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 week I was able to keep my OOP down because I used Swagbucks gift cards at Walmart and my CVS gift card (from our Amex Rewards program) at CVS. I still went a bit over my goal of $50 but I feel that I got a great deal of good food for that amount, and I'm really satisfied with the balance of healthy foods and snacks :)
Let's see how I did!
Budget for the week: $100.00
Total OOP: $56.75
Rebates expected: $0.00
Total spent after rebates: $56.75
Money left in budget: $43.25
Baking Supplies: $1.00 OOP
- I saw one last can of cherry filling at Dollar Tree to I grabbed it since it'd been months since I'd last seen any.
- I stocked up on whole wheat flour to make Grape Nuts for Greg and probably some bread too.
- 1 can cherry pie filling (Dollar Tree) @ $1.00
- (4) 5-lb bags King Arthur Flour whole wheat flour (Walmart) @ $4.12 each, minus (4) $1.50/1 printable manufacturer coupons = $10.48 but FREE thanks to my Swagbucks gift cards.
Beverages: $3.18 OOP
- I didn't need the tea because I still have several boxes at home, but I really liked the peach tea in the sampler boxes that I just finished and the price was right.
- 1 jar instant decaf coffee (Aldi) @ $1.99
- 2 boxes Celestial Seasonings tea (Publix), on BOGO @ $3.19, minus (2) $1.00/1 printable manufacturer coupons = $1.19
Breads/Baked Goods: $1.60 OOP
- 1 loaf French Bread (Walmart) on 50% clearance @ $0.50 but FREE thanks to my Swagbucks gift cards and received $0.10 back from MobiSave so MONEYMAKER.
- 2 loaves white bread (Aldi) @ $0.85 each = $1.70
- None needed
Dairy: $0.34 OOP
- 1 canister GoVeggie lactose free Parmesan (Publix) @ $5.49 minus $5.49 printable manufacturer coupon so FREE and received $1.00 back from MobiSave and $1.00 back from Ibotta so MONEYMAKER.
- 6 cups Fit & Active yogurt (Aldi) @ $0.39 each = $2.34
- I stocked up on a few spices that I needed or through I needed: I actually already had a container of cayenne pepper at home!
- I should have just bought the seasoned salt at Dollar Tree because I "spent" $2.48 of my gift card money for it at Walmart :(
- I wanted to try the hazelnut syrup so I bought a bottle. So far, I've tried it once and I couldn't taste it, but perhaps I didn't put enough in my cup?!
- I didn't need the pasta but I can wrap some boxes for Middle Son at Christmas time and buying them at a good (but not great) price, allowed me to get a butternut squash almost for free since I got $2.00 off produce with the purchase of 4 boxes of Ronzoni pasta.
- 1 container cayenne pepper (Dollar Tree) @ $1.00
- 1 bottle hazelnut-flavored syrup (Dollar Tree) @ $1.00
- 1 container smoked paprika (Walmart) @ $3.94 but FREE thanks to my Swagbucks gift cards.
- 1 container seasoned salt (Walmart) @ $2.48 but FREE thanks to my Swagbucks gift cards.
- 4 boxes Ronzoni pasta (Publix), on BOGO @ $1.59 = $3.18
- 2 cans Bush's Beans Cocina Latina (Publix), on BOGO @ $1.69, minus $0.55/2 store coupon, minus $1.00/2 insert manufacturer coupon = $0.14
- Buying the half pecans from the produce section at Walmart was cheaper per ounce than buying the pecan chips from the baking section. I will process them in my food processor. Aldi carries the pecan chips too but I would have had to actually pay for them there!
- I had hoped to get $0.37 back from SavingStar on the avocado purchase at Walmart, but the Healthy Offer of the Week is only good off ONE purchase, apparently, so it got denied :(
- The pineapples were marked down for a quick sale. I'm going to dehydrate them. I will use them on my cereal this winter when berries are too expensive. I will also root both heads to grow more pineapples in my garden :)
- (4) 6-oz containers Driscoll's raspberries (Target), on sale @ $2.50 each, minus 20% Cartwheel, minus (4) $1.00/1 manufacturer coupons from Driscoll's Consumer Advisory Panel, minus $0.05 reusable bag credit = $3.95
- 2 avocados (Publix) @ $1.50 each = $3.00 minus $0.75/2 store coupon, minus $1.49 manufacturer coupon = $0.76 and received $0.60 back from SavingStar = $0.16
- 2 avocados (Walmart), on sale @ $0.99 each = $1.98, minus $1.49 coupon = $0.49, but FREE thanks to my Swagbucks gift cards.
- 1.88 lbs bananas (Walmart) @ $0.56/lb = $1.05 but FREE thanks to my Swagbucks gift cards and received $0.10 back from MobiSave so MONEYMAKER.
- 8 oz pecan halves (Walmart) @ $4.98 but FREE thanks to my Swagbucks gift cards.
- 4.05 lbs grapes (Save A Lot), on sale @ $0.99/lb = $4.01
- 2 mangoes (Save A Lot), on sale @ $0.50 each = $1.00
- 2 pineapples (Save A Lot), on clearance @ $0.99 each = $1.98
- 2.11 lbs bananas (Save A Lot), on clearance @ $0.29/lb = $0.61
- 2.76 lbs papaya (Save A Lot) @ $0.69/lb = $1.90
- 1.84 lbs butternut squash (Publix) @ $1.29/lb = $2.37, minus $2.00 store coupon = $0.37
- 1 cucumber (Aldi), on sale @ $0.29
- I hadn't bought salmon in a long time so I jumped at the chance to get it for free (and it was on sale too so bonus!)
- The herring fillets looked yummy to me so I decided to buy a couple of different cans to try them for lunch one day.
- I couldn't resist buying more chicken breasts on sale $ $0.99/lb!
- The 50% off pizzas made for easy, cheap and delicious dinners this week.
- 2 dozens large eggs (CVS), on sale @ $0.99 but FREE after redemption of ExtraCare Bucks from previous trip and received $0.10 back from MobiSave and $0.25 back from Ibotta so MONEYMAKER.
- 0.63 lbs deli cajun turkey (Walmart), on 50% clearance @ $2.20 but FREE thanks to my Swagbucks gift cards.
- 1 box Banquet turkey maple breakfast sausages (Walmart) @ $1.25 but FREE thanks to my Swagbucks gift cards.
- 1.66 lbs Atlantic salmon (Walmart), on clearance @ $9.26 but FREE thanks to my Swagbucks gift cards.
- 2 pepperoni pizzas (Save A Lot), on 50% clearance @ $5.99 total
- 3.52 lbs chicken breasts (Save A Lot), on sale $0.99/lb = $3.48
- 2 can herrings in fruity sauce (Aldi), on seasonal sale @ $1.69 each = $3.38
- 1 lb Black Forest turkey (Aldi) @ $3.49
Snacks: $15.15 OOP and received $1.50 back in ExtraCare Bucks
- I splurged by buying ice cream for Greg and our son, which was pricey even though it was on BOGO.
- Buying baked goods on 50% clearance allows me to save on electricity since I don't have to bake, and also water to clean the dishes and, more importantly, my own time and effort!
- Aldi still had a few bags of the Cantina tortilla chips (this is a special buy item so we might not see those for a while now). They were really delicious so I grabbed 6 bags this week.
- 1 bag Black Forest organic gummy worms (CVS), on sale @ $1.50 but FREE after applying ExtraCare Bucks from a previous trip and paying with CVS gift card earned via our American Express Rewards program, and earned $1.50 back in ECBs.
- 2 pints Häagen Dazs ice cream (Publix), on BOGO @ $4.97
- 1 container mini red velvet cupcakes (Walmart), on 50% clearance @ $1.49 but FREE thanks to my Swagbucks gift cards.
- 1 box sour cream donut holes (Walmart), on 50% clearance @ $1.49 but FREE thanks to my Swagbucks gift cards.
- 1 blueberry pie (Save A Lot), on 50% clearance @ $1.64
- 1 caramel nut danish (Save A Lot), on 50% clearance @ $1.50
- 6 bags tortilla chips (Save A Lot) @ $1.19 each = 7.14 and received $0.10 back from MobiSave = $7.04
Did you get any great deals at the grocery store this week? Please link up or share your finds in the comments :)