I want to know because I just might learn from you.
I budget $200 for grocery for 2 weeks. We have NEVER met that budget. I'm guilty of stock-buying sometimes. Over the weekend, I went inside Pak 'n Save alone while my family waited in the car. I noticed that they didn't have small trolleys! All they have is this giant trolley that can fit 3 or 4 toddlers in it.
Anyway, I got what was on my list but I took more than I should for baby formula. We keep a 900g can at baby's daycare centre and another at home in addition to maybe 1 or 2 cans standing by. Obviously when I went shopping last weekend we didn't have any stock anymore so I took 3 cans of $22 each. Those 3 cans already made up half of my purchase that day. I almost took 4 but guilt got the better of me. I thought that was already hoarding.
I used to just get 1 as our stand-by supply but there was one weekend when our formula went on sale and they all disappeared before we got there. I asked the staff but they said they didn't have any stock. Pak 'n Save is a WYSIWYG supermarket apparently. They usually sell for $25 at New World. My baby being nearly 6 months old now, he can still finish that off in more or less 5 days.
Back to my question - if I buy baby formula for $66 and diapers for $30, maybe it's not realistic to only budget $200, right? I'm not keen on upping that to, say, $250 because we might lax on budgeting.
What do you think?