For those of you who haven’t read this feature recently, I returned my weekly budget to $100 but that now includes a $25 restaurant allowance.
Did we go to a restaurant in the past week? It was such a blur with the flurry of activity related to buying a house in California while finding a tenant for our house in Oak Park, I can’t even remember. Let’s assume we did.
For groceries, I spent $74 — all at Dominick’s. I had one epic Dominick’s trip where — get this — nothing went wrong. I had a lot of Just for U offers loaded onto my card, including tricky ones like “$3 off a $10 produce purchase,” and they all came off as they should have. Then there was a multi-item deal — buy 3 packs of fish sticks, get them for $2.99 each — some buy one, get ones, and the $10 ham coupon. All worked flawlessly. My favorite deal: I had $3 off Breyer’s Blasts ice cream on the card, and it was on sale for $3.49, so my kid’s upcoming birthday party is now partly stocked for less than a buck.
After all that perfection, I was surprised to receive the $10 off coupon for spending more than $75. (Also included in my purchase was $6 worth of Vienna Franks which my parents reimbursed me for — they pushed me over the edge!) Since I so rarely spend this much in one shopping trip, I usually don’t even pay attention to the “spend $75, get $10″ offer and it was a total happy surprise.
Later in the week, I went back and spent my $10 coupon on fresh produce.
Here’s what we ate on $74 this week. Since I am still parenting on my own and busier than ever right now, I am definitely keeping things simple:
WEDNESDAY pork tenderloin and frozen broccoli with cheese sauce
THURSDAY can’t remember
FRIDAY ate at Grandma’s house
SATURDAY we ate at Grandma’s house
SUNDAY ate at Grammy’s house
MONDAY ham and bean soup made from the Easter ham bone that Grammy sent home with us and some pinto beans out of the freezer
TUESDAY rainbow rotini with meatballs and jar sauce, roasted asparagus