Week 32-36 What We Ate and How Much We Spent on Groceries

Happy September 1st! Time for the August grocery shopping update. I budgeted $400 for groceries this month because there were five weeks in August.

Total spent on groceries for August $438.39 that’s $38.39 over budget. I’ll have to do better in September for sure but considering I was $60 under budget last month I still think we aren’t doing horrible.

We did go out 4 times last month for dinner and did enjoy the food at the farmers market a few times. All considered I think we did great!

Here are a few of the meals and goodies we made at home last month:

There are some weeks I just don’t feel like cooking much. There was a point in August where I just couldn’t motivate myself. This summer has been a summer of hot and no rain for most of the country and NY was no exception although our temperatures were a lot more mild compared to out west. Still the lack of any rain really has been a bummer this season. We finally have gotten rain this past week and temps are cooler. I feel a change in the air and that makes me excited for fall cooking.

September I am going to budget $400 again for the month because I want to get some extra produce to put up for the winter.

How are you doing with your food budget? Until next update….. -MM

Published by marymargaretripley

I am a professional Bakery Manager at a privately owned grocery store. I also owned my own bakery for over four years. I have been baking for 15+ years professionally. I also teach canning and preserving classes and have been gardening since I was 5 years old. I live in Western, NY with my husband, teenage son, Bernie the Cat and Muffins the Hamster.

7 thoughts on “Week 32-36 What We Ate and How Much We Spent on Groceries

  1. It is so hard to cook when it’s hot! We have rotated through grilled hamburgers, pork chops, ribs, and brats, and pulled BBQ pork and beef from the freezer, and plenty of breakfast suppers. I’m ready to be able to use the oven again!

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  2. lots of lovely colourful & healthy dishes there! We cook everything from scratch in this house because I’m GF (allergy, not celiac). It’s impossible to buy ready-prepared meals that are safe for me and eating out is a rare occurence too, for the same reasons.

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    1. I can’t imagine how hard that is for you Claire! It’s bad enough that I have to take a pill just to eat cream cheese on my bagel but not to be able to eat the bagel?! Ugh…food allergies/sensitivities are a bummer aren’t they?


  3. I do a lot of chicken and boneless pork on the grill in summer with a rotation of corn, red cabbage slaw and cucumber salad as accompaniments. I love the grill because the cleanup is less and my husband does the grilling. Here on Long Island we are in the midst of a drought. I didn’t get nearly as many cherry tomatos as usual and my basil is looking done. I am looking forward to some cooler weather also.


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