And another week has just flown by! I didn't need much at the beginning of the week, so I just picked up the sale items at Publix.
I had run completely out of toilet paper and ended up buying cheap/store brand toilet paper over the weekend because I had run out of my storage supply! :) I cannot tell you how thankful I am for couponing just with the deals I get on high quality toilet paper and paper towels. When I bought the cheapy roll, I paid .88 cents and it was HORRIBLE! Here, I bought 12 double-rolls of Angel Soft toilet paper for $4.49 (on sale for $5.49, used a .50/1 coupon that doubled) and ended up paying .37 a roll! 1/2 the price and about 100 times the quality. Okay, this is a strange soapbox to be on (the quality of toilet paper?), so I'm stepping off.
At Publix I saved 64%. I spent $17.86 and saved $31.08. Again, principle of buying ahead is at work here. Do I need cough syrup this week? No. But when it's typically $5+ dollars and I can pay .99 cents for it this week, I'd much rather buy it now, instead of when I am sick and willing to pay anything! I bought a chicken to put in the freezer because it was $1.19 lb plus I had a .75/1 coupon. I try to buy Perdue after reading this article about their competitors. Perdue is a little more expensive, but I feel better buying it, so I try to wait for sales. :)
Yesterday (Thursday) I made a trip to Target because I needed a few things, namely salad stuff. I saved 45%, which is pretty good for Target! I spent $17.06 and saved $14.18.
Even with some stock up purchasing, I managed to close the month of September out about $3 over budget which is great! I'm ready for some sales on baking products as I am running low on all baking ingredients!
My grocery budget for the month of October is $160. This includes all of our groceries, cleaning supplies, health and beauty items, and paper goods.