Total Value: $81.76
Quick trip to HT tonight. I think I did okay. I have been working very hard to cut my grocery budget almost in half. We budget to spend $700 a month. I haven’t changed our budgeted amount in ages, but I have noticed that the last few months our grocery bill has been going down b/c I haven’t been stockpiling everything. My pantry is very full of items that we eat often, so I am getting to the point that I can wait for items to hit rock bottom and stock up on just those items…and maybe have a few items that maybe aren’t rock bottom, but still a good price for stocking up on- especially if we use it a lot. I have also been working on rotating our flour supply and control our diet a little bit more, so I have been using my bread machine to make our sandwich bread.
To be honest I was rather disappointed with myself. I was trying to stay within $50 this week. That is really hard for a family of 6 after buying fresh produce & milk. It doesn’t leave much room for buying sale items. I went over by about $20, but most of that $20 was spent at EarthFare –$12–bulk wheat glutten for the bread machine. The other was spent at Dollar General buying LOTS of 90% off summer clearance items. I bought 20+kites, 6 pairs of water shoes, 2 sets flipper/snorkel/goodles, earplugs/nose clips for swimming, lots pool floaties… all for around $10. SERIOUSLY 🙂
Alright enough rambling tonight’s deals were okay. To start off with I had $9 in cat Q that help lower my expenses.
-2 FREE yoplus yogurt
-4 x martha white corn muffin mix $.05 each
(I think I am going to get more qs off ebay)
-oscar mayer carving board meat had RC for $2.99- $1 Man Q- $1 Store Q= $.99
(will probably use the ham to make quiche later in the week)
– Thomas English muffins BOGO @ $3.69- no Q, but Brad’s likes these for breakfast
-2 gallon milk $7.
(I am amazed everytime we visit Brad’s family in Lancaster PA how cheap the milk is. there are dairy cows EVERYWHERE. The farms haven’t been driven out of business b/c of government interventions. For what I spend on milk here, I could get organic milk in glass jars from. Enough of my rant. We eat lots of cheese and yogurt b/c they are cheaper and have more concentrated calcium & protien. They also go on sale with coupon matchups all the time. So currently milk is mainly for breakfast which is the only thing that lets our family of 6 get away with only using 2-3 gallons a week.)
*Wolfgang Puck broth $.49 each.
I learned my lesson last year- broth doesn’t go on sale year round, so I need to stock up for the next year NOW. I had to suck it up and pay full price several times during the summer b/c I needed broth. I am collecting RainChecks every time I see one of the flavors is out of stock. This is also another area I am refusing to be brand loyal. Free to cheap broth is good. I make lots of soups & stews during the winter and what I know is that the brand of broth doesn’t make or break my meals!
*Krusteaz muffin mix $.50 each
*Krusteaz pancake mix $1.25
(I know kind of high, but I love the blueberry pancake mix.)
*Bumblee albacore tuna pouch FREE
Bumblee bee canned chicken 2 x $.25 each
*Newmans own salsa con queso $.50
*glory beans $.09 each after Q
*Hormel chili $1 each
******clearance batteries ~$9 or so**********
I know probably could have been cheaper, but I didn’t have any Q. This is another item that I just can’t keep in our stash. Sam’s had much better prices even after clearanced batteries or sale + Q.
*blue diamond nuts, $.90 after evic special & Q
Overall I guess it was an okay night. I am going to be irritated with myself that I went over my “mental” budget, but I am having a hard time breaking away for the stocking up mentality and actually living off our stash. I am really trying to be careful about what we are buying, so we will see how it goes over the next few months on our reduced budget.