So I learned something. Did you guys know that it’s possible to work at a fast food place and still eat healthy? Apparently you can. Really, it’s true. And hopefully I’ll be able to keep it up. =) Oh, and I also now know that I HATE bell peppers by themselves. Gross. I mean, I love them cooked with/in other foods, but… I really had to force myself to eat them. Everything else was yummy, though.
Alrighty, so here is a more complete documentation of my grocery-spending-and-menu-planning-ness. Yes, a few items were frivolous and I therefore could have spent a little less, but I think $55.88/week for groceries isn’t so bad. =)
4 bags frozen chicken tenders, $6.29 each (didn’t actually need that many, but better safe than sorry, and I’ll always use them eventually =) )
Fresh chicken tenders, $5.19
1lb Sliced Lunchmeat, $3.49
2 unsalted butter, $2.29 each
3 Green bell peppers, $0.99
Multi-colored peppers, $2.49
2 cereals, $1.89 each
Pomegranate, $0.79 (I just wanted to try one, I never have. =) )
Egg Noodles, $1.29
3 bags chips, $1.49 each
2 tortilla chips, $1.19 each
10lb potatoes, $2.69
Brown sugar, $1.39
Kidney beans, $0.59
2 Saltine crackers, $0.89 each
Apricot Preserves, $1.89
2 Rotel, $0.59 each
4 Progresso soups, $1.25 each, used $1/4 coupon
Nutella. $2.99, used $1/1 coupon
4 Ragu sauce, $1.49 each, used $1/2 coupon and $0.75/2 target coupon
2 Market Pantry noodles, $1 each, free wyb 2 Ragu
2 Campbells, $0.75 each, used $0.40/2 coupon
2 Campbells condensed, $1.20, used $0.40/2 coupon
2 Seasoned Steamers, 2/$4, used (2) $1/1 coupons
2 Minute Rice, $1.99 each, used (2) $0.60/1 (doubles to $1.20)
3 jars Heinz Gravy, $1 each, used $1/3 coupon (doubles to $2)
Cherry Coke 2-liter, $1.11, free deal from Aisle50
2 Chips Ahoy cookies, $1.99 each sale, used $1/1 coupon for both (both double), free
3 Red Gold Tomatoes, $0.79 each, used $0.75/3 (doubles to $1.50)
2 bags apples, 3lbs each, $0.99 each, price matched from Aldi (mistake by friend which was excused by employee (Should have been $1.99 each))
8 avocados $0.29 each, price matched from Aldi
Beef Broth, $1.86 (I hated paying this much, but Aldi didn’t have any this time.)
Green Onions, $1.14
2 Sour Cream, $1.98 each
Grand Total: $111.76
Toast w/ left over Apricot jam
Sandwich & Chips
Fried Deer Steak
Deer Stew w/ corn bread
Chicken Stuffing Casserole
Sweet & Sour Chicken w/ Rice
Sweet & Spicy Chicken
(2) Taco Soup
(2) Chicken tenders, mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy
PS. Just so you know, I’m kind of totally copying off of this awesome blog I found and I wanted to give her the credit she deserves. $50/week is awesome and I’d love to get down to that point. She’s an awesome source of inspiration. =)
I’m going to start documenting this because I want to get better at spending less and less. My menu plans are for two week intervals, because that’s how often I get paid. So. Here we have it. (Keep in mind that my grocery shopping is not completely comprehensive, because my mom buys a few things here and there also. However, for the time being, I am completely responsible for the dinner section of the menu.)
Official Grocery Run
Grocery Grand Total: $105.08
Toast (from homemade bread)
*These, along with some freezer meals that were left from last menu should last us until 10/20
I was so glad to have found this recipe on pinterest.com, because the plain Amish bread that I had tried to use for sandwiches did not go very well. Amish bread is not sandwich-y in the least (the stuff I made wasn’t anyway), it’s more tasty and dessert-ish. But anyway, you can find the recipe here. (I actually remembered to save the link/source this time!)
Feel free to take a gander at these here before and after pics. =)
Total Retail Worth: $57.62
Total Paid (after sales/coupons/rebate/RRs): $10.24* w/ $1 RR left for next week
Savings Rate: 82%
*Tax is included.
And here’s the run down on Walgreens that I promised.
Buy (1) Glade Expressions spray, on sale for $2.99, Buy one get $1RR
Used $3/1 Coupon
Total: $0.26 (just the tax), Get $1RR
Buy (2) Chex Mix, on sale 2/$3, Buy two get $1 RR
Buy Walgreens brand soap bar (filler item), $0.89
Used (2) $0.60/1 Chex Mix coupon
Used $1 RR from Trans. #1 and $1 RR from last week
Total: $1.72, Get$1 RR
Buy (1) Nivea Body Wash, sale for $3.99, Buy one get $2 RR
Used $1 RR from Trans. #3
Total: $3.34, get $2 RR
Buy (2) Joy Dish soap, sale 2/$2
Used $2 RR from Trans. #3
Note: Somehow I ended up with $1RR left over. I think maybe I forgot to use both RRs in Trans. #2….lol Idk.
The rest I bought at Target, Walmart, and CVS.
First, I need to tell all of you something very important.
*pause for dramatic effect….
I made this one all by myself!! No recipe to guide me, isn’t that crazy?! lol
Anyway, I actually had turned this one into a freezer meal because the pork I used was going to “expire” the next day, and supper was already covered that night. So a few nights later, here we are. =)
Amanda’s Pork & Beans
- 6 cups pinto beans
- 3 boneless pork chops
- 1 green bell pepper, chopped
- 4 tsp. ham flavored soup base (L.B. Jamison’s, to be exact)
- 1 cup water
- Salt to taste
1. Brown pork chops. Use 3 tsp.s of soup base to sprinkle on pork chops while browning.
Cut into small pieces.
2. Add remaining tsp of soup base to water, boil to make broth.
3. Add all ingredients, including broth, together in crock pot. Cook on low for two hrs or until heated through. Serve with corn bread.
Note: I placed all ingredients into a vacuum sealed food-saver bag to freeze. If you plan on doing this, just remember to thaw out the meal in the fridge the night before and allow for more time in the crock pot.
This is a pic of my mom’s plate. Apparently, sweet potatoes go great with this meal too. =)
Alrighty, so I was talking about my couponing with someone at work, and I told her I would start posting more about how I get the deals I get, instead of just the end result. But, I also didn’t want to completely blow up FB with all of that, so I’ll be posting that here.
As I’ve told others before, I follow blogs that find all the good deals for you. But I don’t partake of every single deal they post about. A lot of them are either not worth it (not a good enough price for me), or are things I could never possibly use/need.
So I’m going to be posting all the deals that I personally am planning on using on my next shopping trip, assuming that the products are still there (sometimes a sale item is all gone by the time I get there), and that all the coupons actually work (every once in a while there will be a printable coupon that Walmart won’t take, and it’s always a bummer, but oh well).
$1/1 Hormel Always Tender (coupons.com)
Supposedly, it would make Always Tender Pork Roast only $2.98. Not sure about my Walmart’s pricing, but I plan on looking into it.
$5/1 Glade Expressions Oil Diffuser Starter Kit (coupons. com)
These are $5.98, so it’s a great deal if you use these already, or if you’re like me and figure it would make a great addition to a gift basket. =)
$2/1 Almay Cosmetic Product (SS 08/05/12)
Free Loaf of San Juan Bread w/ purchase of these two items:
Oscar Mayer Deli Fresh Lunchmeat, $2.79
Kraft Singles, $2.79
Free Loaf of San Juan Bread
Use $1.00 off any one Oscar Mayer Deli Fresh lunchmeat (couponnetwork.com)
Use $1.00 off any one package of Kraft Singles (couponnetwork.com)
Final Price=$1.79 total or $.60 each
*these should be $2.99 at Target and there is a $1/1 Target coupon available. We could possibly get them for FREE!