I hadn’t originally planned on visiting BJs this week, but they oh-so-nicely sent a $10/$100 coupon for use over the holiday weekend and as I had planned on stopping in sometime this month…I thought I wouldn’t mind saving 10% on my groceries! I actually did fairly well there, and at other stores, using coupons and taking advantage of some rebates available on savings apps. Uh, you’ll notice that coffee was the theme this week. We should have enough coffee on hand to last us through September, I think. Anyway, on to what we spent on groceries this week.
As a reminder, we are a household of two adults, no children. My grocery budget does include toiletries and similar household items, but not pet supplies, which have their own budget. My goal is to stay at or under (preferably under) $400, and I like to shoot for an average of $60/week at “regular” grocery stores so I have a decent amount to spend at a monthly or so stock up when I visit BJs (warehouse store). This number feels pretty generous to me and I am more motivated to cook at home when there is a little more wiggle room in my budget. When I tried to keep a much tighter grocery budget, we ended up eating out a lot and that was just frustrating to me. I’m posting all this because I love to read and/or watch grocery hauls from others and I am sometimes guilty of the comparison game, where I never end out on top. But everyone has different needs and resources and, in the end, this is what works for us!
This month I am carrying over a $70 deficit from overspending in June, so my budget is actually $329.29.
- Crispy rice cereal, 1 box @ $1.39
- Strawberries, 2lbs @ $1.19/lb
- Dried oregano, 1 jar @ $.99
- Blueberries, 1 pt @ $.99
- Cherries, 1lbs @ $1.79/lb
- Half and half, 1 qt @ $1.89
- Cucumbers, 1lb @ $1.99
- Frozen corn, 1lb @ $.99
- Frozen peas, 1lb @ $.99
Aldi, 7/2/16 (cont.)
- Sprouted wheat bread, 1 loaf @ $2.99
- Cheese curls, 1 bag @ $.99
- Corn chips, 1 bag @ $.79
- Tortilla chips, 1 bag @ $1.19
- Wavy potato chips, 1 bag @ $1.49
- Hamburger buns, 8 @ $.69
- Hotdog buns, 8 @ $.69
Lots of snacks in anticipation of the holiday weekend and for some related work events. The Crispy Rice cereal is a very good substitute for Rice Crispies; we have been similarly pleased with the Aldi brand of Shredded Wheat and Corn Chex. I was not as excited about their brand of Cheerios. Three out of four ain’t bad! 😉 I continue to stock up on the frozen corn and peas as I’ll use them a lot in soups, stews and other dishes in the fall. I wanted to try the sprouted bread as I really like Ezekial bread but it is crazy expensive. I wondered if this would be a reasonable sub — it’s good, but not exactly what I’m looking for. The cherries looked pretty good so I picked up a couple of pounds, as well as some strawberries and blueberries for topping my breakfast granola.
- Sliced almonds, 2lbs @ $12.49
- Cherub grape tomatoes, 24oz @ $4.49
- Living basil plant, 1 @ $2.99
- Bananas, 3lbs @ $1.39
- Shaving gel, 3pk @ $6.49 minus $3.00 in coupons, so $3.49
- Spinach, 20oz @ $3.99
BJs, 7/4/16 (cont.)
- Crumbled gorgonzola, 14 oz @ $5.79 minus $1.25 coupon, so $4.54
- Ground lean turkey, 4lbs @ $9.99
- Ground lean beef, 4lbs @ $14.99
- Discos, 2 20ct pks @ $4.99
- Starbucks coffee 2 40oz bags @ $19.99/ea minus $5 coupon/ea so $14.99
- Sharp cheddar cheese, 2lbs @ $5.79
Total: $89.64 (before coupon total was $113.47)
I was super please with myself on combining coupons and savings offers here. I know that there are folks out there for whom this kind of thing is normal. It’s not for me and for a variety of reasons I don’t use a ton of coupons (mostly related to mental health, actually) but every so often I manage it. I really wanted to stock up on the coffee since I had two of the $5 off coupons to use; I was hoping to use a $2/2 manufacturers coupon, too, but Target didn’t accept the one I had for $4/3 because that deal included a “free” coffee, so I used the coupon there instead, planning to print another before my BJs trip. Except it had been pulled from the site. Oh well. It’s still a really good price for good coffee. I also grabbed some ground meat and mentally have applied that $10 off store coupon to those items, although it really just came of the end total. I was also pleased to get the shaving gel for a little more than a dollar. We’ll use the almonds to make granola and the cheese all over the place. The basil and tomatoes have already been put to use in a 4th of July salad and the discos were on a special price. Since I had such good luck making the chicken empanadas last week, I went ahead and picked up another pack. They live in the freezer and definitely see more empanadas in my future.
- Sweet corn, 10 ears @ 5/$1.00
- Cherries, 4.28lbs @ $1.99/lb
- Sargento sliced cheese, 2 @ 2/$5.00 minus $1.30 coupons, so $3.70
- Ritz crackers, 2 @ $3.49
- Rice vinegar (not pictured, 12oz @ $1.99 minus $.50 coupon, so $1.49
I wanted the cheese for our burgers and thought I had a matching rebate offer which would have brought the price down even further, but it was for shredded cheese. I did have a Checkout 51 rebate on the Ritz crackers for $2.50, so that is nice. I don’t really take that out of the grocery budget because I have to get to a certain point before that money is even available AND I will probably use it for online hobby purchases, not groceries. But it is still something worth noting here, I guess. As you will see, between here and Target, I’m set for crackers for quite a while, too. The cherries were/are delicious.
- Starbucks coffee, 3 12oz bags @ $7.99/ea BUT B2G1 offer + $2 off two coupon, so $4.66/ea
- Nathan’s beef franks, 14oz @ $4.89 minus 50% off Cartwheel deal, so $2.44
- Herdez salsa, 1 jar @ $2.09 minus 30% off Cartwheel deal, so $1.46
- Triscuits, 2 boxes @ $5.00 minus 40% off Cartwheel deal, so $3.00
- Outshine yogurt bars, 1 box @ $3.00
- Pirates booty (not pictured), 10oz bag @ $5.99 minus 25% off Cartwheel deal + $.75 off coupon, so $3.74
I don’t live close to a Super Target and mine did not have the Chobani Meze dips available; I was hoping to pick one up to try it. Combined with a coupon, Cartwheel and an Ibotta rebate it would have been free. But. I don’t REALLY need any dips and we have plenty of snack food on hand…so we survived without it. I am please with my coffee buy — we’re heading to a family vacation later this summer and it’s easier to take these smaller bags for use during that time. And the price per ounce is almost equal to that at BJs with the $5 off coupon. We go through coffee like it’s water, so this will be put to good use and won’t linger in the pantry. The Triscuits ALSO qualified for the Checkout 51 rebate of $2.50 and I can actually claim that rebate 5 times, although I think I have enough crackers on hand for now. I also have a rebate from Saving Star that the Outshine bars went toward — all told I am pretty pleased with my use of the Cartwheel app, coupons and rebate apps. I can’t do this all the time as I would go crazy and also I’d end up with a pantry full of crackers and nothing else…but it is nice to put coupons to work when I can.
- Eggs, 2 dozen @ $.99/ea
Not much to say here, except this is the best price on eggs right now and we needed them.
Weekly Total: $163.03
Remaining Budget: $166.26
Rebates this week (combination of Ibotta, Checkout 51 and Savings Star): $10.75
Kind of a large outlay at the beginning of the month, but I don’t expect to do another large trip to BJs this month and mostly plan to stick to fresh fruit, veggies and dairy for the rest of the month. Our BJs membership expires this month and I am debating renewing it. I do get a discount on the membership as part of being a city employee and while not everything there is a good deal, the deals that I take advantage of are ones I use regularly. What I will probably do is let it run out and hold off on renewing for a month or so. We shall see. Whatever happens we will certainly not starve. 🙂