I figured this week would be a good time to start working on menu planning again. Instead of picking what to have on a specific day, I just made a list of options for us to have so we can eat what we want from the list.
So that’s my list. Our pantry, fridge & freezer were pretty empty, so I did a lot of grocery shopping yesterday. After a few hours of coupon clipping, organizing, list making, and planning, I headed out for the first of three grocery trips – the 99 cent store!
Here’s my haul:
2 dozen eggs
1 bag croutons
5 bags shredded cheese
3 packages flour tortillas
1 bag corn meal
1 box pop tarts
4 cans tomato sauce
2 cans cream of chicken soup
1 bottle Italian dressing
1 bag Romaine hearts
1 green bell pepper
1 bottle mustard
1 box (2 pkgs) dry onion soup mix
1 roll aluminum foil
1 package of cupcake liners
The beauty of the 99 cent store is that everything is only $1!
Total spent = $25.07
After we put the groceries away, I had some lunch, and then went back out for grocery trip number two – Target!
Here’s my haul from trip #2:
5 Smart Ones frozen dinners
1 package turkey bacon
1 can green beans
3 2-liter bottles of Dr. Pepper
1 package ground turkey
2 large tubs Fage Total 0% plain Greek yogurt
1 bottle ketchup
2 boxes whole wheat rotini
1 lb butter
2 packages Ball Park beef franks
1 bag whole wheat flour
1 Axe deodorant
1 Dove deodorant
1 bottle Febreze fabric refresher
1 bottle Febreze air effects
1 Venus Embrace razor
4-pack Venus Embrace razor refills
2-pack First Response pregnancy tests (I’m married, okay??)
3-pack Scotch Brite refill sponges
2 boxes Nexcare Shrek bandaids
2 bottles Up & Up face wash
Not pictured: 25-lb box cat litter that I accidentally left in the bottom of the cart. 😦
Here were my good deals from the trip:
Venus razor & refills – on sale for $8 & $14.99 (respectively)
One $2/1 Venus razor coupon (P&G insert)
One $2/1 Venus razor refill coupon (P&G insert)
Target deal: buy 2 select Venus products, get a $5 gift card
Total cost for the two: $13.99!
Febreze fabric refresher $3.34
One BOGO free Febreze air effects (P&G insert)
Air effects normally priced at $2.69
Total cost: $3.34, or $1.67 per item!
2-pk First Response Early Response pregnancy tests, normally $7.99
One $2/1 Target coupon
One $2/1 manufacturer coupon
Total cost: $3.99, or $1.99 per item
2 boxes Nexcare Shrek bandaids, marked on clearance for $1.60 each.
Two $0.50/1 Nexcare item (Target printable)
Two $0.55/1 Nexcare item (newspaper)
Total cost: $0.55 per box!
Total cost of trip: $82.34
Total savings: $50.65
That’s a savings of 38%!!!!
I’m still pretty mad about leaving the cat litter in the cart though…. that was $10 of what I spent. GRRR.
After some freezer cooking (which I will post about hopefully tomorrow) and having dinner, we had a nice evening with some good friends. After they left, we went on a date to the third and final grocery shopping trip to pick up what we missed – Save Mart!
Here’s the leftovers we picked up there:
1 quart milk
1 bottle honey
1 box powdered milk
1 package peanut butter fudge cookies (for the hubby)
2 packages raspberriesThe raspberries were on sale, normally $3.99 per pack, they were marked down to 2 for $5.
The cookies were on sale as well, normally $2.19, marked down to $1.99.
Total cost for trip: $17.16
Total savings: $3.38
So, today was expensive. I spent a lot on groceries, but they were badly needed. Money has been tight lately, so we’ve mostly been eating box meals or dinner with my parents. It’s nice to have a full pantry, fridge, and freezer again.Thanks for reading!