I visited Publix and Aldi for groceries this week. I thought I might stop at Save-A-Lot this weekend for the pork roast that is $.99/lb, but we have too much food in our freezer, so I need to focus on eating that down, as opposed to building it up. My total spent on groceries for both stores was $59.68.
I went to Publix last weekend. I wanted to take advantage of some coupon match-ups, both for food and household items. I bought:
- Sun-dried tomatoes, $2.99
- Perdue “Encrusted” frozen, pre-cooked chicken breasts, $6.99/BOGO -$1.50/2 coupon = $5.49
- Liberte yogurt, $1.79/ea – Publix BOGO coupon – $1.99 digital coupon -$.30 digital coupon = FREE + I actually made $.50.
- Kentucky Legend Ham Steaks, $3.29/BOGO – $1.50/1 Publix coupon = $1.79/2
- Yellow onions, $.99/lb for 1.81lbs = $1.79
- Sweet potatoes, $.99/lb for 2.39lbs = $2.37
- Bananas, $.65/lb for 2lbs = $1.30
- Ken’s Salad Dressing, $3.49/BOGO
- Lance Crackers, $2.33/ea – $1/2 coupon = $3.66
- Pasta, $1.59/BOGO – $1/2 coupon = $.59/2
I wasn’t expecting the both digital coupons for the liberte yogurt to come off the total — this may be the first time in my life I have achieved a “moneymaker” since I am a pretty lackadaisical couponer. The frozen chicken is in my stash of quick foods for busy times that is growing in my freezer. So are the ham steaks — they are a nice size for just the two of us, without a ton of leftovers. Aldi was out of onions and I have not loved the quality the last couple of times I’ve bought them there or at Save-A-Lot, so picked these up instead. I had planned on just grabbing a 3lb bag, but the loose onions were actually cheaper. I don’t need any pasta at all, but have been filling up a bag of items for the food pantry and these will be perfect for that. My total for food at Publix was $23.08. I also picked up six bottles of Pantene shampoo and conditioner for $8.14 which made me very happy, although that doesn’t come out of the grocery budget. That will last me over a year!
And I stopped by Aldi on my way home from class last night. I was primarily interested in stocking up on produce, as you can see. I bought:
- Nathan’s hot dogs, $2.89
- Hot dog bugs, $.83
- Organic black beans, 4 cans @ $.89/ea
- Enchilada sauce, $1.89
- Restaurant style tortilla chips, $1.59
- Round tortilla chips, $1.49
- English muffins, $.99
- Zucchini, $1.49/24oz
- Tri-color peppers, 2 packs @ $1.49/ea
- Garlic, $.99
- Avocados, 3 @ $.89/ea
- Red cherries, 2lbs @ $1.29/ea
- Pink Lady apples, 4lbs @ $4.29
- Milk, $2.95
- Sharp cheddar cheese, $1.79
- Frozen broccoli florets, $1.19/ea
- Mushrooms, 4 boxes @ $.79/ea
My total was $36.53 but I just realized that I was charged for an extra box of cherries, so I’ll have to see about getting that taken care of when I’m in next. Ugh. I was excited about the peppers — I had a pack in the fridge already and just went ahead and sliced up three packs for the freezer since we use them so often. If I don’t use the mushrooms in the next couple of days, I will saute them and then freeze them as well. But I have plans that should keep them from lingering. I bought the two different kinds of tortilla chips because the restaurant style are good for snacking but the round ones are the kinds I like to use for nachos.
So far I have spent a total of $166.28 on groceries this month. This leaves me $133.72 for the rest of the month.