Spent: $ 72.82
Saved: probably $8-$10 lots of the produce was on sale.
This trip wasn’t really about saving lots of money it was about picking up lots of odds & ends.
I easily spent $25 on non-grocery items like:
*Air filter $7 (walmart is the only place that sells our size)
*$6 worth of fabric
*$5 microfiber towels
*$8 on various sewing supples
Other than the produce the rest of the food items were for a bunch of freezer meals I will be making during the next week.
*Frozen Hashbrowns x 3 & Evaporated Milk get added to the spiral sliced ham I made & cubed and lots of Kraft Shredded Cheese to make
THREE large 9×13 Hash brown Casseroles
I think my overall cost for each casserole was maybe $6-$7 and it will feed all 6 of us with LOTS of leftovers. For me freezer cooking goes hand in hand with couponing. I can buy meat when on sale and plan my freezer meats around what is normally the most expensive ingredient and save lots of money. I can also pick up other ingredients as I find them on sale and reduce my expense even more.
*Frozen Broccoli for several Broccoli Chicken casseroles- not my exact recipe, but you get the idea
*Water Chestnuts– will end up in a Chicken & Rice Casserole that used Uncle Ben’s/Rice a Roni Wild Rice & Cream of mushroom soup…
I can make this pretty cheap b/c I can get so many of the pantry items on sale and just wait for the meat to go on sale.