Tuesday, March 15, 2016
The Bare Essentials Challenge: This Week's Shopping Trip
The main reason I went over this week is simple. I decided yesterday that I was going shopping at Three Bears, which is a bulk type of store we have around here (they actually get a lot of their in inventory from Costco as you can see from the brands I got), but you don't need a membership to shop there. I knew it was going to be more expensive, for the most part, than shopping at the stores, but I decided split second to go there as the carts are huge and I figured I could make my son sit in the cart if he didn't feel like walking as he's still pretty wiped out. That and the store is like less than five minutes from my house by car, so it was just me feeling very tired still after being sick and not wanting to run to multiple stores.
This is one of those shopping trips that you look at the bags and the total and go, "What? This doesn't seem right!" when in fact, it is right. Kind of sad really.
So, here's where my 50.00 (plus) for this week went...
I got two gallons of milk for 7.89. This, to me, is ridiculously expensive for milk regular price as that's actually more expensive than a non-sale price for milk at Safeway, but I committed myself to shopping there and my kids just wanted to get shopping done and go home.
1 small thing of marshmallow creme for 2.12
1 large thing of marshmallow creme for 3.19
Right, so we didn't NEED marshmallow creme, but my daughter and I were talking about growing up in New England and Fluffernutters came up. Okay, for those NOT in the know about these, as unless you grow up on the East Coast you probably won't know what I'm talking about, a Fluffernutter is a heavenly concoction in a sandwich which consists of Marshmallow Fluff (which as far as I know isn't available outside of the East Coast) and peanut butter. Until you taste it, to most of us who grew up in New England, you haven't truly lived *laugh*.
Well with the son's peanut allergy, peanut butter was out, but I had to pick up some almond butter for him for speech anyway as we found out that the Kirkland brand of almond butter was made in a peanut free facility (and is MUCH cheaper than buying specialty brands online) and I didn't have Marshmallow Fluff available, but I could buy marshmallow creme and almond butter, so I did. It will be worth it if I can get my daughter to actually EAT a sandwich as she hates them. As close as we can get her to eat to a sandwich is a tortilla rolled up with melted cheese inside it or a cheeseburger. I'm always trying to find new ways to get calories and protein into that child as she is so tiny, probably a side effect of her stomach condition hitting her during a major growth period in her life, so if she'll try said sandwiches it'll be worth it.
The smaller container of marshmallow creme is for making fudge, pure and simple. I am KIND of hoping to be able to make it for Easter, but we'll see how health and things go around here.
The almond butter was spendy (16.09), but it is nice having a nut butter around the house again that ISN'T peanut butter. I'm hoping this stuff holds up well in things like cookies. I'd love to have a readily available nut butter to use in the kitchen that I can just jet down and buy instead of having to worry about ordering a quantity of four or more at a time. And if my son's SLP can get him to eat some of it during feeding therapy it will help to fill the protein gaps in his diet, which would be wonderful!
The sales so far for this month are just depressing. Corned beef isn't going for less than 3.00 lb (ouch doesn't even BEGIN to cover that one. Average price is ranging at about 3.49 lb right now), so that is definitely off my "buy" list...well maybe. I got this booklet from Fred Meyer in the mail a few days ago...
At least the coupon for the meat and produce and things is good till May 22nd, so I'll have time to shop sales and find a good deal to use them on if I don't use them this week. Always nice!
Butter became a priority to buy finally and the sales just weren't there so I figured I'd get butter at Three Bears while I was there as well. I do have money set aside for these types of purchases as I know that buying items like this would just eat my grocery budget for lunch, but it was still depressing. I found that the price on butter had gone up too. 12.00 plus for four pounds of butter. So, I'll definitely be watching sales at the regular stores now and picking up butter when it goes below 3.00 per lb. It's now worth it to do so instead of just buying it in bulk.
I got a 9 lb box of Cascade for 13.00 and some change. A 2 lb box at the store is normally around 5.00, so this was definitely worth the price I paid for it, but it hurt parting with that much money just for dish washing detergent at one time (and no, making my own has not worked for me. I've tried in the past and it just doesn't work great with my water). Oddly enough I really do like the powder better than the gel detergent. It works much better in my dishwasher and dissolves better than the gel and the double benefit there is that it lasts a LOT longer than the liquid does. And this box will last me for a long time I'm sure.
The hamburger buns were a treat for my son who has been determined to survive on french fries the last week. Thank goodness he IS eating them, so at least he's moving off of the french fry diet.
The cat food was also expensive. I can normally get cat food for about .52 a can at Fred Meyer. At three bears it was nearly .90 a can.
Basically, unless I'm going to Three Bears to get something I know I can't get somewhere else (like the almond butter) or if I'm going to get something in bulk that I know will be worth buying a LOT of it to not have to buy for quite a while (like garbage bags), I don't think I'm going to be buying much there from now on until their prices go down.
Not shown is a big bulk bag of Doritos I got for my son while I was there that was 5.00 (I put it in the pantry when I got home). I passed on the Coke there as it was 3.00 per two liter bottle...um...no.
So, all totaled I spent 64.41 on groceries so far this week
Overall I'm alright since I haven't picked up much on the grocery front the last little bit. I'm debating raising my grocery budget to 60.00 vs. 50.00 just because the prices on things keep jumping up, but I'm still torn about it as I'd like to save as much money as possible, thus the 50.00 grocery budget.