Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Weekly Grocery Shopping

This month I have started taking a closer look at our grocery spending. I find it rather ridiculous the amount of money we spend at the grocery store, considering I'm usually the only person eating at home and, I don't even eat at home that much.

My last trip resulted in the laundry detergent rambling. Last time I went to Country Mart on 1/08/2009 and my spending totaled $51.99. It looked like this:


I found that small pile to be a bit sickening compared to the price.


Today I decided to try a couple of different stores. First I stopped by Big Lots just to see what they had. I was pleasantly surprised with their grocery selection today and did most of my shopping there. I also stopped by Dollar General to pick up a few more things.

**Note: You might notice there is no meat in either picture. Our freezer is currently stocked with ground beef, chicken, and steaks. I don't usually cook a lot of meat while Steven is gone because I eat out so much.

Today's trip:



Big Lots:

Suddenly Salad (my favorite!) 3 @ $1.50 ea.
fruit juice 1 @ $2.00
Kraft Mac & Cheese Deluxe 1 @ $1.30 (This was a great deal. I found this same box for over $2 at Dollar General!)
Sunflower seeds 1 @ $1.00
Trail Mix 2 @ $1.00 ea.
Oreos 1 @ $2.00
Cereal 1 @ 2.00
Pringles 1 @ $.90 (another good deal - this is the cheapest I have ever found them)
wheat bread 1 @ $1.20 (another deal! This same bread was $2.75 at Dollar General & is usually ~$2.80 at Wal-Mart!)
White bread 1 @ $1.20 (and another deal! This bread is usually $1.85 at Wal-Mart)
6 rolls of toilet paper $3.70 (Quilted Northern, not generic brand stuff!)
12 bars of soap $4.50
Duncan Hines cake mix $1.00

and my best deal...
1 package of a chocolate peppermint bread mix @ $1.50
- I looked up the web site for this product and was shocked. This bread mix usually sells for $8.00!!

total: $30.55

Dollar General
saltines 1 @ $1.00
1/2 gal milk 1 @ $2.50
Cherrios 1 @ $2.00 (these also had a $1.00 coupon on the box for my pop-tarts! woohoo!)
FiberOne strawberry pop-tarts 1 @ $2.00 (before coupon)

total: $6.80

Grand total: $37.35


For more grocery shopping lists and deals, check out The Grocery Cart Challenge.

3 comments:

Carrie said...

Holy cow! I might have to run over to Big Lots next week! I didn't even know they sold stuff like that.

Kim & Ryan said...

Thanks for sharing this. I'm trying to get organized to save money on groceries. I've been sick about how much we spend on food. We eat at home almost every night, though, so that's part of it.

Lori said...

You are too funny! I go to the grocery store every 2 weeks to save money. Those little trips add up too quick. Oh, and I use a list or I would buy the whole store! You'll have to tell me how that chocolate mint bread turns out!