Since I stocked up on meat last months, I'm going to try to spend only $50 per week in March.
Let's see how I did:
This week I went "over" budget by spending more than $50 because I stocked up on some items and also bought extra eggs, apples, and bread since we seem to be eating more of those items these days. However, I am still far below our official budget of $100/wk so it's all good.
Budget for the week: $50.00
Total OOP: $70.17
Rebates expected: $2.00
Total spent after rebates: $68.17
Money left in budget: OVER BUDGET BY $18.17
Baking Supplies: $1.34 OOP
- I wasn't planning on buying those items but I saw the 50% off cupcake mixes and I had a great coupon to go with them... I should have just bought 4 boxes of the mix and made my own frosting since the price on the frosting wasn't as good.
- (2) boxes of Pillsbury Maple Brown Sugar Cupcake Mix (Target) on clearance @ $0.62 each, minus $1.00/2 manufacturer coupon = $0.24
- (2) containers of Pillsbury Maple Brown Sugar frosting (Target) on clearance @ $1.05 each, minus $1.00/2 manufacturer coupon = $1.10
Beverages: $2.29 OOP
- When I was looking for the herbal peppermint tea at Dollar Tree last week, they didn't have any, but they had 3 boxes in stock today so I decided to get all 3.
- 12 cans of ginger ale (Save A Lot) @ $2.29
- 3 boxes of 24-ct Herbal Peppermint Tea (Dollar Tree) @ $1.00 each = $3.00 but FREE after remainder of Amex $200 Statement Credit
Breads/Baked Goods: $4.72 OOP
- I'm not sure why we've been eating so much more bread this past week or so, but I froze the white bread loaf so it doesn't get stale too fast.
- The rye bread was on 50% clearance and I decided to get it since I have corned beef in the fridge that I need to cook to make Reubens! In the meantime, I froze the loaf as well.
- 2 loaves butterbread (Save A Lot) @ $1.29 each = $2.58
- 1 loaf white bread (Save A Lot) @ $0.99
- 1 loaf rye bread (Save A Lot), on 50% off clearance @ $1.15
- I was excited that the Lucky Charms was back in stock at CVS since I had a raincheck and coupons for them AND they both have a BOGO coupon on the back! I should be able to get 4 boxes of cereal for free at Publix next time they're on BOGO sale.
- 1 bag Malt-O-Meal Cocoa Dyno-bites (Save A Lot) @ $0.99
- 2 boxes of Lucky Charms cereal (CVS) @ $1.88 each after raincheck redemption, minus $0.75/1 and $0.50/1 printable manufacturer coupons = $2.51, minus $2.51 in ECB = FREE and will get $0.50 back from Saving Star
Dairy: $11.24 OOP and got $2.00 back in ExtraCare Bucks
- I'm always happy to get the $1.00 in ECB on each gallon of milk at CVS because that makes them cheaper than at Aldi.
- 2 gallons whole milk (CVS) @ $3.69 each = $7.38 but FREE after remainder of Amex $200 Statement Credit, and got $2.00 back in ECBs
- 7 cups Fit & Active blueberry yogurt (Aldi) @ $0.39 each = $2.73
- 16 oz light sour cream (Aldi) @ $1.29
- 1 Yoplait Greek Whips! yogurt (Publix) @ $1.20, minus $1.24 digital manufacturer coupon = $0.04 MONEY MAKER
- 1 lb unsalted butter (Aldi) @ $1.89
- 8 oz mozzarella cheese (Aldi) @ $1.79
- 8 oz sharp cheddar cheese (Aldi) @ $1.79
- 8 oz Monterey jack cheese (Aldi) @ $1.79
- The coconut oil is not always available at Aldi so since I was going "over budget" anyway, I decided to stock up.
- I also decided to stock up on minced garlic since I don't always get to go to the Dollar Tree.
- I didn't need the can of soup but not buying it would have meant forfeiting part of my ECB coupon, which I didn't want to do.
- 1 cup of Rice A Roni (Walgreens) @ $1.69 and got $1.69 back from SavingStar so FREE.
- 2 cans pinto beans (Save A Lot) @ $0.65 each = $1.30
- 2 cans black beans (Save A Lot) @ $0.59 each = $1.18
- 2 jars minced garlic (Dollar Tree) @ $1.00 each = $2.00 but FREE after remainder of Amex $200 Statement Credit
- 1 can no salt added corn kernels (Save A Lot) @ $0.49
- 3 cans chopped green chiles (Aldi) @ $0.65 each = $1.95
- 1 can Progresso soup (CVS) @ $1.49, minus $0.50/1 store coupon from kiosk, minus $0.36 in ECB = $0.63 but FREE after remainder of Amex $200 Statement Credit
- 2 cans Carnation low fat evaporated milk (Target) @ $0.99 each, minus $0.55/2 manufacturer coupon, minus $0.50/2 Target store coupon = $0.93 and got $1.00 back from Checkout 51 = $0.07 MONEY MAKER
- 2 8-oz cans no salt added tomato sauce (Save A Lot) @ $0.25 each = $0.50
- 1 jar organic coconut oil (Aldi) @ $4.99
- 1 box mac'n cheese (Save A Lot) @ $0.34
- The 3-lb bag of apples that I bought on Sunday was almost all gone by this morning so I got a 5-lb bag since they were the same price as the 3-lb bag. However, the apples are larger so it doesn't mean that the bag will last any longer!
- I had a $3.00 coupon from Driscoll as compensation for a bad package of raspberries and they were finally under $3.00 at Target so I got them for free.
- Save A Lot had a lot of bananas marked down to $0.29/lb. I like those in my oatmeal in the morning better than greener bananas because they're sweeter so it worked out great.
- I already have several cans of Dole pineapple juice at home but it was a great deal with the sale price, coupons and the rebate. I will turn them into pineapple popsicles for my son in the summer.
- 2.13 lbs red grapes (Save A Lot) @ $1.49/lb = $3.17
- 3 lbs of Gala apples (Save A Lot) @ $2.99 and got $0.25 back from Checkout 51 = $2.74
- 5 lbs apples (Save A Lot) @ $2.99
- 0.75 lbs green beans (Save A Lot) @ $0.89/lb = $0.67
- 1 lb sweet potatoes (Save A Lot) @ $0.99/lb = $0.99
- 1.93 lbs of bananas (Save A Lot) @ $0.29/lb = $0.56
- 1.21 lbs zucchini (Save A Lot) @ $0.99/lb = $1.20
- 0.69 lbs Roma tomatoes (Save A Lot) @ $0.89/lb = $0.61
- 6 oz Driscoll raspberries (Target) @ $2.99, minus $3.00/1 manufacturer coupon = $0.01 MONEY MAKER
- 2 lbs carrots (Aldi) @ $0.79
- 1 bag spinach (Aldi) @ $0.99
- Asparagus (Aldi) @ $1.99
- (2) 59-oz cans of Dole pineapple juice (Publix) @ $2.00 each, minus (2) $1.00/1 printable manufacturer coupons = $2.00 but FREE after remainder of Amex $200 Statement Credit and will get $1.50 back from Snap
- Greg is eating 2 eggs for breakfast every morning and 2 hard-boiled eggs every day for snacks so I need to start buying more eggs every week! They were cheaper at Save A Lot than at Aldi last week so I got them at Save A Lot again this week but when I got to Aldi, their price had dropped to $1.19/dozen so I could have saved a little bit more. I wish they would advertise all of their sale prices in their flyer!
- Save A Lot had a lot of meat on clearance for 50% off. I would have gotten more frozen turkey but I wasn't sure how much would fit in the freezer. Also, it's Jenni-O turkey (even though it doesn't look like it is) and I didn't have any coupons for that brand with me but I'm going to look at my stash of unclipped coupons to see if I find some. If so, I might go back tomorrow to see if I can get more deals.
- I had one more $0.75/1 coupon for the Butterball smoked sausage from a magazine insert and Save A Lot doesn't always have that sausage so when I see it and I happen to have a coupon, I buy it. It doesn't take a lot of room in the freezer, is very versatile in recipes, and cheap!
- 4 dozens large eggs (Save A Lot) @ $1.29 each = $5.16
- 1 container of Buddig Premium Black Forest Ham (Save A Lot) @ $2.49
- 1 Butterball Smoked Turkey Sausage (Save A Lot) @ $1.99, minus $0.75/1 insert manufacturer coupon = $1.24
- 1 pork and bacon sausage roll (Save A Lot) @ $1.19
- (2) 20 oz packages of ground turkey (Save A Lot) on 50% clearance at $1.89 each = $3.78
- (1) 0.29 lb package of beef bottom round steak (Save A Lot) on 50% clearance @ $1.89
- 1 box of vanilla wafers (Save A Lot) @ $1.29
- 2 packages of Austin peanut butter crackers (Save A Lot) @ $1.00 each = $2.00
- 1 box vanilla wafers (Dollar Tree) @ $1.00 but FREE after remainder of Amex $200 Statement Credit
- 1 bag tortilla chips (Aldi) @ $1.19
- 1 jar hazelnut chocolate spread (Save A Lot) @ $1.99