Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Grocery Shopping This Week


Wednesday is my main shopping day. My official 2015 weekly grocery budget is $100/wk for 4 people (2 adults, 2 teens) but I've been trying to stick to a $50/wk budget since February. 

However, the changing dietary needs of my family and also having to stock up on some items meant that I had to spend more than $50 this week.

Let's see how I did!

Budget for the week: $100.00

Total OOP: $84.70
Rebates expected: $1.09
Total spent after rebates: $83.61
Money left in budget: $16.39


Baking Supplies: $0.00 OOP

  • 5 lbs Gold Medal AP flour (Walgreens) @ $3.39, minus $1.40 store coupon = $1.99, minus $1.99 Register Rewards from previous purchase = FREE

Beverages: $6.73 OOP


  1. We were under boil water alert for another 24 hours and I decided to also start stocking up for hurricane season.
  2. If you want to know how I unexpectedly got my fountain drink for free at Racetrac, come back later on tonight and read my "Frugal Failures and Successes" post!
  • 6 gallons Publix brand spring water (Publix), @ $0.79 each = $4.74
  • 24 ct bottled water (Aldi) @ $1.99
  • 32 oz  caffeine free Diet Coke (Racetrac), @ $1.19 minus store coupon = FREE
  • 1 small Icee (Target), FREE with REDcard promo this week

Breads/Baked Goods: $2.39 OOP
  1. The buns were marked at $0.89 on the shelf but rang for $0.50!  I would have bought more but I don't have room in the freezer :(
  2. Speaking of freezing... I already have a lot of Flatout bread in my freezer, but I couldn't pass up the great combination of a BOGO sale with 2 high value coupons so I bought the spinach wraps, almost for free!  They'll go in the freezer if my daughter doesn't want to use them.
  • 2 loaves white bread (Aldi) @ $0.85 each = $1.70
  • 8-ct hamburger buns (Aldi), on unadvertised promotion @ $0.50
  • 2 packages FlatOut Light Spinach wraps (Publix), on BOGO sale @ $3.19, minus (2) $1.50/1 printable manufacturer coupons = $0.19


 Cereals: $2.08 OOP
  1. I made sure that the Grape Nuts box that I picked at Target had a $0.75/1 coupon printed on the inside (not all did!)
  • 2 boxes Cocoa Puffs (CVS) on sale @ $2.00 each, minus $1.00/1 and $0.75/1 printable manufacturer coupons = $2.25, minus $2.00 ECB from previous trip = $0.25 but FREE after paying with gift card earned via our American Express Rewards program
  • 1 box Grape Nuts (Target) @ $2.94, minus $0.75/1 coupon from previous box, minus 5% REDcard discount = $2.08

Dairy: $14.22 OOP and got $2.00 in ExtraCare Bucks
  1. I didn't need milk this week since I have some in the freezer, but since there was a $1.00 ECB on each bottle and I had coupons as well, I bought 2 gallons and I froze 1 and kept one in the fridge for later on this week.
  2. The string cheese is for my daughter.
  • 2 gallons T.G. Lee DairyPure whole milk (CVS) @ $3.79 each, minus (2) $1.00/1 printable manufacturer coupons = $5.58 but FREE after paying with gift card earned via our American Express Rewards program, and received $2.00 in ExtraCare Bucks.
  • 14 cups of Fit & Active yogurt (Aldi) @ $0.39 each = $5.46
  • 1 lb unsalted butter (Aldi) @ $2.89
  • 8 oz mozzarella cheese (Aldi) @ $1.59
  • 1 pack 12-ct string cheese (Aldi) @ $2.49
  • 12 oz American cheese slices (Aldi) @ $1.79

Dry/Pantry/Freezer Goods: $9.37 OOP and received 2,000 Balance Reward points
  1. I'm glad I did bring my coupon organizer into Save A Lot even though I only intended to buy grapes, because I had forgotten that they had a promotion on Kraft barbecue sauce and I had coupons for them too!
  2. The price on pasta wasn't great but I never seem to have coupons to stack with the BOGO sales on pasta at Publix anymore and I was out of thin spaghetti.
  3. I only bought the can of chicken broth because I had a store offer whereby I got 2,000 Balance Reward points with any purchase today, provided that I didn't use any Register Rewards.  Since I did have a Register Rewards to redeem on my other Walgreens purchase, I made a 2nd purchase for something low priced that I would actually use, hence the low sodium broth.
  4. The pinto beans ' price was just lowered from $3.69 and since my homemade non-refried beans were delicious, I decided to splurge on a 4-lb bag.
  • 4 lbs dry pinto beans (Aldi), @ $2.89
  • 2 small cans sliced black olives (Aldi), on promo @ $0.59 each = $1.18
  • 1 can Butterball low sodium chicken broth (Walgreens) @ $1.09, minus $0.59/1 store coupon  = $0.50 and received 2,000 Balance Reward points
  • 4 bottles Kraft barbecue sauce (Save A Lot), on sale @ $0.79 each, minus (4) $0.55/1 printable manufacturer coupons = $0.96 ($0.24 each)
  • 4 1-lb boxes Market Pantry thin spaghetti (Target), $1.24 each, minus $1.24 from "Buy 3, Get 1 Free" promo, minus $1.00 off $3.00 Market Pantry store coupon, minus 5% Cartwheel, minus 5% REDcard discount = $2.45 ($0.61 each)
  • 38 oz bottle ketchup (Aldi) @ $1.39
Produce/Juice: $17.68
  1. I was hoping that Driscoll's raspberries would still be $1.99 at Target this week, but they didn't have any at all and the strawberries had gone up to $2.99. 
  2. I wasn't going to buy oranges but since they were Navels (my favorite!) and on sale at Aldi, I added them to my cart.
  3. Grapes were cheaper than at Aldi, once again.  I might go back and get more later on this weekend if Greg and I drive to Clermont.  The kids love grapes.
  4. Thanks to I Heart Publix for the heads-up on the unadvertised BOGO sale on apples!
  5. The Romaine hearts are still priced at $2.19 on the shelf but ring at $1.99. It's been like this for months and I'm not saying anything, lol.
  • 4 quarts Driscoll's strawberries (Target) @ $2.99 each, minus 5% Cartwheel, minus (4) $1.00/1 printable manufacturer coupons from Driscoll's Consumer Panel, minus 5% REDcard discount, minus $5.00 Target gift card from a previous trip = $1.99 ($0.50 each)
  • 3 lbs navel oranges (Aldi) @ $1.99
  • 2 3-lb bags Red Delicious apples (Publix), on BOGO sale @ $3.99
  • 3 Romaine hearts (Aldi) @ $1.99
  • 4.45 lbs white grapes (Save A Lot) @ $0.99/lb = $4.41
  • 2.45 lbs bananas (Aldi) @ $0.44/lb = $1.08 and got $0.25 from CheckOut 51 = $0.83
  • 1 lb asparagus (Aldi) @ $1.49
  • 2 lbs sweet onions (Aldi) @ $0.99


Proteins: $23.73 OOP and received 20 Balance Reward points
  1. I wanted to get eggs at CVS since they are on sale for $1.99 a dozen this week, but my store was out of them so I got a raincheck and bought them at Aldi (next best price).
  2. I planned on stocking on ground beef at Aldi since their 5-lb chub was advertised this week for $2.99, but Save A Lot beat them by 4 cents and I earned Discover Rewards on my purchase since I always pay with Discover at Save A Lot.
  3. I wish I had had (2) coupons to stack with the BOGO sale on the Smithfield ham, but I didn't get (free) double inserts from the library this week :(
  • 2 hot dogs with condiments (Racetrac), FREE with survey reward codes.
  • 1 turkey & Swiss sandwich (Racetrac), FREE with store coupon from Sodapalooza cup.
  • 2 dozens large eggs (Aldi) @ $2.89 each = $5.78
  • (2) 20 oz packages JustBARE chicken drumsticks (Target) @ $2.99 each, minus (2) $2.00/1 printable manufacturer coupons from e-newsletter, minus 5% REDcard discount = $1.88 ($0.94 each)
  • (2) slices Smithfield Ham (Publix), on BOGO sale @ $3.59, minus $0.75/1 insert manufacturer coupon = $2.84 ($1.42 each)
  • 5 lbs 73% ground beef (Save A Lot) @ $12.95 ($2.59/lb)
  • 1 can Bumble Bee chunk light tuna (Walgreens) @ $1.19, minus $0.40 store coupon, minus $0.51 Register Rewards from previous purchase = $0.28 and received 20 Balance Rewards points

Snacks: $8.50 OOP and will receive $1.09 from SavingStar

  1. Aldi just lowered the price of their tortilla chips from $1.19 to $0.79 so I added a bag to my cart.  I'll probably make taco salad for dinner next week.
  2. Greg didn't have a preference regarding the $3.99 protein bars vs. the $1.99 protein bars, so I got the cheapest ones, of course!
  • 1 bag tortilla chips (Aldi), on promo @ $0.79
  • 1 box Swiss rolls (Aldi), @ $0.99
  • 1 box Fit & Active Vitality cereal bars (Aldi) @ $1.79
  • 1 box Millville protein bars (Aldi) @ $1.99
  • 2 packs Peanut Butter crackers (Aldi) @ $0.89 each = $1.78
  • 1 bar Hershey's chocolate (Publix) @ $1.09 plus tax = $1.16 and will receive $1.09 from SavingStar

1 comment:

  1. Holy Moly. You did really well with this week's grocery shop. I can see where some of your food prices are sometimes like ours, but you can find the sales, and coupons, and rebates, and you use up your reward points judiciously. And when you find free food, well you never disappoint.

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