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Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Trying To cut the grocery budget

I will try to be quick with this entry. It is pretty late, and I really need to go to bed. But I am trying to cut our grocery budget. Last week, I thought I would try and go to Wal-Mart to *save* some money, since I usually go to Publix. I spent $112 there, and got hardly any veggies. I just bought some oranges and bananas in the produce. That's it, zip.
Well, I have joined something new, and I don't have time to explain it right now, but it is a program designed to combine coupons and sales together. I did not have any coupons to use, but just shopping the sales add, I spent $107.36. This is a BIG improvement. How so? Well, I got TONS more stuff than I did at Wal-mart.
This includes toilet paper, diapers, laundry detergent, baby food, goat milk, Whole Wheat Bread etc. My total savings were : $50.94!

I am going to learn how to really work it, and hopefully I will drop it $30 or $40 more. But what I am so excited about, is that I got some real good variety in my refrigerator and pantry. When I went to Wal-Mart there was hardly anything very good.

I also believed to Lord blessed alot in this, because I went to Winn-Dixie and I found babyfood on clearance. It was 25 cents a jar. The bigger jars were 35 cents. That is a really good price!

Hopefully I will get better at this.

But this is what I bought:

41 jars of baby food
2 frozen bags of broccoli cuts
2 lbs Baby Cut Carrots
Fresh Snap Beans
2 Beef Bottom Round Roasts
2 Baker's Inn Whole Wheat Bread
5lbs Idaho Potatoes
Red Seedless Grapes
2 quarts of strawberries
1 can chunk white tuna
4 Ajax Dish soaps
10 CVS Toilet paper
2 Post Honey Bunches of Oats
1 pkg Diapers
1 Xtra Laundry detergent
1 Bag of Spinach
Publix P-nut Butter
Grape Tomatoes
Stonyfield Yogurt
2 pkgs of skinless chicken thighs
3 Goat milk
4 Kraft Mac and Cheese
1/2 Gal milk
Coffee Creamer

3 comments:

Mrs. C said...

Wow, looks like you did very well! Have you looked at hillbillyhousewife.com? She has several menu/shopping lists for set amounts of $$. There's one for $35, and another for $70. We don't prefer some of the substitutions that she make on her menu (like margarine and powdered milk), but at least I can get some ideas there.

Mommy said...

Thanks Mrs. C. I'll check out her menus. I went there a long time ago and some of the meals my husband just wouldn't like, but maybe there are some things now that would be better?
When I shopped at Wal-Mart, I made a menu that I thought would be cheap. I bought store brand on most items, and I still spent alot. This time around, I just shopped the adds and am going to plan my meals around what I got instead of make a menu and shop according to that.
Also, I am going to combine coupons with the adds and hopefully that will help out alot more.

Mrs. C said...

BTW~ I just "tagged" you for the Real Mum meme. Hope you don't mind. :-)