Today I thought I’d take the time to post our ENTIRE shopping trip for the week. I know there was quite the discussion here about just how in the world our family (and many of yours) can live on so little per week for groceries. I’ve come to show you how! Now here’s the deal though – you won’t find every single morsel that we’ll be eating for the week here in this post. Why’s that? Because we have a generous stockpile from previous weeks and that is exactly how we’re able to spend so little per week. I didn’t need to buy any meat, with the exception of the Tilapia because my freezer is sill full from the Safeway Turkey sale and other clearance meat finds like these that Sumiko shared last week. This week take for example the 7 boxes of cereal I bought pictured above. We will not go through all of them in one week because we’ll have eggs one day and oatmeal another, etc. This allows us to add a few boxes to our stockpile.
Another thing to note is that I shopped at several stores, I did this through out the week as I had time. The bulk of my shopping is however done on the weekends. I’m not going to list the specific coupons I used for each item but you can find them detailed in the links following.
Here are the deals I purchased with the totals listed below each store. I spent a total of $78.70, which is over our weekly budget of $75 by $3.70. I didn’t have to buy the Tilapia, but I’m trying new things with my diet this week and needed to expand my options a bit.
Nature Valley Granola Thins, 36ct – $2.99
Del Monte Jarred Pears – $0.99
Del Monte Jarred Peaches – $0.99
Pillsbury Crescent Rolls – 3/$1 (already used 1)
Philadelphia Cream Cheese Minis – $0.99
Powerbars, 12pk – $6.00
Sweet Mini Peppers
Massive Box of Goldfish – Clearance for $3.18
Target OJ – $1.38
2 Activia Yogurt 4pks, FREE (not pictured because they’ve already been eaten!)
Bagels, 6pk – $2.79
YoKids Yogurt Tubes – $0.88 after clearance and coupon
Tilapia Filets, 2.5lbs – $9.99
*This seems really expensive, but I’ve never priced Tilapia and I really wanted to try them this week. Going to X out the Eggplant Parmesan sine Eggplant isn’t in season, who knew?!
5 Boxes Frosted Mini Wheats – $0.75 each
This deal was super cool because I got a raincheck on teh 50% off sale that ended yesterday, they were sold out when I went. Today the regular prices was lowered to $3.49, so $1.75 per box. Used my $5/5 coupon AND my FREE Gallon of milk coupon = $3.75 for all 6 items!
3 Loaves Whole Wheat Bread – 3/$4
Silk Pure Almond – $1.68
Silk Pure Coconut – $1.43 (old catalina coupon)
(2) Fage Greek Yogurt – Clearance $2.19 each
Asparagus – $0.99/lb – 3.5lbs total
Ruby Red Grapefruit – 3/$1
Organic Kiki – 6/$2
Celery – $0.89
Cucumbers – 2/$1
Green Beans – $1.49/lb ($1 worth)
Green Bell Pepper – $0.50
18ct Eggs – $2.19
Cuties, 5lb Box – $5.88
Brussels Sprouts – $1.49/lb (1lb)
Nasoya Tofu – FREE
Garden of Eatin’ Chips – $1.69
2 Honey Nut Cheerios – $1.75 for both
2 Yoplait Greek Yogurt – $0.99 each
1 Gallon of Milk – FREE!
2 MckCormic Recipe Inspirations – $0.25 each
Barilla Whole Wheat Pasta – $0.45
2 Wholly Guacamole – $1.00 each
2 Greek Oikos Yogurt – FREE
3 Jars of Peanut Butter & Co. – $3.47 Shipped (credit deal HERE)
So I’m sure you’re wondering how cost effective it is to drive from store to store. That really depends on your location, gas prices, proximity to stores, etc. If I had purchased everything pictured above at one store regardless of the price I’m CERTAIN that my total would have at the minimum doubled – so right off the bat that is a $75 savings. I surely didn’t spend $75 in gas going from store to store. So again, this is something you’re going to have to figure out for yourself. Do you have the time and resources to shop around, if you do I’ll bet you see your spending drop drastically.
Feel free to ask questions in the comments about a specific deal or anything in general about this shopping trip. Please feel free to share your tips too, I know so many of you are even more frugal than I am! We can all learn so much from each other.