So I tried something new today…I shopped at 2 grocery stores to get the cheapest items from each. Jonni McCoy in Miserly Moms talks about doing this and I finally did it! =) This isn’t practical for everyone, if you don’t have multiple stores close to you, but I drive right by Albertsons on my way to HEB, so it didn’t add any extra money in gas. I looked up the weekly adds online and picked out what I wanted from both of their sales and here is how I saved:
- Saved $15.03 by buying on sale items (celery, grapes, cilantro, bell peppers, limes, mangoes and whole chickens – only 49 cents/lb!!!)
- Saved $2.43 by buying store brand
- Saved $1.94 by buying sale items
- Saved $7.82 by using in-store coupons and free items. For example I did their meal deal. I bought chicken breasts and got alfredo sauce, cheese, pasta and garlic bread free. I also got the HEB chips free with a purchase of Doritos.
I spent $18.70 at Albertsons and $64.99 at HEB. This includes some non-food (nail polish remover, dish detergent and a gift for someone). So my total was $83.69, which I’m hoping will last us 2 weeks. Even if I do go to the store next week, it should be a smaller amount.
Here’s what I’m planning on us eating.
Breakfasts: toast, oatmeal, cream of wheat, smoothies, apple muffins
Lunches: sandwhiches, burritos, fruit, veggie sticks, chips
- Chicken Alfredo with garlic bread
- Chicken tortilla soup
- Chicken and black bean burritos
- Taco salad
- Either a rice dish with hamburger or chicken (depends on what I feel like)
- Bean burritos
Side dishes for suppers (I usually just decide the day of, what I want to go with our meal):
- Steamed carrots
- Steamed green beans
- Sweet potatoes
- Veggie sticks and dip
- Pico de gallo with tortilla chips