Just got back from the grocery stores. It took me about two hours total, including driving to a store that’s about 20 minutes away. I went to Aldi, Shop ‘n Save and Kuhn’s.
Because my pantry was lacking some serious staples, I decided not to even try making this a $35/grocery week. I think you can only reasonably do that when you already have essentials such as peanut butter, vinegar, jelly, etc.
Here’s what I bought:
- Pancake syrup .99
- Flour tortillas .79
- Butter .89
- Pineapple can .69
- Instant dry milk $12.99 [Hooray! I found powdered milk at a good price, finally. I can make five gallons of milk with this, so it will cost $2.60/gallon. Read my post here about why regular milk costs $3.61]
- Grape Jelly .99
- White vinegar .59
- Parmesan cheese 1.99
- Salsa 1.49
- Wheat bread 1.49
- 2 loaves white bread .59 each
- Large doz. eggs 1.24
- Total: $25.32
Shop ‘n Save:
- Smoked sausage $1 (with coupon)
- Boneless, skinless chicken breasts $6.91 ($1.69/lb. and got 6 good-sized lean chicken breasts)
- Total: $7.91
- Bag yellow onions .99
- 2 lb. bag carrots .99
- Celery 1.29
- Gallon milk 3.61
- Peanut butter $1 (I bought 3)
- Yoplait yogurt .50 (bought 5)
- Arm & Hammer detergent 100 oz. $1.99 after coupon
- Cottonelle toilet paper 12 pack double roll $4.99 after coupon (about .21 for a regular roll, .42 for double roll)
- Cap’n Crunch 1.33 (got 2 boxes)
- Ground beef $6.18 (at 1.79/lb., I got around 3.5 pounds)
- Total: $28.70
The items in italics are pantry staples that I won’t need to replace for awhile. I spent $29.91 on those items. Since I bought so much beef and chicken, that should last two weeks. So, while I spent a lot this week, I got reasonable deals and was able to restock my pantry. Had I stuck to the $35/week rule, I wouldn’t have been able to restock AND buy things to cook this week.
***A tip: Since I wanted to get all my shopping done in one outing, I took some of my recycled frozen milk and juice containers (now full of water) from my freezer and put them in the trunk. I created a cooler of sorts using those frozen containers and my laundry basket.