Saturday, January 24, 2009


24 days into our Urban Pantry Challenge I have over shot the $100 per month grocery budget.
I hate to lose.
Without any fan fair and a limited amount of excuses ( justifications ) here's the details of my defeat. I won't disclose the dear price owned to my husband ( opposing view that we spend closer to $150 per month ) except to begrudgingly deliver the spoils of my defeat to him.

Personal Care Items - $9.81
CVS had Colgate Toothbrushes on sale BOGO for $1.99/2, then I had coupons so each toothbrush ended up costing me 50¢ each. Also bought Colgate Toothpaste on sale for BOGO for $2.79/2, also had coupons so each six once tube of paste ended costing 89¢ each.

All total I saved over $20.34 according to my CVS receipt on 6 brushes & six tubes of paste.

We're all set on oral hygiene for the year!

Meat - $50.93
Local chain grocery store had a lost leader special on whole Prudue Roaster Chickens - 79¢ per lbs. Don't know about the rest of the country but I haven't seen under 99¢ a pound in ages for plump meaty birds.

On average I picked out roasters that were well under $6 each for a total of 7 birds.

Menu plan is to stretch each bird into two meals or one meal & sandwich fixings for lunches.

Also bought two discounted packages of pork chops and a discounted package of large cap stuffed mushrooms for DH.

Odds & Ends -$5.84
Milk from the dairy $3.
Bag of barley for soup making $1.29/16 oz.
Soy sauce $1.55 loss leader. Should last @ least a year as DH has a thing about soy products.

$66.58 over budget ( NYS tax included ).

I hate to lose.
~~ pelenaka ~~