This week we are right back to normal, and at first when I looked at the sale ads and coupon match-ups I was a little disappointed thinking the deals were not at all as good as I had hoped, but it turned out to be a pretty good week.
Friday morning shopping and here's what I came home with:
I hit two stores today Kroger and Aldi, and I didn't get my usual $10 worth of meat since there were no good deals on any and I refuse to pay more than I would normally.
2-Honey Nut Cheerios Crunch Medley $2.29 used coupon $0.85 that doubled to $1.70 = $0.59 each
2-Froot Loop Treasures $1.99 used $0.70 coupon that doubled to $1.40 = $0.59 each
2- Green Giant Veggie Chips $0.99 used $0.50 coupon that doubled to $1.00 making them both free
4- Bugles $0.99 used $0.50/2 coupon that doubled to $1.00 = $0.49 each (my husband likes these to take to work for his lunch)
1-Aloha Hawaiian Punch $2.29 used $1.00 coupon = $1.29
2- Canned Veggies $0.67 each since my sister works there we get a 10% discount on Kroger brand items making them $0.60 each
3- Gallons Milk $1.50 each on Manager's Special
1-Loaf Bread = $0.85
1-Hot Dog Buns= $0.89
1- Hamburger Buns= $0.89
10lbs Potatoes $2.99
2lbs Onions= $1.69
1-Tortilla Shells= $0.99
1lb Strawberries= $1.59
1 pint cherry tomatoes= $0.59
2 bags Carrots= $0.59
1 pint Mushrooms= $0.69
2- Canned Veggies= $0.49 each
1-Canned Diced Tomatoes= $0.79 each
TOTAL= $26.95 and I received a $2.00 catalina on a future purchase for buying 2 boxes of Cheerios which I had intended to used for 2 gallons of my milk but of course I got in line and completely forgot.
Since I take all of my grocery money for the week from our first check of the month, if I find a great deal on meat, milk, bread, or eggs (the weekly essentials) I stock up for the weeks to come. I do not take money from future weeks for anything else. I have found when you start doing this, the last week of the month inevitably ends up with hardly no money to spend. When I went to the milk section of Kroger I noticed they had quite a few gallons marked down to $1.50 each! Since we go through a minimum 3 gallons a week and the ones on sale had an expiration date of July 23 I knew they would last and I bought them up. I ended up with 7 gallons, 3 for this week, 3 for next, and 1 for the week after that. I took all but 1 of the manager special gallons, had I had room for more in my fridge I would have bought it too, but I'm so super excited about the savings.
Where I would normally spend on average $7.50 a week for milk, this week and next I spent $4.50, saving $3. To most $3 doesn't seem like much, and most don't probably wouldn't get a whole lot for $3 but depending on the sale and the coupons $3 can get you a lot when it comes to groceries.
The last of my $30 grocery budget this week will be spent on eggs and toilet paper. Our Giant Eagle has a great deal on toilet paper and 1 dozen for $0.99 which of course I will be buying a months worth this week because they are usually $1.68/dozen.
I'm really fortunate to have so many grocery stores so close together so making multiple stops (even though it's not my favorite thing to do) is easy and doesn't cost a lot of extra gas money since I'm not having to go out of my way.