See the details of my $200 a month grocery shopping trips and learn the things that I do to save and live well on a low budget with my family of five!
Some of you have wondered where I get my printable coupons. Here are the main coupon sites that I use:
Coupons.com, Smart Source, Red Plum, Ibotta, Snap, Hopster, Checkout 51 and Saving Star. Manufacturer websites and Facebook pages are another great source.
If you are new here and unfamiliar with my weekly What I Spent & Saved posts, it probably is helpful to understand a bit about how I shop. I do something called stockpile shopping. This simply means that when I see an item at rock bottom prices that I regularly use or know that I can use, I’ll buy several of it. This might seem kind of crazy, but it honestly saves me hundreds of dollars a year! Simply put, by buying 6 bags of frozen veggies when I can get them for $0.50/bag with a coupon and sale instead of paying the full price of $1.50, I save $6.00. This savings adds up pretty quickly! Want to know more about this kind of shopping? Up until recently I blogged at Parents.com and one of my readers wrote a great post for me there about 5 Tips to Spend Less but Get More.
I also buy meats and veggies in bulk. The meat I either can or freeze and then obviously have it on hand whenever I need it. I buy large quantities of fruits and veggies when they are in season and I can get them at really great prices. By canning or freezing them, I save a lot and we are able to enjoy great produce for less cost all year long. I do still buy some fresh fruits and veggies too. In fact, every 7 to 10 days I go to our local farmer’s market and get several heads of lettuce so that we can enjoy salads at least 4 times a week.
I hope that helps you make sense of some of this. I realize at first glance it can look like we eat rather strangely but I think we really eat quite well! Of course, if you have any questions feel free to ask them in the comments! I’ll be more than happy to try to answer them.
It was another week where I skipped deal shopping because the deals weren’t that amazing. I also had a number of other things going on that made the week feel rather full and so that helped make the decision of whether it was worth doing the few not-so-great deals pretty easy!
Total Spent: $164.79
Total Saved with Sales: $4.74
Total Saved: $4.74
Saved with Sales : $4.74
I needed brown sugar, eggs and carrots, so I stopped by Aldi and was amazed to discover they had their hot dog and hamburger rolls marked down to $0.10! At first I thought they must be expiring that day, but soon realized that they had about 4 days till their expiration date, so I have no clue why they were marked so low. But I decided to buy several bags to freeze and pull out whenever I need them. Truth is, I rarely buy hot dog and hamburger rolls because we prefer whole wheat rolls. Since I rarely get them made and they are typically so expensive to buy, the occasional times that we eat hot dogs and hamburgers, we often end up just using my regular whole wheat bread. But when we have guests I like to use real rolls, so these will be perfect for those times.
And of course when I’m at Aldi, I almost always end up thinking of other things that I’ll be needing soon too as you can see here.
- napkins $1.49
- Basmati rice $2.99
- mayo $1.89
- 4 Great Northern beans $0.59 each
- carrots $0.99
- Ranch dressing $1.29
- 4 brown sugar $1.19 each
- 2 black beans $0.59 each
- 2 corn chips $0.89
- Kettle chips $1.79
- 2 eggs $1.45 each
- 4 hamburger buns $0.10 each
- 2 hot dog buns $0.10 each
Sharp Shopper: $12.88
I was driving right by this local discount grocery store and decided to stop and see if I could find any deals on meat and cheese. I didn’t find any cheese but I did pretty well on meat! I was especially excited to find “healthy” lunch meat for just $2.00/lb. It has no nitrates or preservatives and the meat is from animals who were never given any antibiotics or hormones. I decided to really stock up on it since I don’t often find that kind of lunch meat for a good price and also because I think we’ll be eating more sandwiches for lunches this summer. Lunch meat freezes really well which is quite handy!
The bacon was a really good price too and while we don’t eat much bacon around here because it is often so expensive, we all love it. But then, I guess it’s a rare person who doesn’t have a thing for bacon!
- bacon $1.99
- 11 lunch meat 8 oz. $0.99 each
CENTERVILLE BULK FOOD: $13.02
- Muenster cheese $2.19/lb. $4.34 total
- red potatoes $0.60/lb.
- apples $0.69/lb.
My mom-in-law and sisters-in-law helped me do about 95 lbs. of strawberries to put in the freezer. I like to lightly sweeten them before I freeze them, but totally forgot to take sugar with me! (We were doing the berries at my in-law’s house.) Thankfully, my dad-in-law was out doing some running and was able to stop and buy us some. It was a bit pricier than what I typically pay, but not incredibly much and there wasn’t much I could do at that point anyway! 🙂 (I can often get it with coupons for $1.50, sometimes even less.)
I bought 110 lb. of fresh strawberries from a local strawberry farm for $1.00.lb. Yes, I know that is a lot of strawberries. 🙂 My husband’s family eats cake and other similar desserts with crushed strawberries on top. And while my man can eat those things when they aren’t topped with strawberries, he really prefers them the way he grew up eating them and our children love their cake with strawberries too. I still haven’t fallen in love with the combo, but enjoy the crushed berries in smoothies and I also make a frozen fruit mix of strawberries, peaches and blueberries that we all think is delicious.
And of course we enjoyed a bunch of these fresh by themselves and in strawberry pie and over shortcake. Mmmm!I never could do this without the help of someone else, because it is a lot of work! My mom-in-law typically helps me each year along with some of my husbands siblings that still live at home. It still is a lot of work (we need to pick the berries too), but it makes it so much easier and is way more fun too! 🙂 Oh and this year it was fun because they helped me one day and then I helped them yesterday when they did strawberries for themselves. I’m so grateful for family that can help each other like that!
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