Saturday, May 19, 2012

This week's groceries

Why do I keep posting my grocery spending, you ask?  Because I want to prove that you don't have to be a dumpster diving extreme couponer to buy on a budget.  It might take a little creativity and a little extra effort, but it's entirely doable.  I have an average-size pantry, refrigerator, freezer and the little cabinet space we do have is completely used by dishware, glasses, pots & pans.  We have a 7 yr old, 4 yr old and 1.5 year old, so I think you can also say we have the average 2.5 kids, at least when it comes to eating.  No dog (yet ;) but for the most part, we are a very average American family living on a very average American salary, but trying to spend less than we earn wherever we can.  College ain't getting any cheaper ... and one day we'd like to own a house of our own .... *sigh*  But I digress.

I lost one of last week's receipts, but you have my word it was around $52.  (I had the extra $ from the week before :)  Maybe some amount of change  over.  The highlight was this tortilla crusted tilapia (frozen) from Costco.  $13.50 for the box, which is enough for 2 dinners for our family and it was delish and it was seafood that even A liked!

Here are this week's numbers ...

1 bag potato chips $1.49
1 package chocolate chip cookies $0.89 (clearance)
1 bunch bananas 2.56 lb $0.38/lb = $0.97
Total:  $3.43

Fresh Farms:
1 bunch celery $0.89
1 bunch green onion $0.33
1 bunch romaine lettuce $0.88
1 head green cabbage $0.80
4 tomatoes on the vine $1.39
2 lbs. organic gala apples $4.04
2 lbs. whole pork tenderloin $7.66
6 lbs. boneless skinless chicken breast $1.99/lb = $11.86
2 dozen extra large eggs $0.79 each = $1.58

Total: $30.09

1 box Jewel corn starch $1.43

8oz. Jewel whipping cream $1.34
Buy 10, get $5 off deal:
3 Rice-A-Roni Mexican rice $0.75 each = $1.50
1 Hellmann's Mayo w/Olive Oil $1.50 (with $1 off coupon)
2 lbs. Barilla spaghetti $0.75 each = $1.50
1 box Barilla mostaccioli $0.75
1 box Barilla farfalle $0.75
2 boxes Pasta-Roni $0.75
Total: $11.28

3 packs Vienna franks $2.77 each
Total: $8.50

Grand Total:  $53.30

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