Jan 10 2008

A $37.88 shopping week

My weekly grocery goal is to spend between $35-40 on groceries. Most of the time, I’m on the low end, but if I need to replace some pantry staples, it’s a little higher.

Today, I went to Giant Eagle and Aldi, and spent $37.88 between them both.

I haven’t posted my grocery receipts in awhile, so I thought I’d share them. I’m trying to incorporate more healthier foods into our weekly menus. I’ll post next week’s menu on Monday.

Giant Eagle

  • Bananas – 2 lb. $1.07
  • Black beans, canned – .60 (I bought 2 cans)
  • Chickpeas, canned .52
  • Whole wheat flour 3.19
  • Southwestern chipoltle dip 3.29
  • Gallon 1% milk 3.51
  • Ground beef (about 1.3 lbs) 3.41
  • Total there: $16.19

Aldi

  • Bagged spinach $1.49
  • Bag carrots .99
  • Green peppers 1.29
  • Celery .99
  • Tortilla chips .99
  • Flour tortillas .89
  • Frozen pizza $1.99
  • Apple juice 1.29
  • Bread .59
  • Biscuits.29
  • Chicken broth .39 (x3 cans)
  • Yogurt (6 at .43 each)
  • Applesauce .89
  • Canned peaches 1.19
  • Refried beans. 49
  • Cereal 1.69
  • Turkey bacon 1.89
  • Chocolate cookies .99
  • Total $21.69


10 Responses to “A $37.88 shopping week”

  1. You did good for all of those groceries! I’ve never shopped at an Aldi before. We don’t have one near us, but I wish we did.

    Do you have a Pathmark near you (I know they are regional)? They have triple coupons this week and with the coupons from the paper you can get some products super cheap like Skippy for .20 cents & Ragu for .44 cents. I posted the product list on my blog.

  2. WOW – great prices at Aldi! I need to check them out…I have never been.

    I am trying to decide which philosophy works best…shop for what is on my menu for the week, or shop sales/deals and stock up. What are your thoughts?

  3. We don’t have a Pathmark here. No places with triple coupons, unfortunately. :(

  4. Meredith,
    I’m not Kacie, but my suggestion would be to stock up on sales, loss leaders (the deals on the front of the circular usually) etc. & make your menu from that. If you just go by your menu alone, you won’t save nearly as much. Plus, it depends what’s on your menu. I often will make a menu & substitute a meat that is on sale if need be.

    Kacie,
    I’d love to know what’s on your menu with your groceries. No Aldi’s or even double coupons where I live, so I just pray and do the best I can. I doubt my budget would ever be as low as yours or even Crystal’s.

    Take care….

  5. Good advice, Lyn! I wrote a post just now responding to Meredith’s question.

    I should probably clarify some things in that post though…

    Just come back Monday and you’ll see what I make with those groceries :)

  6. Kacie,
    You’re going to make us wait until Monday? :(

  7. We are trying to healthier due health problems. I was wondering what is your input on organic foods?

  8. Wow!! That’s great!

    The items that you listed costs triple where we live. I wish I could get those sort of deals.

    I should move ;)

  9. I just found your blog and WOW! I love what you’re doing here! I think I will join you on your challenge this year! And I am amazed that you spent so little on groceries! You’re my hero! I’ve been trying to get my grocery bill down (with not much luck yet).

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