Thursday, March 24, 2016
Bare Essentials Challenge: This Week's Shopping Trips
This turned out to be a good week for sales after all. I was thinking that I'd have to pass on corned beef this year as 3.49 lb was the cheapest I was seeing it for sale, but when I went to Fred Meyer I found out that the points weren't advertised on their ad, only the flats and the points were 2.49 lb! Not the 1.99 or less per lb I was hoping for, but I was willing to suck it up and deal with it.
I picked two corned beef briskets and used my 3.00 off your meat purchase of 15.00 or more coupon on them and it worked out to be about 12.00 for both corned beef briskets. I took that amount off of my holiday meat shopping budget, so I won't be counting it on my weekly grocery budget, but I was so happy to have gotten them that I just had to share *laugh*.
And now onto the rest of the shopping!
The milk should actually be in with my Carrs shopping, but I put it here because I broke up the groceries into "fresh or frozen" and "shelf stable" categories this time.
When I went to Fred Meyer I got my free pot pie while I was there.
I got grapes for 2.99 lb on sale for my daughter's lunches (and as dessert for a "light" type of night). I always have problems with Fred Meyer and their produce in that they never pick over the produce to remove rotten grapes and things, while Carrs seems to be better about doing that when they put stuff out. So, I am sure the produce guy was going to be ticked at me later, but I picked out any grapes that were rotten or near rotten from the bag before I put it into the cart. I just refused to pay for fruit that we were not going to eat. Sorry produce guy!
I got my son some of the Natural Harvest Whole Wheat Bread. My mom sent me a coupon for .75/1 on that brand, my son really likes it (still trying to sell him on home made bread) and the one loaf will last him quite a while for toast. It was on sale for 2.99.
I was going to get my daughter Tyson chicken nuggets for her lunches while I was there, but they were out, so I ended up getting her Foster Farm ones instead for 6.49.
I also got two bags of discounted apples for 1.00 per bag. I nearly went nuts with the reduced fruit as they had a cart full of it, but the reduced citrus was in really bad condition, so I just went with the two best bags of apples I could find.
The milk was 3.69 regular price.
All totaled I spent 25.53 toward my grocery budget in that photo.
I ran over to Carrs because of 5.00 Friday sales. I got cat litter and a big bag of dry cat food for 5.00 each (I had a 1.00/1 coupon for the dry cat food, so that actually ended up being 4.00), a party sized bag of Cheetos on sale for 4.99 and two containers of flavored water for my daughter's lunches (since the kids were going back to school on Monday and I wanted to make sure I had enough to last her through the week and the weekend). Final cost 20.98 (with the exception of the milk in the first photo up top).
Total cost toward grocery budget: 47.51.
I then went and got another gallon of milk this week on that 50.00 too, so I went a bit over budget by 1.12. Not too bad, though, overall.
So my total spent for the week was 51.12. Meat purchases (of which I set aside money for holiday sales and meat shopping this month) totaled 12.49.
By the way, notice the lack of Coke in the photos above? I ended up sending my husband to the store earlier last week (after my "ouch" shopping trip to Three Bears and all) and had him pick up Coke while he was there. I then put some cash float money I had back into the bank later to help cover the cost of the Coke as I had it to spare from my monthly grocery budget. It worked out alright and allowed me to skip buying Coke for a while as I didn't realize how little soda my son was drinking while he was sick (since I was sick too) and we ended up being super stocked with Coke. How well stocked? I think I might get through all next week without having to buy Coke too. I'm happy with that situation anyway :).
So, there you are folks. My shopping trips for the week. How did you do?