daddy, massage therapy for me(it's at night for 2 hrs) and 3 appts for both of us. SO I have to sit down and figure that out. Plus I haven't  transferred things to the new calendars either. That can be today.

Blessed Be


  1. Forgot to add, the prime rib roast we have on Christmas eve comes out of the gift budget as it's the only thing Hubby asks for. His great grandparent, grandparents and parents have always served prime rib(they raised the meat).

  2. I so enjoy your blog. I hope to retire August and then have to Cobra health care. What an expense but so worth it to finally get to have some time for me and some relaxation from a very stressful profession with long hours. I cannot wait. I do not can as you do but buying ahead of non perishable items and will have to really watch money going out as I do not want to have to collect SS or pension for a year and a half if I can manage that. I still need to find a financial planner to discuss options....but the one thing not on the table s working past 63.5 years come August. I will make this work out! Please keep on writing how you are doing things to make ends meet.

    1. first appointment with financial planner is free. Check out at least 3 of them. Vanguard and Fidelity are online also. ASK ones that have retired before you. We went with Edward Jones and plan to roll everything to them as the guy we have is also a friend of a friend of ours and he to the point and uses "layman" terms