Grocery shopping is one of my stress reliever. I haven’t been out of the house for a couple of weeks now. Being able to go to the grocery store is a breath of fresh air for me.
Before going to the grocery store, I made a list of the things we really need at home. I used to just go to the grocery without any list and buy things I thought we need, but actually we don’t. Today’s grocery budget was ₱2,500 (about $50 USD), and that’s good for at least two weeks of stock for my family.
On our grocery list, we have:
- Corned beef.
- Meat and beef loaf.
- Instant noodles.
- Pancit canton (basically an instant noodles too).
- Body soap.
- Dog food.
- Dog soap/shampoo.
- Laundry soap and powder.
- 1 kilo cooking oil.
- 1 kilo soy sauce.
- 1 liter vinegar (sukang puti).
- 1 kilo brown sugar.
- Cotton buds.
- Popcorn (uncooked).
- Sanitary pads.
- Snacks (chips) for the kids.
In the end, I only paid ₱2,017. Yehey! The remaining ₱483 (just 463 after the tricycle fare going home) will go straight to my travel funds. 😉
My Dad is assigned to buy the fresh produce like meat, fishes, vegetables, and rice at the local public market. We used to buy a sack of rice every payday which lasts up to 30 days for us, but since the price of rice hit above 50 pesos per kilo, we just buy 10 or 15 kilos each time. It really depends how much I make. It actually saves us money if we buy a sack, but we just couldn’t afford it at the moment. We are also considering the kids’ daily allowance, projects, tuition fees.
I can’t really explain why I feel happy doing grocery shopping. I just do. I guess being able to provide for my family’s needs gives me a sense of pride, I don’t know. It just comes out naturally to me.
What’s your grocery budget in a week or month? What’s on your grocery list? I’m curious!