Grocery Geek, December 30… Plus Our Variable Expense Budget for 2 Weeks

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December 31, 2016 by Courtney

We are on our second month of really budgeting and keeping up with it.  We’ve had to make some adjustments, but we’re getting there.  I’m still working on spending less for groceries.  I definitely bought some things this time that we didn’t need, but I wanted to treat my kids :-).  I think in the scheme of things, you have to weigh what’s necessary and what is just enjoyable.  It made me happy to hear how excited my kids were about the snacks that I bought them.  I’m getting to a point in which I buy processed foods (for convenience and my sanity) along with whole foods (for health).  I think I’ve found a good balance.


This is for most of 2 weeks (I’ll need to pick up a few things next week).

I also had to buy food, paper plates, plastic cups, and plastic silverware to make a meal for our summer staff (Home for the Holidays!), so a lot of this will be used on Tuesday.



  • Dean’s Ranch dip
  • Dean’s French onion dip (got these dips for 2 for $2)
  • 1 gallon HEB whole milk
  • 2, 11 slices of Tillamook medium cheddar
  • 8oz HEB shredded sharp cheddar
  • 8oz Hormel natural cracked pepper turkey deli meat
  • 1lb Owens natural sausage
  • 2 containers of Julio’s salsa
  • 2 packages yogurt covered pretzels (treat)
  • 1 gallon vinegar (for cleaning)
  • 1 bunch bananas


  • 2 packages of 12 count HEB Kettle Cooked chips
  • 2 packages boneless pork shoulder (Carnitas)
  • 2 yellow squash
  • 3 zucchinis
  • 2 heads of cauliflower
  • 1 seedless cucumber
  • 1 stalk celery
  • 1 bag red grapes
  • 2lb strawberries (they’re under the grapes)
  • 1 bag yellow onions


  • 3 bags of hamburger buns
  • 1 bag of whole wheat hot dog buns
  • 1 bag golden potatoes
  • 1 package flour tortillas
  • 100 count paper plates
  • Aluminum foil
  • Large package of Austin cookies and crackers (treat)



  • Box of 6 HEB organic animal cookie bags
  • Box of 9 HEB organic cheddar “froggeez” bags
  • 3 cans of Rotel
  • 1 container Creole mustard (this stuff is amazing!)
  • 1 jar pizza sauce
  • 1 package of 2 pizza crusts
  • 24 count plastic cups


  • 2 boxes HEB family size macaroni and cheese
  • 2 small boxes of HEB plastic forks and spoons
  • 3 bags of seasoned Texas original tortilla chips (amazing!)


  • 20 pack Coke Zero
  • 12 pack Berry La Croix


  • 2 prescriptions
  • 2 bottles of generic flonase (thanks to lovely allergies)
  • 4 boxes of Kleenex (I happened to see these as I was walking to the pharmacy at Walmart and grabbed them!)

Variable Expense Budget (this page is in my household notebook)


Normally we have $250 for groceries and $50 for clothing, but I moved the money from our clothing budget to account for the extra that I spent on food for our dinner with summer staffers.


My health and wellness budget is high this pay period because I have a new doctor and it’s $180 out of pocket for that… plus meds and counseling… that makes for a high health and wellness budget.  Next pay check it will be less.


My in-laws are letting us use their old Nissan Xterra, and I have been driving it to town (for AA/counseling) instead of our Expedition.  This $11.89 that I spent today would have been $18-20 in the Expedition!  Such a blessing!!  This is going to save us so much money.  The $150 is our old budgeted amount.  We will see how much we spend this pay period and adjust as needed for next time.


For an example of misc, we bought a nut milk bag to strain my Greek yogurt, a whisk (our old one broke), and Star Wars: Return of the Jedi for the kids :-).


Stay tuned for my Meal Planning Sundays post coming up!  It will reflect 2 weeks of meals.

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