Week 3 Pantry Challenge Update - Still Over Budget

(not shown - 25 lb bag of Flour - the Hubby likes to make a lot of bread)

Why is this so difficult for me? I honestly think the more I try to put myself on a budget, the more I want to spend money. I have made excuse after excuse on why I just have to get this and that until eventually I have exceeded my budget. The week is almost over. Thank the Lord! I still have two more stores to go to today and I know I should not even leave the house. My out of pocket so far this week is around $74. Granted the Kuerig coffee is something I normally do not count as part of my grocery budget, but it should be included since I would normally include regular coffee. I picked up a box of 80 k-cups at Costco for about $30, and they will last us at least through the end of February and possibly March - well, maybe not if my husband has his way with the coffee. Next week is the last week of the challenge, but since I did not meet my goals, I plan on continuing to hold myself accountable to a weekly budget of $30. I think keeping my blog updated with weekly spending helps me to take a mental look at what I am buying as well as to know exactly what I am spending.
So, here is the breakdown for my shopping trips.

Costco $49
  • 80 K-cups $33
  • 25 lb bag flour $8
  • 6 lb bag brown sugar $5
  •  Large Garlic Powder $3.00
Aldi $14.20
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Garlic
  • Pigeon Peas (for puerto rican rice)
  • Rotel
  • Stewed Tomatoes
  • Cream of Mushroom
  • Andes Mints (No, I did not need these)
  • Chocolate Hazelnut Bar - This is not good.
  • Jar of Chili Powder
  • Kids dye free Liquid Ibuprofen $3.29 (my kids do not do well with red 40 or yellow dyes - they go nuts I tell ya!)
  • 3lb bag onions
  • green apple
  • whip topping
Commissary $2.02
  • Kraft Slice Cheese $1.89 each - used $1/1 coupon I found at Safeway in Kraft Booklet
  • 4 Marcal Tissues - Free after coupon
 Safeway $4.00
  • Spinach $.99 - used $1 off min $5 produce coupon found in Kraft booklet in Safeway x1/21
  • Bananas 
  • Garlic, chopped .99
  • Tomatoes .99
  • 2 boxes Annies Organic Mac and Cheese - Free After printable coupon

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