I promise I am not turning this into a coupon blog..
Several people have asked me about my grocery post. They have asked if I save that much money on a regular basis.
But, again, I buy in bulk when things are on sale, and plan my menu based on what I have on hand. I know that it seems odd to buy 12 boxes of Capri-sun, but I will not buy it again for a VERY long time. I will use them in packed lunches. 120 packed lunches.
8 pounds of bologna??? I will vacum seal these, and it will last a very long time. (I don't like to feed my kids a lot of processed meat, so these will be used in between much healthier choices.) My vacum sealer keeps meat fresh in the freezer for about a year!
12 boxes of Macaroni and cheese?? I will donate about half of these - they were all free.
The low fat cheese I will vacum seal and use all the time. I LOVE cheese.
I think I bought Velveeta for the first time in about 10 years, I don't like it, but thought it would work with the free Ro-Tel for Super Bowl Sunday. (See, I'm already planning ahead :)
Next week I will use a portion of my grocery budget to stock up on whatever is on sale, that we use frequently. It is a cycle, and keeps whatever we need on hand. But, I am always on the lookout for good deals on 'convenience foods'. This way, on those nights you just don't want to cook - or you have to get to practice for 5 different sports- we can skip the drive -thru.
Here is my list from Kroger and Publix: 3 wheat thins 2 Triscuits 12 boxes Kraft Mac and Cheese 8 lbs. bologna 2 cans green chiles 2 cans Ro-tel 5 blocks Kraft low fat, natural cheese 3 bags Kradt shredded low fat cheese 2 lb. Velveeta (yuck) 12 boxes Capri-Sun 1 12 roll pack Northern TP 1 8 roll back Brawney paper towels 4 4pks Benevia juice 1 gallon skim milk 6 scrubbing bubbles cleaner 2 boxes Texas Toast garlic bread 1 lb. butter 2 bottles vitamin D 5 bars Johnson & Johnson soap 3 lbs lean ground beef kosher salt 1 box knox gelatin 2 Pam cooking spray 3 Japanese noodles 2 bottles Bayer 4 bottles Aleve 1 Sabra Hummus (this stuff is gooood!)
Total before sales and coupons $257.93 Total savings $207.66
Total spent $50.27 (not including tax)
I will use another $10 for more milk and fresh produce. Not too bad for a family of 5.
Now, let's get back to the painting and sewing....