Tuesday, February 11, 2014
The plan, in action
Store # 1: Aldi's
4 dozen eggs, a Szechuan stir fry kit (at home Val Day celebration),1 box fzn sweet n sour chicken (Val day) 2 pkgs fzn fruit blends, 1 pkg fzn Flounder fillets, 3 gallons milk, 4 fzn OJ, 1 whipped cream, qt 1/2 & 1/2, 1 box ea crab ragoons and pot stickers (Val Day), 4 lbs fzn ground beef, 3 lbs Gala apples, bananas, strawberries, 2 tubs ea organic spinach and baby salad greens, hot house tomatoes, black forest sandwich ham, bologna, 4 cans albacore, 6 cans ck lite tuna, 1 bag fzn peas, 1 lb ea butter and stick margarine, 1 sweet potato chips, 1 potato chips, 2 "doritos", 2 tortilla chips, 1 pkg hamburger buns, 1 cuke, 1 whole roaster chicken, 2 pkgs swabs, 2 lbs carrots, 2 boxes "honey nut cheerios," 2 boxes "cheerios," 4 mini boxes Val day chocolates for the kids, 2 large jars peanut butter, 1 canola "pam" spray, 2 bottles each: apple juice, cranberry juice, splash juice; 2 lbs lemons, 1 mayonnaise, 2 boxes trail mix granola bars, 2 boxes protein granola bars.
Spent: $153.27, saved 75 cents with can returns
Store # 2: Dollar Tree
1 Kraft recipe makers sauce kit for pasta, 4 10 oz pkgs fzn blueberries, 2 pkgs fzn onion rings, 2 bottles spicy brown mustard.
Spent: $8.45, saved 55 cents with coupon on the Kraft recipe maker
Store # 3: Xpect Discounts
1 marked down head of Tamara and Antle Boston bib lettuce @ $1, 8 boxes pudding mix 4 pears @ $1/lb, 20 lbs each All purpose flour and bread flour, 4.25 lbs of marked down potatoes @ $1, mushrooms, 2 32 oz pkgs fzn tater tots, 1 25 lb bag of ice melt
Grand total: $196.26. CASH. Added to the $20 or so I recently spent, I am technically a bit over budget, but no worries as the Valentines Day celebration items and candies will be "charged" or tallied to "celebrations" and not groceries. ($15.42 in total), so actually $180.84 spent on "groceries" today, $15.42 towards "celebrations" so approx $201.34-pretty darn close to the figure I wanted for the month. We are continuing to use the boxed "emergency" milk, instant milk whenever possible, and I serve alternative beverages to milk when I can, but still like to serve milk at least at supper.
Store # 4: Costco
While I do not belong, I was dismayed to learn today that the health food store where I have purchased bulk yeast, has discontinued doing so, only offering the 3 count foil packs. Based on the amount of baking I do now, this is not a cost effective source. I was out with a friend today, and asked her to pick me up a large package of yeast at Costco as she was running some errands. $5-a very affordable option for me, for a 2 lb bag.
Feb grocery: $206.34. I can certainly live with this, knowing that much of what I bought today, will be carried over into other months.