Grocery shopping results

I didn’t make it to the grocery store until Tuesday night because of the house vote on the financial rescue bill and the insuing 777 point drop in the market. As I’m writing this, the senate is debating a new bill, but I digress.

Grocery shopping was pretty successful and I was able to pick up a bunch of stuff not on my list while still staying within my $75 budget. Here is my shopping list:

As I said yesterday, as I put things in the cart, I estimate the cost and write it on my list. When I finish the grocery section, I total it. Doing so helps me stay within my budget. When I do this, I do not include my coupons. Coupons are a bonus. I use them to stay below budget. I went a bit over budget on the list, because some of the deals I got were great. I would have put things back had I gone over budget at the register.  Here is what I bought:

  • 2 lbs of carrots (on sale 1.50)
  • a bag of salad
  • 5 lbs of potatoes (on sale 2.99)
  • a quart of buttermilk (generic)
  • a 6 lb turkey turkey breast (on sale 1.79 lb)
  • a 2 lb beef roast (on sale, $2.00 off coupon)
  • 1 lb of stew beef ($2.00 off coupon)
  • 3 lbs of ground beef ($2.00 off coupon for each lb)
  • a loaf of white bread (on sale, plus 50 cent coupon)
  • a jar of real bacon bits
  • 2 cans of green beans (on sale)
  • 2 cans of cream of mushroom soup (generic)
  • 1 large can of french fried onions (coupon)
  • 2 boxes of stuffing (BOGO – Buy one, get one free)
  • 1 package of hamburger buns (on sale)
  • 2 bags of chips (BOGO)
  • 1 packet of turkey gravy mix (on sale)
  • 2 large bags of frozen corn (generic)
  • 4 boxes of cereal (4 boxes for $8, plus 2 $1 coupons)
  • 2 packages of cookies (on sale, plus coupon)

My deals of the day were the packages of meat and the cereal. The ground beef was $3.69 per lb, the roast was $4.79 and the stew beef was $3.31. All the beef purchased is certified angus beef, for which I had a bunch of coupons for $2.00 an certified angus beef purchase. I took home $19.17 worth of meat for $9.17.  My husband picked up those coupons at an event sponsored by the grocery store. The lady working the booth gave him a stack of the coupons and I’ve really been enjoying them. The cereal was 4 boxes for $8. I had two $1 off coupons for post cereal and I had two double coupons for coupons up to $3. So, in the end I got 4 boxes of cereal for $4.

You’ll notice that most of the things I purchased that were not on sale were generic. I’ll try the generic item once to see if it’s comperable. Many times, generic items are made in the same facilities as the brand name. There are a few things that we didn’t like, but for most items, generics are awesome. Make sure you compare prices per unit; generics are usually less expensive than brand names on sale. When checking unit pricing, make sure all the products are using the same units. Some companies are shifty and try to trick you. Bad companies!

So here is where I ended up:

Total before savings and coupons – 103.35.

Total after sales and coupons – 63.35 (includes my 18 cent credit for bringing my own bags).

Total savings – $40.00.

I ended up almost $12 under budget, plus I got a ton of food that will go into the freezer for our next menu planning session. I’m thinking we’ll have to make beef stew and biscuits in the next menu cycle.

How did your grocery shopping go this week? How many times did you end up at the store? Any good deals?

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