My official 2016 weekly grocery budget is $100/wk for 4 people (2 adults, 2 teens) but I really aim to spend $50 or less. This month I'll only be feeding 3 people total (2 adults and 1 teen) since my daughter is in California.
Greg and our son have been away for 2 weeks but are coming home tonight so I needed to make sure there was fresh fruit, milk and bread in the house. Also, this means I'll have to start cooking again. Ugh, I really didn't miss that at all. I haven't prepped a menu but it's on my list of to-do's. We are fully stocked with meats and the pantry is pretty stocked too. The garden is producing tomatoes and peppers, and I still have lettuce in the fridge. I also have quite a bit of frozen vegetables.
Let's see how I did!
Budget for the week: $100.00
Total OOP: $37.43
Rebates expected: $0.18
Total spent after rebates: $37.25
Money left in budget: $62.75
Baking Supplies: $3.58 OOP
- 2 bags mini chocolate chips (Aldi) @ $1.79 each = $3.58
Beverages: $0.00 OOP
- None needed
Breads/Baked Goods: $3.92 OOP
- The French bread was a complete splurge! I could have baked my own for much cheaper, but I didn't feel like firing up the oven today and I really wanted some yummy bread. It doesn't have a real crust, but I prefer my crusts pretty soft usually so that works for me.
- It's July 4th weekend so I bought hamburger AND hot dog buns because that's a traditional thing to cook this weekend: hot dogs and hamburgers!
- 1 loaf French bread (Aldi) @ $1.69
- 1 bag 8 hot dog buns (Aldi) @ $0.69
- 1 bag 8 hamburger buns (Aldi) @ $0.69
- 1 loaf white bread (Aldi) @ $0.85
- The price wasn't great and I wasn't able to order $1.00/1 coupons from Kellogg's Family Rewards this morning since their site was down, but I had a $10 ECB that I needed to redeem so I decided to stock up on Special K. Two boxes will be for my daughter (the Red Berries kind) and the Vanilla Almond will be for me. Each box had a chance to win a Fitbit, but I never seem to win anything with Kellogg's in-box prizes. I wouldn't use a Fitbit anyway :)
- 4 boxes Special K (CVS), on sale @ $2.50 each, minus (2) $1.00/2 printable coupons from Kellogg's weekly email and $1.00/3 digital store coupon uploaded to my CVS app = $7.00 but FREE after redemption of ECBs and CVS gift card earned from American Express Rewards, and I will earn 320 KFR points too.
Dairy: $11.47 OOP
- I used up the UHT milk that we had while Greg was gone so I wanted to get some more, both for hurricane supplies and also for regular back-up situations. It doesn't expire until May 2017.
- The Brie and Specialty cheese were complete splurges for me. I love cheese! I have to avert my eyes when I walk by the Publix imported cheese case and it's a darn good thing we don't have a Trader Joe's in my neck of the woods because my grocery expenses would be much higher!
- 1 gallon whole milk (CVS), on sale @ $2.79 but FREE with CVS gift card earned from American Express Rewards.
- 4 one-liter bricks of 2% UHT milk (Dollar Tree) @ $1.00 each = $4.00
- 1 package American cheese slices (Aldi), on sale @ $1.49
- 1 round Brie (Aldi) @ $2.99
- 1 half round Roasted Garlic with Tomato and Basil cheese (Aldi) @ $2.99
- The rice wasn't on sale any more but at $0.29 a box after coupon and rebate, I felt it was a good use of my Publix gift card.
- I didn't need the mustard but hey, it was free. It won't go bad so I bought it.
- 1 box Minute Multi-Grain Medley instant rice (Publix) @ $2.29, minus $1.00 blinkie coupon = $1.29 but FREE with Publix gift card won with the NCAA 2017 IWG, and redeemed a $1.00 rebate on Checkout 51 so MONEY MAKER.
- 1 jar Colman's mustard (Publix), on sale @ $1.50, minus $0.75/1 printable manufacturer coupon = $0.75 but FREE with Publix gift card won with the NCAA 2017 IWG and redeemed a $0.75 rebate on Ibotta so MONEY MAKER.
- I really went crazy with fruit this week. This is my favorite time of the year when all this fruit is available: berries, cherries, melons, pears, peaches, plums (I didn't buy any plums but I really wanted some). Somehow I forgot that I also have eight pineapples that should be ready to be harvested pretty darn soon! And I also had a 3-lb bag of apples in the fridge!
- The minced garlic isn't always in stock at Dollar Tree so when I see it, I buy a couple of jars. It might be cheaper to buy it in a large jar at Walmart, but I don't have room in my fridge for a large jar!
- 3 ears sweet corn (Publix), on sale @ $0.20 each = $0.60 but FREE with Publix gift card won with the NCAA 2017 IWG, and redeemed a $0.25 rebate from Ibotta so MONEY MAKER.
- 2.41 lbs red grapes (Publix), on sale @ $1.49/lb = $3.59 but FREE with Publix gift card won with the NCAA 2017 IWG
- 2.33 lbs cherries (Publix), on sale @ $1.99/lb = $4.64 but FREE with Publix gift card won with the NCAA 2017 IWG
- 1.49 lbs bananas (Publix) @ $0.59/lb = $0.88 but FREE with Publix gift card won with the NCAA 2017 IWG, and submitted for the 20% Healthy Offer discount on SavingStar, which will net me $0.18 so MONEY MAKER.
- 1 cantaloupe (Aldi), on sale @ $1.29
- 2 lbs Anjou pears (Aldi), @ $2.49
- 2 lbs peaches (Aldi) @ $1.99
- 2 lbs strawberries (Aldi), on sale @ $1.19/lb = $2.38
- 8 oz blueberries (Aldi), on sale @ $0.99
- 2 jars minced garlic (Dollar Tree), @ $1.00 each = $2.00
- My son is coming home and I thought that he would like corn dogs for his lunches. He can microwave them on his own and it'll be a nice change from sandwiches.
- I couldn't pass up $0.02 a package hot dogs!
- All the eggs were free and I was down to my last half dozen.
- I like to stock up on Butterball smoked turkey sausage when Save A Lot has it in stock and I have coupons for it because I can never get it cheaper than there. Also, those are pretty easy to cram in the freezer even when I think I'm completely out of space!
- 2 boxes State Fair corn dogs (Publix), on BOGO sale @ $3.49 but FREE with Publix gift card won with the NCAA 2017 IWG
- 2 packages Bar S franks (Publix), on BOGO sale @ $1.59, minus $0.55/2 printable manufacturer coupon, minus $1.00/2 store coupon = $0.04 but FREE with Publix gift card won with the NCAA 2017 IWG
- 2 dozens large eggs (CVS), on sale @ $1.49 each but FREE after redemption of ECBs and CVS gift card earned from American Express Rewards
- 1 dozen large eggs (Save A Lot), @ $1.29 but redeemed a store coupon for a free dozen eggs and store manager refunded me $0.11 too much so MONEY MAKER
- 2 packages Butterball Smoked Turkey Sausage (Save A Lot), @ $1.99 each, minus (2) $0.55/1 printable manufacturer coupons = $2.88
- My son is back so I got the regular snacks that I stock for him.
- But I also got chocolate for me :)
- I thought that the B&J mini ice cream tub might be free after digital coupon again, but I should have double-checked the wording on the coupon since there was a size requirement. Oh well, it'll be a nice surprise for my son this weekend.
- Aldi didn't have any of the regular $1.99 Millville protein bars and there wasn't a spot for them on the shelf either. I really hope they didn't discontinue them as Greg really likes them for a daily snack. If I see them again, I think I'll stock up in advance because it's not the only time that we've had to do without. They sell other kinds of protein bars, but they're more expensive.
- 1 Ben & Jerry's mini ice cream tub (Publix), on sale @ $1.00 each
- 2 packages peanut butter crackers (Aldi), @ $0.89 each = $1.78
- 1 bag wavy potato chips (Aldi) @ $1.49
- 1 box Swiss rolls (Aldi) @ $1.29
- 1 white coconut chocolate bar (Aldi) @ $1.99
Did you get any great deals at the grocery store this week? Please link up or share your finds in the comments :)