Friday, April 16, 2010

Weekly Shopping Trip--Savings $53.25

This week before I went grocery shopping, I took the time to throughly go through my pantry and check the dates on the boxes, cans, and bottles. I found that I had several items that were dated with best by dates in 2009!!  I took those items off my shelves and dumped them in the trash. I realized that a couple of bottles were big bottles from a 2 pack that I had purchased at Sam's Club so I made a note of it in my price book not to get those items at Sam's again but rather at the grocery store in smaller quantities. I ended up throwing away a full plastic grocery sack of past dated items that I would not have felt comfortable in using with my family.  It made me sad wasting that money but it was a valuable lesson in staying aware of the items that we could get in smaller quantities despite being a large family.

It was suppose to be a big shopping trip this week but there has been some unexpected debts(like 5 new windows because 3 of them were broken) that we needed to pay off so I decided to keep the grocery bill to the minimum and not do much in the way of stocking up right now. So despite Meijer having a decent 10 for $10 get 11th item free sale this week, I just purchased those sale items that we needed rather than going too hog wild getting items for the church food pantry or stockpiling my own pantry just because it was on sale.

I also kept things simple by only shopping at two grocery stores: Meijer, Family Fare.  I also took the time to do my monthly Sam's Club run this week as well. I figure that I have enough meals to get us through the next 14 days and aside from my Sam's run I spent less than $95 to make it.

Here is what I purchased this week at the grocery stores:


  • 30ct pack clothes hangers $4.76(with sales tax)
  • 1 bottle lemon juice $2.49
  • 1 jar grape jam $2.49
  • 2 lbs strawberries $2.00
  • 2-2 liters Pop $2.20(with bottle deposit)
  • 2 cans Grands Biscuits $1.70
  • 2 cartons Lemonade $1.00
  • 3 tubs Country Crock margarine $1.90
  • 5 boxes Brown & Serve sausage links $4.00
  • 6 Lunchables $6.00
  • 2 pkgs pepperoni $2.00
  • 2 bottles Sunny Delight $1.50
  • 1 pkg. Dole salad blend FREE
  • 8 cans Old Orchard frozen juice $6.00
  • 2 boxes Honey Nut Cheerios $2.88
  • 2 boxes General Mills cereal $2.98
  • 1 bag Fast Fixin' chicken strips $3.99
  • 3 boxes Little Debbie snacks $3.00
Total OOP: $53.85
Total Savings: $36.39
Total without sales & coupons: $90.24

Family Fare: 
  • 8.41 lbs ground beef $15.89
  • 5 qt. pail vanilla ice cream $4.99
  • 1 bottle strawberry spread $2.99
  • 3 gallons milk $5.97
  • 4 boxes Kleenex $5.00
  • 2 boxes Life cereal $2.59
Total OOP: $37.73
Total Savings: $16.86
Total without sales & coupons: $54.59

Grand Total OOP: $91.58
Grand Total Savings: $53.25
Grand Total without sales & coupons: $144.83

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