Weekly Totals — 01/28/11

I had a pretty great week this week. Morningstar products FINALLY went on BOGO sale at Publix and, since it’s been 4-5 months since the last sale, I’ve given myself permission to go a little over budget in order to stock up because spending a little more now when I can get them for $0.98/each is definitely not having to buy them when they’re $3.95/each. The sale ends Tuesday at my store and Wednesday at the stores in the next county down, so I’ve got a few more days to hit the sales and grab some rain checks. This is the first time I’ve been able to really stock up since a friend sold us her chest freezer, so I’m REALLY excited!

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This week, I spent $55.84 and got $305.86 worth of groceries for a savings of 82 percent. And, that’s really not THAT much over my goal of $40/week (and only $5 over what I typically spent a week last year). For a detailed spreadsheet of this week’s purchases, click here.

Weekly Totals 01/08

This year, I have a couple of goals in regards to my grocery shopping. First, is to keep a spreadsheet every week of what I spend and what I save, which will help me reach my second goal — to spend only $40 a week on groceries. Now, that’s an average so if there are a few weeks that I go over $40, I would hopefully be under a few weeks to make up the difference.

My first week of 2011 wasn’t too bad. I definitely didn’t have the best week savings-wise, but I only went over my $40 by $5, which I think is a success, especially since last year I spent around $50 a week. Because of Snowpocalypse 2011, which I will post about later, I have a feeling there won’t be much grocery shopping happening this week, if any, which definitely makes up for going over a little this week.

Onto the totals. Last week, I got $82.62 worth of groceries for $45.76, which is a savings of 45 percent. I went to three stores last week — Publix is in black, Kroger is in blue and Food Lion is in red.

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As I said, not my best week ever, but it was still a savings, and I only went over my budget by $5.76.

Weekly Grocery Totals — July 30

This week was a fabulous week. I was way under my budget of $50 a week, which is great. I have a few small things I still need to get, but I won’t pick those up until next week, most likely. I didn’t need much food-wise, since I still have a really good stockpile, so I picked up some things that were on sale that I know we’d use, and I stocked up on more toiletries.

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Publix
4 Bic Soleil Razors
Normally $5.49/each
Rain check for B1G1 sale = $10.98
Coupons = 4/$3 off – $12
Total = $1.02 in overage!

4 Bic Flex 4 Razors
Normally $5.49/each
Rain check for BOGO sale = $10.98
Coupons = 4 $2/off – $8
Total = $2.98 ($0.74/each)

4 boxes Quaker Mini Delight
Normally $2.99/each
On sale BOGO = $5.98
Coupons = 2 $1 off 2 – $2
Total = $3.98

2 Betty Crocker brownie mix
Normally $2.69
On sale BOGO = $2.98
Coupons = $0.75 off 2
Total = $1.94

1 Publix peanuts
Normally $2.39
This week’s penny item
Total = $0.01

1 box Old El Paso dinner kit
Normally $2.95
On sale BOGO = $1.47
Total = $1.47

4 boxes Kellogg’s Pop Tarts
Normally $2.39
On sale BOGO = $4.78
Coupons = 2 $1 off 2
Total = $2.78

1 box Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal
Normally $4.99
On sale B1G1 = $2.49
Coupon = $0.55
Total = $1.94

20 bottles Softsoap handsoap
Normally $1.27
On sale for $1
Coupons = 20 $0.35 off 1 doubled to $0.70 off 1
Total = $6.00

Kroger
1 bag Santitas chips
Normally $2
On sale for $1.88
Total: $1.88

2 bottles Gatorade
Normally $1.09
On sale for $0.99/each
Total = $1.98

10 tubes Crest toothpaste
Normally $2.59
On sale for $1
Coupons = 10 $1 off 1
Total = FREE!

1 6-pack Diet Snapple Iced Tea
Normally $4.99
Coupons = free product coupon
Total = FREE!

4 packs Kroger chili seasoning
$0.59/each
Total = $2.36

Kroger macaroni and cheese
$0.49/each
Total = $1.47

Grand retail total (pre-tax): $145.33
Total paid (pre-tax): $25.79
Savings: 83%

Weekly Grocery Totals — May 26

This was my best shopping week ever. I hoarded my Morningstar coupons until they went back on BOGO sale, and they finally did this week! I plan to go back before the sale ends next Tuesday to get more. This is one of the times that I wish I had an extra freezer in our storage room so I could stock up.

On to the totals. This week, I spent $23.68 and got $93.84 worth of groceries, which is a savings of about 75 percent.

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14 boxes Morningstar products
Normally $3.89/each
On sale B1G1 = $27.23
Coupons = $22.00
Total = $5.23

12 bags Texas Toast croutons
Normally $1.59/each
On sale for $0.99/each
Coupons = 12 $0.50/1 doubled to $1/1
Total = FREE!

5 bags 9 Lives cat food
Normally $3.99/each
Rain check for B1G1 sale = $9.95
Coupons = 5 $1/1
Total = $4.95

1 Publix glass cleaner
Normally $2.19
This week’s penny item
Total = $0.01

1 onion
Total = $1.02

1 bag carrots
Total = $3.99

1 bag stir fry
Total = $2.39

2 bottles Publix iced tea
Normally $2.58/each
On sale B1G1 = $2.58
Coupon = $1
Total = $1.58

1 box baby oatmeal
Total = $1.89

Grocery Deal of the Week

I do my big grocery shopping trips every two weeks to coincide with payday, so I buy two weeks worth of food at a time rather than one week worth as some do. However, in between I hit up the BOGO sales at Publix when I can get really good deals. This was one of those weeks. Since Publix’s sale dates don’t coincide with those of other grocery stores, I don’t think I count them in my weekly totals correctly. What I bought this week probably should be added to my total from my big grocery trip earlier, which would still put me at $80-some for two weeks, which is $40-some a week. Not too shabby.

On to this week’s deals. We were running low on spaghetti and sauce (spaghetti is one of our favorite meals), so when I saw Publix’s BOGO deals this week on Mueller’s pasta and Prego spaghetti sauce, I knew I needed to stock up. I had a $1/3 coupon for the pasta, which made it $0.93 for three boxes, and I had $1/1 coupons for the sauce, which made the jars $0.03 each. Yes, you read that right, THREE CENTS EACH.

So, stock up I did.

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That’s 15 boxes of pasta, 10 jars of sauce and three containers of laundry detergent, which was also BOGO and, with my $2/1 coupon, I got them for $0.99 each. The grand total? $11 for what would have cost me $63. It would have only been $9, but I threw in a pack of sponges that we needed. Not bad at all. I might even use a few more of my coupons to get a few more jars of sauce since, you know, I can get them for $0.03 each. Why not stock up now?

I usually take advantage of the Publix sales to add to my stockpile. When I hit the grocery store next week for my bi-monthly big trip, I won’t be spending much at all since the following week is Passover, and there are only two starches Joe can eat. And, since we have *so* much food in our pantry right now, the shopping trip for the following two weeks will be just as light. Hooray!

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