Saturday, December 12, 2009

Weekly Shopping Trip--Savings $37.96

This week, I did something unintentionally! I forgot to take my coupon folder with me when I went shopping!  I only needed a few items and there was only a couple of things that I needed with my coupons so it wasn't too bad.  However, not having my coupon folder made me think more on whether I really needed to get the item or if I just wanted it to stockpile.  I guess you even could say that I saved myself more money than what I actually did on paper by not getting items "just because".

Also with my pantry looking like this...
and my upright stand alone freezer looking about the same, I figured there wasn't much to get this week in the grocery department in order to have enough food to feed the family for the week.

So with that picture in mind, here is what I purchased this week to finish stretching what I already have on hand:


  • 2.28 lbs bananas $1.00
  • 1 lb baby carrots $1.29
  • 4 dozen eggs $4.46
  • 2 gallons milk $4.58
  • 2 lbs shredded hashbrowns $5.38
  • 3 boxes markdown bakery donuts $7.75
  • 3 loaves Aunt Millie's bread $2.00
  • 1 container Dean's moose track ice cream $2.79
  • 4 pkgs Eckrich smoky links $9.16
  • 2 loaves Coles garlic toast $2.00
  • 3lbs apples $1.00
  • 4 boxes pizza rolls $4.00
  • 2 bags sandwich bags $2.00
  • 2 cans Campbells tomato soup $1.18
Total OOP: $48.71
Total Savings: $21.19
Total without sales: $69.90

Family Fare: 
  • 2 pkgs flour tortillas $3.48
  • 1 gallon milk $2.49
  • 6 lbs boneless/skinless chicken breasts $9.99
  • 1lb Kraft Mozzarella cheese $2.19
  • 2 bottles(64oz) Indian Summer apple juice $2.59
Total OOP: $20.74
Total Savings: $16.77
Total without sales: $37.51

Grand Total OOP: $69.45
Grand Total Savings: $37.96
Grand Total without sales $107.41

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Monday, December 7, 2009

Menu Plan Monday 12/6-12/12

Last week’s menu plans went well!  We had friends, who are unemployed, over for dinner on Friday night.  I made homemade pizza!  I made my dough in my bread machine.  Oh was it good!  I made it with half whole wheat flour and everyone enjoyed it!

I did grocery shopping this past week!  I finally was able to find some pork that actually looked good!  We like to have a variety of meat and we haven’t pork for over a month because I was just not finding any that didn’t look all fatty. I also was able to snag some meat that was markdown by 80%!

This week’s meals are some of the family favorites.  We are having a new furnace, A/C unit and water heater installed on Monday and Tuesday so those meals might end up getting changed due to having gas available to run the stove or not.  It will be nice to have heat all the time rather than 25% of the time.

For this week’s lunches that are for the kids and me! Unless we are having leftovers, our lunches are served with apple slices or carrot sticks along with fruit juice or water.  Hubby usually takes a dinner leftover along with various snacks for his work lunch so I don’t take the time to plan his lunches.  

A special thanks to Laura-Organizing Junkie for hosting Menu Plan Monday! Need help with your menus; go check the over 300 other delicious meal plans that have been linked at Laura-Organizing Junkie's site or look down in my right sidebar for my menu suggestion lists!

Sunday (12-6)
Breakfast: eggs, sausage, hash browns, and jiffy muffins
Lunch: leftover spaghetti dinner with garlic toast
Dinner:  Arby’s
Snack: snack basket

Monday (12-7)
Breakfast: cereal and muffins
Lunch: leftovers
Dinner: creamy chicken served over egg noodles and green peas as a side
Snack: snack basket

Tuesday (12-8)
Breakfast:  waffles and sausage
Lunch: leftovers
Dinner:  pork chops, served with rice, green beans and crescent rolls
Snack: snack basket

Wednesday (12-9)
Breakfast:  bagels and cereal
Lunch: leftovers
Dinner:  Taco Bar
Snack: snack basket

Thursday (12-10)
Breakfast:  Pancakes (from freezer) and sausage
Lunch: leftovers
Dinner: chicken rice soup served with homemade bread
Snack: snack basket

Friday (12-11)
Breakfast:  cereal and toast
Lunch: sandwich & chips
Dinner: beef gravy served over egg noodles and peas as a side
Snack: ice cream night

Saturday (12-12)
Breakfast:  Your Choice
Lunch: ????
Dinner: chicken club sandwiches served with fries and carrot sticks
Snack: popcorn