Following up on last week’s theme of Food Shopping & Menu Planning, here’s how we shook out.
Total supermarket spend last week: $128.98
There were a number of sale items last week on frozen foods, mainly for the kids that will tide us over for the next week.
This morning I did the supermarket shopping for the coming week. Because a number of the items purchased last week are still stocked in the freezer, my spend was only $79.21. I’m not 100% confident it will get us through the entire week – but I’m going to try!
Unfortunately I didn’t have any coupons and had to rely completely on my store club-card …which is better than nothing but not fantastic.
Deals & Tips in the cart:
- 10lb bag of potatoes for $4.99 (v. the 5lb bag for $2.99)
- Whole chicken for roasting $.99/lb. so less than $5.00
- Grapes $2.99 for 2lbs. v. $2.49/lb. sitting one display over
- Hebrew National Hot Dogs 3/$8.00 (only brand my kids will eat… normally these are $5/pack) Sadly, the sale price on these used to be 2/$5
Yesterday was the monthly Costco run totaling $202.49. That will add another $50 to the weekly average. If it wasn’t on the essential list, it wasn’t purchased. Mostly this was cereal, juice, pasta, crackers, frozen foods. This may stretch a little further, but we’ll see.
I have quite a bit of chicken so I’ll be looking for chicken recipes. I’ll roast a chicken this evening and make another dish for later in the week. I’m not sure I can four meals for four from one chicken like Almost Frugal does, but I can try!
Any tips or advice on how we could save more on our grocery bill? Specifically, I’d love to save on fruits and veggies without having to drive an extreme distance. I don’t think the local supermarket has the best deals, but I’m not convinced the farmer’s markets or other places will do much better.