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September recap & grocery shopping

October 1st, 2011 at 12:13 am

What a month. Crazy spending. Here is how it breaks down:

Medical: 1630
Rent: 1132
Utilities: 229
Furnishings & Equipment: 227
Groceries: 182
Gifts/Charity: 110
Eating Out: 75
Insurance: 66
Business: 54
Gas: 38
Personal: 32
Vet/Pet Supplies: 30
Car Repair/Maintenance: 25
Clothing: 23
Entertainment: 12
Household Supplies: 3

Total: 3868

It is the costliest month I've had all year, but what really tipped the scale was the medical. I supposedly have an out-of-pocket cap of $1750. We'll see if that holds true. I'm almost there.

I was looking at a magazine in the break room today and pulled out an insert with coupons for Dominick's. It was a good find. I shopped on the way home from work. I paid $23.82, and my total savings was $17.77, or 43%! Here is what I bought:

5 "Eating Right" entrees (their version of Lean Cuisine)
1 box Eggo muffin tops
2 lbs. Jimmy Dean sausage
Alfredo sauce
Freschetta pizza
Red Baron pizza

Obviously, it was a frozen food promotion. I had coupons on all of the above, as well as a $5 off coupon for buying $15 worth of frozen food. That's okay. I will want a stocked freezer when I'm recovering from my surgery -- which is next Wednesday.

And since I bought only 11 items I can still go to Wal-Mart tomorrow and get the few things I need.

Tomorrow there is a rummage sale at a big church in a well-heeled area. I want to go, but then again, I want to make October a lot leaner than September. But there might be great deals! Or I might just spend money on things I don't need! What to do, what to do. I'll see how I feel tomorrow.

2 Responses to “September recap & grocery shopping”

  1. Looking Forward Says:

    I buy the Eating Right stuff too. Your store Dominick's must = Safeway out here on the west coast.

  2. CB in the City Says:

    Yep, Dominick's is part of the Safeway chain. And our other big grocery store, Jewel, belongs to Albertson's.

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