Thursday, February 11, 2016
The Bare Essentials Challenge: This Week's Shopping Trips
Turns out I have exactly two cavities, which one is big, but not close to the nerve and the other one is small but they want to fill it before it gets worse (I'm totally behind that). Other than that my teeth are fine decay wise. After not being to the dentist in five years (I was off on my time table when they checked the date of my last appointment...oops), I was thrilled that my mouth wasn't worse.
My biggest problem, it turns out, is receding gums due to my old nemesis TMJ. I've had it since 2004 and haven't really been taking care of it right (as in at all really...I take Ibuprofen for it when I need to and that's it), so now I'm dealing with the consequences. So, a bite guard to stop myself from grinding and clenching at night is in my future ASAP. But, overall, it could have been SO much worse, so to anyone who threw a prayer heavenwards for me, thank you!
As for grocery shopping this week, my entire 50.00 grocery budget for this week was shot in one day (Tuesday as a matter of fact. Yup I shopped on Tuesday, again *laugh*). I'm pretty sure I'm going over my budget for the week because I'm still going to need to pick up at least a few bottles of Coke for my son and a couple of gallons of milk. So, I'm going to be looking at probably 10.00 overage on my grocery budget for the week. Now I can grab the last 4.00 and change from my daughter's birthday money to help compensate for that (I *ahem* sold her on chocolate chip cookies for her birthday treat at school, so that will save me one throw away pan), but I'm still going to be over. Depressing, but when you end up having to pick up about 20.00 in cat supplies (dry cat food, cat litter and wet cat food) you know you're in trouble. And there was no way around it really. I was pretty much out of dry cat food, the cat box needed to be changed (and no coupons to be had this week, unfortunately) and the cats were contemplating eating us soon if they didn't get a few more cans of wet cat food per week, so yeah...it needed to happen.
But, anyway, here's what I got this week for 50.00.
Got veggie straws and tortilla chips for my son's speech therapy as his therapist wants to work those into his feeding therapy (she wants to see if he likes corn chips or ranch flavors with his Doritos, either way, she figures, we can get him some healthier options either way), which was 5.00 and some change more than I wanted to spend, but necessary.
I also got milk since it was still on sale for 2.99 a gallon with the in-ad coupon. I got a 2 liter bottle of ginger ale as well. I found a coupon for 1.00/1 Refreshe item in my cart last week and knew that ginger ale was still on sale through the end of the month for 1.50, so I got it for .50 after coupon (I have been mixing this in with orange juice to try and get my son to try it. So far, no luck, but I'm still trying).
All totaled I spent 12.05 at Carrs.
At Fred Meyer I got Doritos (on sale 3.50 per bag this week) and Cheetos (same price at Carrs or Fred Meyer, so I ended getting it at the second store. Was praying for a sale, but no cigar) for 5.29.
I also got chicken nuggets for my daughter's school lunches, on sale for 5.49 this week. Kroger brand sausage was supposedly on sale for 3.00 per package, but when I got there it was marked 2.79 per package, so it was a nice find. I've been wanting breakfast sausage for a while and am out of ground pork in the freezer (that I can find anyway, no telling if it's hiding somewhere).
I found Braunshweiger on reduced for 2.27 per tube so I got some for my husband to take to work for lunch or to eat on crackers as a snack (I like it too, but can't eat much of it as it is so rich).
I got some Bumblebee Tuna Salad to-go things as my son will eat the tuna salad out of these kits (crackers he could not care less about...go figure as he's always the carb loading one). He'll eat ONLY this tuna salad (I keep trying to sell him on home made, but nope). Since it's the only meat he'll currently eat of any type, I suck it up and buy the little boxes for 2.19 a pop (I still flinch at the price though).
My big extravagance this week was buying some Psst tea for 1.19. It's supposedly just black tea by the ingredients, so I'm going to try using that in my beloved iced tea instead of buying some of my more expensive preferences when I have a hankering. I hope it turns out okay.
All totaled AFTER 6.13 in rewards rebates I had, I spent 38.13 at Fred Meyer (sad, but true).
Total spent for the day: 50.18
So far the milk is holding out and so is the Coke, so I'm KIND of hoping I can make this all work until Monday and not have to worry about going over budget. We'll see if luck is going to be a lady to me or not *laugh*.