Friday, July 13, 2012

$50 Grocery Shopping Trip with No Coupons!

It's been ages since I shared a post about my grocery shopping, mostly because I've gotten out of using coupons. It's not that I think coupons are unethical or anything, but my source dried up. As a result, I didn't see the point in posting about boring grocery shopping trips.

However, I recently got some great deals without coupons, so I thought I'd share some pictures and details for inspiration. If you've ever thought good, healthy eating was out of the question on $50 a week, I hope you reconsider after you read this.

One more thing before I show you the pictures ... I have begun making a monthly menu plan so I know how much of each particular meat and vegetable we'll need for a month. That way, when they go on sale, I can get enough to last us until the next sale without having three times as much as we need.

Lest you think we are tied to a strict daily menu, we're not. I simply choose a meal that we're "in the mood for" from the menu plan, regardless of what particular day it may be on. It works great for us!

For any die-hard, make-it-from-scratch readers, please excuse the brownie mixes. At $1/box, they're much cheaper to buy as a mix. I make them about once a week when we have company over.

Here's a quick breakdown of what I got, pictured here:

* 5 brownie mixes @ $1/box
* 10 frozen vegetables (16 ozs each) @ $1 each
* several pounds of boneless pork loin, cut into chops @ $6.61

* 4 bags shredded mozzarella @ $1.55 each
* whole roasting chicken @ $4.75
* honey-roasted turkey breast lunchmeat (1 lb each) @ $2.50 each (buy one/get one sale)
* 2 packages of steak (3 meals' worth for us) @ $4.46
* 2 roasts (4 meals' worth for us) @ $5.39 each (buy one/get one sale)
* bananas @ $2.92

Grand Total: $55.71 (a little bit over $50, but I made up for it the next week)

I was pretty excited about this shopping trip, especially since I was able to purchase about 3/4 of the meat we needed for the month, as well as all the vegetables (our small family only eats half of a bag at a time), except potatoes.


Shoregirl said...

Glad you were able to find the items you needed at a good price! I don't do the monthly planner thing -- but I do shop sales and get the current bargains each week! Happy cooking!

DeeAnn said...

I miss your shopping posts. My coupon sources dried up too. I love all the deals you found. I would have been thrilled to get all those bananas. We eat a lot of bananas in our home. My rabbit loves them.

I won't scoff at the brownies. I make the box mix too. :) I love the idea of making them for company. I am always scrambling for a nice dessert that is not too hard. I always end up doing something hard. I could fancy up the brownies too with yummy nuts.