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
- We were under boil water alert for another 24 hours and I decided to also start stocking up for hurricane season.
- 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
- 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 :(
- 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
- 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
- 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.
- 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
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Thanks to I Heart Publix for the heads-up on the unadvertised BOGO sale on apples!
- 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
- 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).
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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