Okay! Here it is, my weekly shopping trip for household groceries for January 16th!!
My goal is to keep the groceries/basic household items at or under $100/week for our family of four, and I help out two of my brothers who need a bit of help making ends meet, so I do buy things in mind for them sometimes. It's an ambitious goal, but over the course of the year, I think I can do this. I typically buy beef, pork, and chicken in bulk at our local packing house, but sometimes run out before I get back out there for another order, or sometimes I find a great deal that it hard to justify passing up, that usually happens after a holiday.
This is what I bought yesterday for our weekly groceries. Everything on this table cost a total of $114.75. That was a pretty big success for me, because I bought some typically more expensive non food items this week, and a few 'treats for the family to keep them in line with my strict grocery budget'! I was able to get the Purina One dog food, 16 lbs. for $16.99, typically it's almost $21.00/bag. It was on special and I had a competitor's coupon for another $2.00 off. Now the big thing here is that I got lucky, this store is not going to accept competitor coupons after January 21st, and the coupon didn't scan, and the cashier told me they would only accept coupons that scanned, but luckily, I called first to make sure they would take the coupon, then told the cashier and they had to override the system to accept the coupon, BUT, even though they accept the competitor's coupons until next week, they already had it out of their system! ALWAYS SPEAK UP, MOST STORES ARE COUNTING ON YOU NOT ASKING QUESTIONS OUT OF FEAR OF BEING WRONG OR EMBARRASSMENT! But don't be, ask, it saved me $2.00 and the frustration of going back next month with a coupon they won't accept any longer! I also got a much needed covered garbage can for the bathroom for $8.99 and some Loreal hair color for $3.99 with my $3.00 off coupon! (Sometimes WE need to feel good too, and I got the better hair color for the price of the hair color that typically will do funny things to your hair!) :) Coupons also were used for the dish soap. That empty crumpled baggie in the center of the pic is from a jalapeno/cheddar bagel I bought for 89 cents...not smart, but I forgot to eat and this was the first stop of three stores I was shopping at, so it prevented me from eating something more stupid and expensive later!
Deal of the day!! I was thinking of buying a ham from the first store, Giant Eagle, but decided against it because it was a whole ham and we don't eat a lot of ham, so I thought I could save that 99 cents/lb. for something else. Another thing I always do while shopping is LOOK FOR UNADVERTISED SPECIALS IN THE STORE! As I mentioned above, sometimes certain meats or seasonal items will be drastically reduced after a holiday. At Aldi, one of my favorite stores to shop at, I always look for their tags that just simply say 'Manager's Special' usually with a red tag. As I was walking past a freezer, I spotted the ham and the $5.00 off sticker! I bought two for just under $10.00. That was an exciting buy, because I put one in the freezer as soon as I got home, and the other I've cooked and already sliced for sandwiches, maybe some ham barbecue, and saved the bones for some split pea soup I'll make on Sunday or Monday! I'll freeze most of the sliced ham too, I've found that it defrosts quite nicely!
Now, none of the stores around here offer the 'bring your own bag' discount anymore, it used to be 2-5 cents, depending on the store, but that nice little reward for not wasting plastic has gone away, but I love my shopping totes! Totes in general, they can be used for almost carrying anything, not just groceries! I haven't been to Joshua Tree National Park (in California), but my daughter and son in law have. They have a lifetime goal to visit every National Park, and currently live out west, so they are getting a bunch off their list! A perk for me is that they buy me a bag at most of the parks they visit! I also have one from Yellowstone, and two from the Grand Canyon. One I got myself when we visited last year...awesome place, but that's another post!
My tally: Total spent: $114.75
Food: 82.00 (I still have enough to buy five more gallons of milk for the week)
Gas: 75.00 ~ so far, I'll probably have to add another $25. (I decided to keep track of this too, since gas prices are crazy. This will help me stay on track with the cost of driving too!)
'Til next time, have a great day!! :)