Here’s my groceries for the first 2 weeks of July. I went to HEB, Sam’s Club and Albertsons.
How I saved at HEB:
- Saved $11.41 by buying generic brand
- Saved $1.36 by buying on sale items
- Saved $3.75 by using coupons (in store Tabasco coupon, in store, buy one get one half off make-up brushes, in store, buy Tostitos chips get HEB chips free, and a printed out Newman’s Own coupon)
My total at HEB was $97.67.
My Albertson’s trip I spent $38.20 and saved $31.38!!!! It was all done by buying on sale items. The 2 roasts were buy one get one free (perfect since Cameron requested a roast as his b-day meal). The chicken breasts, whole chicken, grapes, apples and corn were all on sale too.
It seems like HEB’s everyday prices are generally cheaper, but Albertsons has some great sales, especially in meat. So I’m trying to mostly shop at HEB and stop in at Albertsons for any great sales.
And I spent $43.44 at Sam’s club.
My total in food groceries is: $143.50, leaving me with $106.50 for the rest of the month, which I think is do able, especially since I have 1 roast and 1 whole chicken in the freezer that I’m not even planning on using yet, so I can use them later in the month.
My total in non-food items is: $35.81, leaving me $4.19. I bought toilet paper, toothpaste, aluminum foil, laundry detergent and make-up brushes, I don’t think I’ll have to buy much more in this category this month.
Here’s what’s on the menu plan for the next 2 weeks:
Lunches: Leftovers, sandwiches, burritos
- Roast with carrots, potatoes, gravy and rolls (my mother-in-law brought the rolls). And whole wheat honey carrot cake for dessert. This was Cameron’s birthday meal.
- Stew or pot pie made from leftover roast and rolls
- Black bean quesadillas, fresh salsa and chips, grapes
- Salad with hard boiled or deviled eggs, some sort of fruit
- Chicken and brown rice made with homemade chicken broth and steamed broccoli
- Stuffed peppers made with leftover brown rice and black beans, apples and cream cheese dip from Tammy’s Recipes
- Chicken strips, corn on the cob, millet
- Ramen noodle stir fry (if there’s any leftover millet, I’ll throw that in too)
- Grilled cheese sandwiches (with slices of tomato in them if there’s any left), veggies and dip, mangoes
- Chicken burger sandwiches, homemade oven fries, salad
- Chicken quesadillas (with any leftover chicken), fresh salsa and chips, apples and dip
I’m realizing that planning my meals for 2 weeks, I don’t have to come up with 14 different main meals, between leftovers and eating out I don’t usually end up making every meal I plan.