|Pictured here are my Target purchases.|
Welcome back to my second week attempting to spend only about $90 to buy my family's weekly groceries. This week I had about $110 for personal spending and groceries after we paid our bills. I checked out all the local ads and made a list of what items I wanted to purchase based off those ads as well as items I needed. Target had hamburger on sale for $2.50/lb so I went to Target first. Unfortunately, Target's hamburger was out of stock! This messed up my budget just a bit but I had the money given I had the extra $20 for discretionary spending. Now, if only I'd thought to ask for a rain check!
This week's total spending is: $94.63. While not as good as last week, it is still an improvement I used to think was impossible compared to our previous $160 budget. Hopefully next week I can do even better!
You can check out here where I made it closer to my goal of $90 and only spent $90.22 for a week of groceries.
I feel that we have been doing great at reducing our amount of processed snack foods but we do still drink pop and that is NOT cheap. We would like to work on reducing the amount but for now we are attempting babysteps down the road to healthier meals and we're just not the cut the sugar "cold-turkey" types. ☺ We don't claim to be "real food" only but I think that is a great goal for most of your food choices. One day maybe.
Here is my embarrassingly cluttered pantry where I will still be "shopping" from for some meals throughout the week. The cupboard above this one is where I store my cookbooks, gluten free flours, and a few other small items. I have to keep them locked to prevent the yummier items from being eaten by my bottomless-pit children. ☺ I also still have several bags of frozen veggies to use this week.
Here are my purchases:
A few items I forgot in the original photos.
- 8 pack of Juicy Juice juice boxes 2.00 (These were on sale and are for rare use when I need to pack lunches for an outing.)
- 24 bottle package of Ozarka bottled water 3.79 (Target was out of the 3 L bottles I usually buy so I picked up this package but it cost me more than I originally intended to spend on water for the week.)
- 12 oz bottle of store brand honey 3.44
- 40 oz bottle of store brand creamy peanut butter 5.49 (My kids love this smeared on apple slices and we all love peanut butter cookies.)
- 6.5 oz can of sliced black olives 1.69
- 6 pack of Starbucks VIA iced coffee 4.88 (These were on sale and each package makes 2-8oz coffees and I only drink 8oz at a time so that makes 12 coffees per container. I don't drink it everyday.)
- 26 oz package of Redmond Real Salt 4.81 (On sale so I couldn't help but stock up.)
- package of Kraft marshmallows .99 (Okay, okay, I didn't even need these this week but my mom supplied me with a yummy looking recipe that calls for marshmallows and I thought I'd buy an ingredient each week until I have what I need. ☺ And, they were on sale.)
- 18.5 oz bottle Hershey Lite syrup 1.99 (Surprisingly, this is dairy free and I occasionally allow the kids to have chocolate milk. I add it to my iced coffee to make a mocha as well.)
- 3 lb bag of Fuji apples 2.89 (Yay, last week I purchased a 3 lb bag of apples from ALDI for 3.99! So I saved over a dollar plus our discount by checking prices!)
- 12 can pack of Sierra Mist 4.89
- 12 can pack of Dr. Pepper 4.00 (Yay, it was on sale and I didn't even know it!)
- 1/2 gallon whole milk 1.99
- 1 gallon whole milk 3.59
- 6 double rolls toilet paper (Up and Up brand) 3.79 (I took note later when I was at ALDI that they sell a 18-pack of double roll toilet paper with 14 more sheets per roll for only 6.99 so I'll be purchasing toilet paper there next time we need it!)
- 184 count "kleenex" or facial tissue (Up and Up brand) 1.39 (I think this may have been cheaper at ALDI too.)
- 3.5 lb bag of dry kitten food 3.59
- 27 count package of size 5 diapers 4.99 (We are impressed with the quality of these diapers and they have held up just as well as Target's diapers for our almost 2 year old but are about $2 cheaper!)
- 2-1/2 gallon cartons of sweetened almond milk @ 2.49 each = 4.98
- 12 oz package of turkey bacon 2.29 (I wanted regular but it was a good deal cheaper to purchase turkey bacon over the pork bacon so I settled for turkey.)
- 4.25 oz bottle ground cinnamon .99
- 4.75 oz bottle onion powder .99
- 3 dozen large white eggs @ 1.29 each = 3.87
- 17 oz bottle extra virgin olive oil 3.49
- 2-13 oz bags tortilla chips @ 1.19 each = 2.38
- 8 count fruit strips 1.19 (I take these for their snack at church.)
- 2.87 lb pack of chicken drumsticks @ .99/lb = 2.84
- 5.08 lb pack of hamburger @ 2.49/lb = 12.65 (Sure, I found hamburger for about the same price here as I did at Target but I had to purchase a large package and went over budget here. I was planning on only spending $5 on hamburger instead of over $12.)
- 3 lb package of yellow onions .79
My menu for the week using what I have on hand and what I purchased:
- Grits (I have in my pantry.)
- Oatmeal (I have in my pantry - made into baked oatmeal muffins and stove-top oatmeal.)
- Apples with peanut butter
- Chips and salsa
- 2 days of beef and rice stew
- 1 day of chicken fried rice
- 2 days of omelets with ham, cheese, and onions (I have leftover ham from last week.)
- 1 day of hamburgers and oven fries
- 1 day of leftovers
- 2 nights of bean burritos with sauteed onions, corn tortillas, Spanish rice
- 2 nights beef and bean tacos, vegetable, dessert
- 1 night spaghetti, cornbread, veggie
- We have dinner plans with another family at their house. We are probably taking a dessert and a side dish.
- Pumpkin donuts
- Peanut butter cookies
P.S. I know, I know... We probably don't make the same food choices that you might make. And, I may have gotten better choices at other stores. My blog posts are doubling as a price reference for what I paid and where I paid it so I can make even better price comparisons in the future. ☺
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