Wednesday is my main shopping day. My official 2017 weekly grocery budget is $100/wk for 4 people (2 adults, 2 teens)... through August and then it'll drop to $75.00/wk for 3 people (2 adults, 1 teen) as my daughter will have moved out.
This week, I found chicken breasts and cherry turnovers on clearance. I also stocked up on grape jelly and sugar free flavored creamer. Prices were great on berries so I bought a lot. Lastly, I splurged on a nice piece of seasoning salmon fillets.
Let's see how I did!
Budget for the week: $100
Total OOP: $80.91
Rebates expected: $0.00
Total spent after rebates: $80.91
Money left in budget: $19.09
Money left in budget for the month ($100 = 4 weeks @ $100): $201.64
Baking Supplies: $0.00 OOP
- None needed
Beverages: $3.18 OOP
- Aldi was out of those the last couple of weeks so I grabbed 2 containers when they were back in stock this week. I use it in my plain daily coffee to make it a little more flavorful :)
- 2 canisters sugar free French Vanilla creamer (Aldi) @ $1.59 each = $3.18
Breads: $7.69 OOP
- Woah, I bought way too much bread this week!
- I guess the whole wheat buns were just on temporary price reduction last week, instead of "new low price" as the tag had said, because they were back up to $1.29 this week :( Also, I didn't pay attention and grabbed a bag of hot dog buns by mistake instead of hamburger buns. The new sign claims that they're a "seasonal item", which I hope isn't true because I've been buying them every week!
- 1 loaf white bread (Aldi) @ $0.83
- 1 package whole wheat hot dog buns (Aldi) @ $1.29
- 1 package whole wheat hamburger buns (Aldi) @ $1.29
- 1 package Fit & Active flat bread (Aldi) @ $2.29
- 1 package whole wheat tortillas (Aldi) @ $1.99
- None needed
Dairy: $5.51 OOP
- It's still hard to judge how much milk we go through every week, especially since my daughter is moving away on Saturday and she's our milk lover. So I grabbed just half a gallon since it was on sale, but I got whole milk, so I plan on stretching it with water.
- I wanted to stock up on the string cheese since it's 50 cents cheaper than it's been in the past, but it takes on a weird taste and consistency if it stays in the fridge too long, so I limited myself to just 1 package. I give one stick to Greg in his lunchbox every day and will suggest to Youngest Son that he takes one too because I think he should eat more dairy.
- 1 half gallon whole milk (CVS), on sale @ $1.99 but FREE thanks to CVS gift card earned via Amex Rewards and also received $0.25 back from Ibotta so MONEYMAKER.
- 6 cups yogurt (Aldi) @ $0.33 each = $1.98
- 1 package American cheese slices (Aldi) @ $1.49
- 1 package light string cheese (Aldi) @ $2.29
- The grape jelly was finally in stock, yay! I bought 6 jars since Greg has PBJs every day.
- I keep on buying light mayo even though I already have several containers of it in the pantry, so I need to stop!
- I've stopped feeling guilty for preferring the already made taco seasoning mix ever since I've realized that Aldi sells a lower sodium version of it :)
- 1 jar light mayo (Aldi) @ $1.89
- 6 jars grape jelly (Aldi) @ $1.29 each = $7.74
- 1 jar salsa (Aldi) @ $1.49
- 2 envelopes reduced sodium taco seasoning (Aldi) @ $0.35 each = $0.70
- I can't recall another year when the berries were that cheap for so long without having to use discounts and coupons so I stocked up again. I'm loving my daily fruit salads made with those and my homemade pineapples :)
- I love spinach and actually my family is more amenable to eating it in sandwiches and salads than Romaine lettuce so now I buy 2 bags. I'll probably make spinach strawberry salad this week too.
- I'm going to make zesty refrigerator pickles with the cucumbers and some serrano peppers that I froze so I was happy to find the cukes on sale this week at $0.29 each.
- I buy the organic black beans at Aldi since they don't have no salt black beans. Those have much less sodium than the regular kind. I don't like paying more for less, though, LOL. I really should just cook dry black beans in the pressure cooker but convenience wins here.
- 4 lbs strawberries (Aldi) @ $1.29/lb = $3.87
- 4 pints blueberries (Aldi) @ $1.29 each = $5.16
- 3 cucumbers (Aldi), on sale @ $0.29 each = $0.87
- 2 cans organic black beans (Aldi) @ $0.89 each = $1.78
- 2.70 lbs bananas @ $0.44/lb (Aldi) = $1.19
- 2 bags spinach (Aldi) @ $1.49 each = $2.98
- I can't resist good prices on chicken breasts so I bought a family pack even though I have a few packages in the freezer already. We love chicken.
- Next time Aldi has the turkey andouille sausages, I'm going to stock up because they were cheaper and healthier than the chicken sausages. This week, I bought the spinach and feta flavor for a change.
- I splurged on salmon. Not only did I buy the more expensive already seasoned version (because they were out of the plain fillets in smaller packages) but I bought a larger package too because the cut was nicer (thick throughout). I hope it's good!
- The lunch meat continues to be priced $.80 cheaper than usual so I bought 2 more packages for my freezer.
- The kids have decided that they prefer popcorn chicken to chicken nuggets. It's only 20 cents more expensive than the nuggets so I indulged them.
- 4.16 lbs split chicken breasts (Aldi), on clearance @ $4.45
- 1 package spinach feta chicken sausages (Aldi) @ $2.99
- 1 lb each Black Forest turkey and ham (Aldi) @ $2.99 each = $5.98
- 1 bag popcorn chicken (Aldi) @ $3.99
- 1 6-ct corn dogs (Aldi) @ $2.19
- 1.31 lbs mediterranean herb salmon (Aldi) @ $11.78
Snacks: $5.48 OOP and got $3.49 back in Register Rewards
- The candy and mint came out of this week's budget but gave me Register Rewards that I will redeem on grocery items next week.
- The turnovers weren't needed but for $1.99 after the $1.00 discount sticker, it'll save me from heating up the oven to bake the quick bread that I had planned on baking :)
- 4-ct cherry turnovers (Aldi), on sale @ $1.99
- 1 package Trolli sour worms (Walgreens), on sale @ $1.50 and received a $1.50 Register Rewards
- 1 container Mentos NowMints (Walgreens), on sale @ $1.99 and received a $1.99 Register Rewards
So far this year, I have spent:
January - $292.05
February - $248.17
March - $196.87
April - $417.07
May - $319.07
June - $292.90
July - $371.92
August so far... $198.36
July - $371.92
August so far... $198.36
Did you get any great deals at the grocery store this week? Please link up or share your finds in the comments :)