Sunday, May 12, 2013

Shopping Trip 5-11-13 ($84.72)

So, when we came back from Tillamook yesterday we decided that we need to stop and get some items at Safeway (bread, milk, etc) ... so here is my shopping trip that wasn't planned ...

1 - Safeway Cupcake Liners (1.69)
2 - Pretzels (on sale w/J4U 1.99 each)
1 - Lays Stax Chips (on sale 1.25)
1 - Dasani Water (4.99)
1 - Corn Chips (4.59 - they were suppose to be 2.99 ... grrr)
2 - 7up 12pks (6.99 each - part of B2G3 Free)
1 - Squirt (6.99 each - part of B2G3 Free)
1 - Root Beer (6.99 each - part of B2G3 Free)
1 - Sunkist Orange (6.99 each - part of B2G3 Free)
1 - Frozen Biscuits (3.99 ... Todd was making Mother's Day breakfast)
1 - Gold n' Soft (on sale .69)
1 - Digiorno Pizza (on sale 5.00)
1 - Gallon Whole Milk (2.59)
1 - Garlic Bread (1.99)
1 - Franz Bread (3.49)
1 - Sausage (3.99 ... Todd was making Mother's Day breakfast)
2 - Steaks (on sale 12.14)
2 - Lobster Tails (on sale 4.99 each)
Bananas (1.20)
1 - Bag of Red Potatoes (on sale 2.49)
1 - 10lb Bag of Potatoes (1.99)
1 - Ceasar Salad (on sale w/J4U .50)

Safeway Total:  $84.72
Monthly Total: $188.01
Year-To-Date Total: $1485.86

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Shopping Trip 5-4-13 ($103.29)

Safeway

1 - Gallon of Vinegar (4.49)
4 - Scooby Doo Fruit Snacks (w/J4u and coupons .87 each wyb 4)
1 - Rold Gold Pretzels ... for fishing (on sale 3.00)
1 - Frito Scoops (on sale 2.00)
1 - Cheetos (on sale 2.00)
4 - Poptarts 12cts (on sale 1.99 each wyb 4)
1 - Baby Dill Pickles (3.55)
1 - Graham Cracker Crumbs ... for a dessert I didn't make for the coffee party (4.19)
1 - Triscuits (on sale 2.50)
1 - Dasani Water (4.99)
1 - Chopped Pecans ... for a dessert I did make for the coffee party (3.99)
1 - Gordita Tortillas (3.49)
1 - Capri Sun (on sale 1.99)
3 - Philly Cream Cheese ... for a dessert I didn't make for the coffee party - used 1 (w/J4u and coupons 1.26 each)
2 - Darigold Butter (on sale 2.99 each)
4 - Coffee Mate Creamers ... for the coffee party that I was getting a good deal ... but fail (2.16 each)
1 - Tillamook Sour Cream ... for a dessert I did make for the coffee party (2.19)
1 - Gallon of whole milk (2.59)
1 - Garlic Bread (1.99)
6 - Top Sirloin Steaks (on sale 18.11)
2 - Oranges (1.15)
1 - Iceberg Lettuce (.99)
2 - White Corn (.50 each)
1 - Yellow Onion (.49)
1 - Tomato (1.45)
Raw Walnuts ... for a dessert I didn't make for the coffee party (3.20)
2 - Lemons (.50 each)
2 - Raspberries ... for a dessert I didn't make for the coffee party (3.99 each)
1 - Blueberries ... for a dessert I didn't make for the coffee party (3.99)
   - used 10.00 off 50.00 purchase coupon

I bought alot of additonal items that I didn't need due to I was unsure what I wanted to make for the coffee party ... in case you are wondering I made a One-Step Pound Cake with Lemon Icing, Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese Frosting, and a Coffee Cake.

Safeway Total:  $103.29
Monthly Total: $103.29
Year-To-Date Total: $1401.14

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Shopping Trip 4-26 & 4-27

I think that I did really good shopping this weekend, however, my hubby decided to stop by Walmart on his way home on Friday night since he needed bread for work on Saturday.  Check out his quick trip to Walmart below along with some of my great free items at Safeway!

Walmart (Todd's Trip):

2 - Doritos (2.98)
1 - Fritos (2.68)
1 - Cheetos (1.98)
2 - Mountain Dew Cubes (6.48 each ... grrr they were on sale at Safeways for 5.00 each!)
   - used 2.00 off 2 coupon (he found the coupons in store and brought home extras - I guess I'm making some progress!)
1 - Sourdough Bread (4.18 ... OH MY GOSS!!!)
1 - Iceberg Lettuce (1.12)
Turkey Lunch Meat (9.70)

Walmart Total:  38.98

Safeway:

2 - Pepsi Cubes (on sale 5.00 each)
   - used 2.00 off 2 coupon
3 - Jif 18oz (J4U price 2.51 each)
2 - 7-up Cubes (on sale 5.00 each)
1 - Yoplait GoGurt - big pack (J4U price FREE)
1 - Safeway reusable Bag (J4U price FREE)
   - used 5.00 off coupon (from buying 3 Mother's Day cards)

Safeway Total:  25.33

Fred Meyer:

1 - 1/2 Gallon Milk (1.25 with coupon)
1 - 1/2 Gallon Chocolate Milk (1.25 with coupon)
2 - 1/2 Gallons Orange Juice (1.25 each with coupon)
1 - Finish Tabs (on sale 5.99)
   - used 1.25 off coupon

Fred Meyer Total:  9.74

Winco:

1 - Shredded Wheat Cereal (2.78)
1 - Raisin Bran Cereal (1.98)
1 - Pkg of Boneless Chicken Breast (8.54)
1 - Mrs. Buttersworth Syrup (1.98)
1 - Pkg of Steaks (12.70)
2 - Nutter Butters (1.50 each)
1 - Gorditas (2.38)
2 - Chocolate Pudding (1.18 each)
2 - Keebler Pie Crusts (1.88 each)
1 - Box of EasyMac (2.48)
Braeburn Apples (1.63 total)
Bananas (.68 total)
1 - Lettuce (.88)
Onions (.75 total)
2 - Franz Bread (2.18 each)
1 - Franz Bagels (1.98)
1 - Garlic Bread (1.98)
   - 10.00 off 50.00 purchase coupon

Winco Total:  44.22

Weekly Total:$118.27
Monthly Total: $279.36 (did I really end up under budget ... I will if I don't go shopping again!!!)
Year-To-Date Total: $1297.85

Friday, April 26, 2013

Grocery Shopping 4-21-13 ($52.74)

So, in all honesty I have no idea if I went grocery shopping or not last weekend ... I can't find any receipts around here and I really can't remember buying anything so I'm going to go with the fact that this was my next trip to the store (sometimes things get busy around here and I don't get to the grocery store!)

Winco:

1 - Dasani Water (4.98)
2 - Nutty Bars (1.28 each)
1 - Fritos (1.68)
1 - Gallon of Milk (2.56)
1 - 10lb bag of potatoes (1.68)
4 - Totinos pizzas (1.25 each)
1 - Lettuce (.88)
1 - Gordita Shells (2.38)
1- Tomato (.49)
4 - Braeburn Apples (1.56)
1 - Baby Carrots (1.18)
1 - Six Cheese Italian Blend (1.98)
3 - White Onions (1.58 total)
4 - Banans (.65 total)
2 - Mozzarella Grated Cheese (2.52 each)
1 - 5lb bag of Red potatoes (1.47)
1 - Celery (1.62)
1 - Animal Crackers (1.98)
Deli Turkey (6.16 total)
2 - Franz Bread (1.98 each)
2 - Pork Sirloin Roasts (7.71 total)
2 - French Fries (1.28 each)
1 - Nabisco Crackers (1.88)
   - used 10.00 off 50.00 purchase

Winco Total:  $52.74
Monthly Total: $161.09 ($138.91.left for the month.)
Year-To-Date Total: $1179.58

Grocey Shopping 4-7-13 ($29.42)

So, we also needed a bag of flour at Winco ... so here is a breakdown of that shopping trip.

Winco:

2 - Lemons (.28 total)
2 - White Onions (1.54 total)
2 - Butters (2.48 each)
1 - Heinz Ketchup (2.54)
1 - Kosher Baby Pickles (2.48)
1 - Nutter Butter (1.50)
1 - French Fries (1.28)
1 - Gold 'n Soft Margarine (1.17)
1 - 25lb bag of flour (13.67)

Winco Total:  $29.42
Monthly Total: $108.35 ($191.65 left for the month.)
Year-To-Date Total: $1126.84

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Grocery Shopping 4-6-13 ($78.93)

Well, its April ... hopefully I will do a better job staying in much budget this month.  Here's my first shopping trip of the month:

Safeway:

2 - Pepsi 24packs - for Todd, I have only drank 1 since the first of the year ... on Easter at my mom and dads (on sale 5.00 each + deposit)
1 - Salt (.79)
3 - Quaker Chewy Dipps (on sale 1.88 each)
   - used .50 J4U coupon
2 - Kelloggs Poptarts (on sale 1.99 each)
1 - Jif Peanut Butter (on sale 7.99)
1 - Squirt 12 pack (on sale 2.50 + deposit)
1 - A & W Rootbeer 12 pack (on sale 2.50 + deposit)
1 - Gordita Tortilla (3.49)
1 - Capri Sun (on sale 1.79)
1 - Hefty Kitchen Bags (on sale, along with 3.00 off when you buy 2 participating products - 3.06)
1 - Charmin Ultra Strong (on sale, along with 3.00 off when you buy 2 participating products - 8.59)
2 - Totino's Pizzas (1.50 each)
1 - Whole Milk (2.59)
1 - Franz White Bread (on sale 2.29)
1 - Chuck Pot Roast (on sale for 10.55)
1 - Pork Shoulder Roast (on sale for 8.04)
Bunch of Bananas (1.36)
1 - Iceberg Lettuce (on sale .79)
Celery (1.99)
Hothouse Tomatoes (2.44)
1 - White Onion (.95)
1 - Baby Carrots (1.50)
   - used 10.00 off 50.00 purchase

Safeway Total:  $78.93
Monthly Total: $78.93 (221.07 left for the month.)
Year-To-Date Total: $1097.42

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Grocery Shopping 3-23 & 3-24 ($86.89)

Safeway 3-23-13

2 - Cases of Dasani Water (on sale 3.99 each)
1 - Brawny Paper Towels (on sale J4U 5.00)
1 - All Detergent 100 oz (on sale J4U 5.00)
1 - Gallon of Milk (2.59)
1 - Coast to Coast Sourdough Bread (2.99)
2 - Franz Bread (on sale 2.49 each)
Bananas (.92)
1 - Iceberg Lettuce (1.99)
1 - White Onion (2.18)
1 - Tomato (1.21)
1 - Bag of Russet Potatoes (on sale J4U $1.87)
1 - Bag of Red Potatoes (2.99)
1 - Suave Shampoo (on sale 1.99)
1 - Mesquite Turkey Breast J4U 5.25)

Safeway Total:  $49.34

Fred Meyer 3-24-13
3 - Nabisco Crackers (on sale 3/5.00 w/in-ad coupon)
2 - Fred Meyer Butter (on sale 1.79 each w/in-ad coupon)
4 - Farmland Bacon (on sale 2.99 each w/in-ad coupon)
1 - Ham (17.01)

Fred Meyer Total:  $37.55

Weekly Total:  $86.89
Monthly Total:  $406.67 (106.67 over budget for the month ... grrrr)
Year-To-Date Total:  $1018.49 (118.49 over in the first quarter ... lots to make up over the next 9 months!)

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Grocery Shopping 3-16-13 ($132.43)

So, I'm over budget already this month ... I'm starting to think that $300 a month is a little unrealist for our current eating habits ... but I'm not going to give up on it that easily ... as you can see I added a line in last weeks budget for Year-to-Date so I have an overall picture of where I am with my budget.  So here is this weeks results:

Fred Meyer:

3 - Half Gallons of Milk (on sale for 1.00 each)
2 - Half Gallons of Orange Juice (on sale for 1.00 each)
2 - Baby loaves of Tillamook Cheese (on sale 4.99 each)
2 - Doritos (on sale 2.00 each)
Yukon Potatoes (2.16)
3 - Hormel Bacons (on sale for 3.77 each)
2 - Digiorno Pizzas (on sale 3.99 each)

Fred Meyer Total:  $40.43

Safeway:

2 - Pepsi 24 pks (on sale 4.00 each w/J4U)
3 - Safeway Marinades (on sale .99 each w/J4U)
2 - Sunchips (on sale 2.49 each w/J4U)
3 - Quaker Granola Bars (on sale for 3/4.98 w/J4U)
2 - Hershey Cocoa (on sale 2.48 w/J4U)
1 - Rice Krispie Treats (on sale 1.49 w/J4U)
1 - Arrowhead Water (on sale 3.79)
4 - Barilla Pastas (on sale 1.00 each)
   - .50 off coupon
1 - Gordita Tortilla Shells (3.49)
2 - Kleenex Tissues (on sale 2 for 1.00 w/J4U)
2 - Reames Noodles (on sale 2.50 each)
4 - Totino's Pizzas (on sale 4 for 5.00)
2 - Franz Breads (on sale for 2.49 each)
1 - Whole Chicken (on sale 5.46)
1 - London Broil (on sale 7.43)
1 - Raw Shrimp 2 lbs (on sale 9.98)
Bananas (on sale .26)
1 - Iceberg Lettuce (1.29)
1 - Safeway Carrots (on sale .99)
1 - Fresh Express Salad (on sale 1.59)
1 - Croutons (on sale 1.25)
Deli Smoked Turkey (on sale 5.05 w/J4U)

Safeway Total:  $92.00

Weekly Total:  $132.43
March Total:  $319.78 (guess I won't be doing much shopping for the rest of the month!)
Year-to-Date Total:  $931.60

Safeway 3-9-13 ($70.62)

I know its taking me forever to post my last weeks shopping trip (probably because my receipt was lost in my truck ... but guess what ... I found it today), but here it is:

Safeway:

2 - Cheetos (3.49 B1G1 Free)
2 - Quaker Granola Bars (on sale for 2.50 each)
2 - Darigold Butter (on sale 3.49 each)
1 - Danimals Crunchers (on sale 2.00)
1 - Gallon of Milk (2.59)
1 - Flintstone Gummies (on sale 12.99)
1 - Garlic Bread (1.99)
1 - French Bread (on sale .99)
1 - Franz White Bread (on sale 2.49)
1 - Boneless Roast (on sale 9.63)
1 - Eat Right Chicken Breasts (on sale 8.12)
2 - Onions (2.45)
1 - 8lb bag of Oranges (5.99)
1 - 10lb bag of Potatoes (1.99)
1 - Deli Counter Mesquite Turkey (on sale 3.92)

Safeway Total:  $70.62

March Total:  $187.35
Year-to-Date:  $799.17

Friday, March 1, 2013

Shopping 3-1-13 ($116.73)

It seems like tonight's shopping trip was based on snack foods for fishing ... you know Hagg Lake opens up tomorrow morning for trout and Easton is very excited!!!  I have been pretty busy with the chicks hatching so I didn't get anything baked so I had to pick up some junk food to last for the next few months of fishing.

Albertsons:

10 - Pudding Snack Packs (on sale .80 each wyb 10)
2 - Mountain Dew Cubes (on sale 5.99 each)
3 - Cadbury Mini Eggs (on sale 3/10.00)
Bag of Apples (.88/lb)
   - used 1.00 off bag of Apples coupon on bag
2 - Heads of Lettuce (.99 each)

Albertsons Total:  $40.40

Safeway:

1 - Rold Gold Pretzels (on sale 2.50)
   - used 1.00 off J4U coupon
1 - Ragu Pizza Sauce (on sale 1.59)
1 - Rice Krispie Treats (on sale for 1.99)
   - used .50 off J4U Coupon
4 - Poptarts (on sale 1.99 each)
10 - Gatorade (on sale .79 each w/coupon)
2 - Arrowhead Water (on sale for 4.49 each)
   - personal price took off another 1.11 each
1 - 10 RootBeer (on sale .25)
2 - 10 Sunkist Orange (on sale .25 each)
1 - Danon Danimals (on sale 2.00)
5 - Totino's Pizzas (on sale 1.25 each)
   - used J4U Coupons and it took off all 7.50
1 - Gallon Whole Milk (2.59)
1 - Feminine Hyg Product (on sale 6.99)
1 - French Bread (1.99)
   - used 1.00 off J4U Coupon
2 - Franz Bread (on sale for 2.49 each)
   - used .50 off each J4U Coupon
2 - Mini Doughnuts (on sale 1.00 each)
1 - Hormel Pepperoni (2.49)
New York Strip Steak (on sale for 22.06)
   - used 5.00 off 20.00 RR J4U Coupon
1 - Italian Sausage (3.99)
Bananas (.45/lb)
Red Potatoes (.89/lb)
1 - Baby Carrots (1.49)
Black Forest Ham (on sale 5.00/lb)
Mesquite Turkey Breast (on sale 5.00/lb)

   - used 10.00 off 50.00 purchase coupon

Safeway Total:  $76.33

March Total:  116.73 (now I have 30 day to live on $183.27 for groceries ... sounds like a good challenge!)

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Safeway 2-27-13 ($3.98 - we were desperate!)

Todd worked on Thursday and I had him stop by the store on the way home ... we were in desperate need of bread and red potatoes for dinner.

Safeway:

1 - Franz Bread (1.99)
1 - 10 lb bag potatoes (1.99)

Total:  $3.98

February Total:  $312.87 (not to much over for the month!)

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Shopping 2-15-13 & 2-18-13 (77.72 - yep I busted my February budget!)

This past week has been so busy getting ready for Tillamook last weekend.  But the weekend was great and worth every minute of the last two weeks getting ready for it!!!

Cash & Carry (I've went there twice this month getting things for my dad's surprise Retirement Party ... this is the reason I went over budget ... I have no control there!!!):

1 - 20 lb box of Fettuccini Noodles (15.68)

Cash & Carry Total:  $15.68

WinCo Foods:

1 - 25lb bag of Quick Oats (13.79)
1 - Bulk Baking Soda (.89)
1 - Bag of Popsicles (1.80 - should have went shopping without Todd)
1 - Bag of French Fries (1.28)
1 - Don Pancho Gorditos (2.68)
1 - Bulk Regular Oats (4.67)
2 - Pork Picnic Roasts (7.96 for both)
1 - Corn Chex (1.98)
1 - Half and Half (1.58)
1 - Danimals Yogurt (1.98)
1 - Brownie Mix (.68)
1 - Bunch of Bananas (1.23)
1 - Head of Lettuce (1.27)
1 - Franz Bread (1.98)
1 - 5lb Bag Red Potatoes (1.78)
1 - Franz Bagels (1.98)
1 - Stovetop Stuffing (1.68)
2 - Nutty Bars (1.28 each)
1 - Bulk Cake Flour (1.31)
2 - Onions (1.22 for both)
1 - Gallon of Milk (2.56)
1 - Case Dasani Water (3.98)

Winco Total:  $62.04

Spent in February:  $308.89 (so I'm already over for the month and I still have one more week to shop before March.  My plan is to spent what I need to get by and to let go of this month ... it is what it is ... hopefully next month will be better)

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Shopping 2-7-13 & 2-9-13 ($121.30)

I had Todd stop by Walmart this week ... I was in desperate need of water (we live on a well and I don't really like the taste ... even though everyone else says it is fine - maybe it just the idea of it!)

Walmart:

2 - 24pks Dasani Water (4.98/each)
1 - Franz Bread (2.28)
1 - Beef Salami - Todd's lunch, YUCK (4.88)

Walmart Total:  $19.52

Cash $ Carry (possible budget breaker this month):

1 - Loaf of Bread (1.77)
1 - 25 lb bag C & H Sugar (12.50)
3 - Unsalted Butter (2.18 each)
1 - Italian Seasoning (5.46)
1 - Box of Cornbread Mix (4.65)
1 - Box of Gallon Freezer Bags (4.57)

Cash & Carry Total:  $35.49

Safeway (I hate Safeway B_G_Free Soda Deals ... after this week I will not try to mix and match it never works out for me!):

1 - Pepsi 12 pk (3.99)
2 - Mug 12 pk (3.99 each)
1 - Lasagna Noodles (1.99)
3 - Fettucine Noodles (1.00 each)
   - used .50 off J4U Coupon
2 - Cheetos (1.49 each)
2 - Fritos (1.49 each)
2 - 7up 12 pks (6.99 each - see this is what I mean ... grr)
1 - Gorditas (3.49)
1 - Gold n Soft (1.19)
   - used .50 off J4U Coupon
1 - Gallon Whole Milk (2.29 Personalized Price)
1 - Bunch of Bananas (.45/lb)
4 - Apples (1.29/lb)
1 - Iceberg Lettuce (1.29)
1 - Onion (1.79/lb - Todd went to get this ... I think we could have lived without)
1 - Tomato (2.99/lb - Todd went to get this ... I think we could have lived without)
1 - Deli Turkey (7.19)
1 - Deli Ham (5.65)

Safeway Total:  $66.29

Spent in February:  $231.17 (and we aren't even half way through the month!  Hope I can stay within my budget).

Friday, February 1, 2013

Safeway - 2-1-13 ($109.87 spent)

So, I went to the store today and  mainly stocked up on Super Bowl food (ohhh and Homemade Ice Cream!!!)  Our main menu will be from food we already have in the pantry and in the freezer.  Here is an overview of what we picked up this week:

Trip 1 (aka Todd's shopping trip)

3 - Cubes of Mountain Dew on sale for 5.00 each (+ deposit)
1 - Lays Potato Chips on sale for 1.99
1 - Tostitos Dip on sale for 2.49
1 - Lucerne Cream Cheese on sale for 1.79
1 - Lucerne 1/2 and 1/2 @ 3.79
2 - Lucerne Heavy Whipping cream @ 4.29 each
1 - Gold N'Soft @ 1.19
1 - Lucerne Butter @ 3.39
2 - Tillamook Sour Cream on sale for 1.79 each
1 - Franz White Bread @ 2.99
1 - Sara Lee Slider Buns on sale for 2.99
1 - Swiss Cheese @ 4.99
   - used $10.00 off $50.00 purchase coupon

Trip 1 Total:  $46.37

Trip 2 (aka Melissa's shopping trip)

1 - Traditional Brownie Mix on sale for .99
1 - Safeway Rock Salt @ .99
4 - PopTarts on sale for 1.49 each
1 - Canned Artichoke Hearts on sale for 2.99
1 - Triscuit on sale for 1.88
1 - Mission Tortilla Chips on sale for 2.99
1 - Sunkist Ten (2 liter) on sale for .00 (+ deposit)
4 - Capri Suns on sale for 1.99 each
   - used B3G1 Free coupon
   *received $3.00 off next purchase catalina
3 - Vanity Fair Napkins on sale for 3/5.00
3 - Digorno Pizzas on sale 2/5.15
   - used B2G1 Free coupon
1 - Large Ice @ 3.99
2 - Gallons of Milk on sale for 2.29 each (I am going to use one to make my own Mozzarella!!!)
1 - Pkg Chicken Breast Tenders @ 9.22
1 - 2lb Raw Shrimp on sale for 5.00/lb
1 - Carton of Cracked Crab @ 6.59
2 - Radishes @ .50 (the cashier rang them up as limes and I didn't catch it)
1 - Head of Letuce @ 1.29
1 - Bunch of Celery @ 1.49
Red Potatoes on sale for .79/lb
1 - Onion @ 1.79/lb
1 - Organic Carrots on sale for 1.29
   - used $10.00 off $50.00 purchase coupon

Trip 2 Total:  $63.50

So, not a bad start to the month ... hopefully we can stay within budget!!! Happy Shopping and I hope everyone has a safe Super Bowl weekend!!!




Sunday, January 27, 2013

February 2013 Menu Plan

Here's a rough outline of what I'm planning for dinner next month (some items may be changed depending on our budget, time and mood).

Monthly Menu Plan
for Month of February 2013
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
          1 2
Main           Mac and Cheese Potato Soup
Side/Veg           Green Salad Asst. Veggies w/Ranch
Other           Homemade Bread  
Dessert             Cake
3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Main   Chicken Kabobs Hamburger Gravy Spicy Oven - Baked Pepper Shrimp Tacos Salmon Homemade Lasagne
Side/Veg SuperBowl Finger Foods Applesauce Mashed Potatoes Noodles Asst. Veggies w/Ranch Red Potatoes, Salad Green Salad
Other     Green Beans Homemade Bread      
Dessert Homemade IceCream Homemade IceCream Homemade IceCream       Apple Crisp
10 11 12 13 14 15 16
Main Sunday Pot Roast Pizza Bread Leftover Lasagne Sausage Chicken Breasts Plans Plans
Side/Veg Potatoes & Carrots Peaches Asst Veggies w/Ranch French Fries Fruit Salad (Banana, Orange, Apple)    
Other Homemade Bread     Peaches      
Dessert   Brownies          
17 18 19 20 21 22 23
Main Plans Hamburgers Pork Roast Homemade Pizza Night Shrimp and Noodles Whole Chicken Breakfast
Side/Veg   Asst. Veggies w/Ranch Applesauce Asst Fruit   Mashed Potatoes, Gravy Bacon & Eggs
Other     Rolls Homemade Bread Frozen Veg  
Dessert       Monster Cookies   Cinnamon Rolls
24 25 26 27 28   *Be Sure March
Main Chicken Noodle Soup Tacos Steak Hamburger Gravy Chicken  Breasts   Menu is Complete
Side/Veg   Asst Veggies w/Ranch Baked Potatoes White Rice Fruit Salad (Banana, Orange, Apple)   (by 2-22-13)
Other Homemade Bread   Broccoli & Cheese Green Beans Homemade Bread    
Dessert     Cookies        

End of January (and I actually stayed within my budget)

So, today we went to Walmart to pick up a few things.  There was a lot of things that we could of picked up, however, I really am trying to stay within my $300/mo budget.  Here is what I managed to pickup and stay within my budget.

1 - Gallon of Milk - 2.58
1 - Salt - .62
1 - Hormel Pepperoni - 2.98
6 - Budding Lunch Meat - .58/each
1 - French Bread - 1.68 (I wonder when the price went up ... used to be 1.00 a loaf)
1 - Franz White Bread - 2.68

Walmart Total:  $16.40

January Total:  $298.95 (I stayed within my budget!!!)

So, after having a very tight budget to work with this week, I learned that we need to do better next month about spreading our budget more evenly.  However, we also learned that really I have a lot of items in my house, and we really don't need much to get by cooking at home.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Winco 1-18-13 ($54.66)

So, today we went to Winco to use that fabulous $10 off $50 purchase that I received in the mail earlier this week (gotta love GREAT coupons!)  Here is what we picked up:

Carrots - 1.48
Green Pepper - .47/each
Fuji Apples - .87/lb
Celery - .57/lb
Yellow, Orange, and Red Peppers - .48/each
Bananas - .51/lb
Head of Lettuce - .84/each
Bag of Salad - .87/each
Red Onion - .47/lb
Picnic Pork (I have no idea about these, but they look like a pork roast) - 7.07 for 2
Deli Sliced Ham - 4.74
Hard Taco Shells - .98/12 ct
Deli Sliced Turkey - 2.29
4 - Totinos Pizza (sometimes we just need EASY) - .98/each
French Fries - 1.28/each
2 - White Onions - .78/lb
Swiss Cheese - 5.82
2 - Frozen Orange Juice Concentrate - 1.12/each
2 - Jiffy Corn muffin Mixes - .50/each
Baby Dill Pickles - 2.48/each
McCormick's Gravy Mix - .48/each
2 - Jiffy Blueberry Muffin Mix - .60/each
Ice Cream Bars - 2.94/12pk
5lb bag of Red Potatoes - 1.78
Regular Oats (bulk) - .89/lb ... ok, so I have never bought anything from the bulk section so this
     was a first step for me.  I was happy that this was in the dispensers that you pull to open as
     opposed to the open bins (where the Old Fashioned Oats are) ... so we will give this a try.
Herb/Garlic Marinade - 1.68/each
C&H Brown Sugar - 1.68/each
Franz White Bread - 1.98/each
2 - Hunts Pudding Packs - .78/4pk
Heinz Ketchup - 2.54/each
Sourdough Bread - 2.98/each
Don Pancho Gorditas - 1.78/each

     *Used $10.00 off $50.00 purchase coupon

Winco - $54.66

Total Spend in January (so far): $282.55 (out of my $300/month budget - so I have $17.45 left in my budget for the month ... ohhh my!!!)




Thursday, January 17, 2013

Target 70% off Clearance

So this morning Target FINALLY (I've been waiting for over a week!) was pricing down their clearance toys from 30 and 50% off to 70% off.  I think I picked up a lot of presents for upcoming birthdays and maybe even one or two for Christmas 2013!  Here is what I got:

Games:

Skip-Bo - $3.14 ($10.49 regular price)
Blokus - $6.92 ($22.99 regular price)
BlackSheep - $4.94 ($16.49 regular price)
Simon Flash Yahtzee - $7.48 ($24.99 regular price)

Toys:

2 - Big Boots sets (Easton really wants this - but Grandma Fran bought him one for his birthday - mine are for 2 other special people) - $11.68/each ($38.99 regular price each)
2 - Paper Jams Microphone (Easton loves to sing, but it says for ages 8+ so we will see) $8.24/each ($24.49 regular price each)
1 - Hot Wheels Monster Jam Set $6.88 ($22.99 regular price)
1 - Jake Pirate Castle $11.98 ($39.99 regular price) --- will probably use as decoration for Easton's pirate themed Birthday Party!
2 - Thomas the Train (plastic sets) 9.17/each ($30.99 regular price each)
1 - Thomas the Train expansion track set $5.98 ($19.99 regular price)
1 - Poppin Park Baby Ride-On Toy $8.98 ($29.99regular price)
1 - Barbie Set Bike $8.36 ($27.99 regular price)
1 - Barbie Set Squinkies $7.48 ($24.99 regular price)

Total spent this morning:  $130.32 ... however I picked up 16 items.  My estimated savings was:  $299.52.  My gift closet is restocked and I feel like I picked up some good deals.  I hope that anyone who went out has as good of luck as I did!  Happy Shopping!

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Albertsons and Safeway 1-13-13 ($63.57)

So today I headed out with my double coupons in hand to Albertsons ... with dreams of getting super cheap syrup (my child would eat Pancakes and Waffles with lots of syrup at every meal if I let him).  Well it was another disappointing trip to Albertsons ... no Mrs. Butterworths in the store, but they might get some in tomorrow afternoon - which would be great if I didn't live 50 minutes away :(  Well, here is what I picked up while I was there:

1 - Ken's Honey Mustard Dressing (on sale 1.67/each)
   - used 1.00 off coupon
   - used Alberstons Double (they took off $1.00, lucky me!)
4 - Finish Power Tabs 20 count (on sale 3.99 each)
   - used (4) 2.15 off coupons
1 - Frigo String Cheese (on sale for 3.49/each)
   - used .55 off coupon
   - used Albertsons Double (.55 off)
3 - Halls Cough Drops (1.99/each - on sale B2G1 Free)
   - used 1.00 off 2 coupon
   - used Albertsons Double (1.00 off)
1 - 5lbs of Applewood Bacon (on sale 2.99/lb)
2 - 1lb bag of Carrots (1.69/each, I never seem to get the produce right there ... thought it was .79/each --- grrrr)

Albertsons Total:  $29.73

We also made a quick trip into Safeway, and here's what we got:

2 - 24pks Mountain Dew (5.00/each)
1 - 24pk Pepsi (5.00/each)
4 - Capri-Sun (1.67/each w/in-ad coupon)
   - used B3G1 Free coupon
3 - Herbal Essence Shampoo/Conditioner (on sale 1.49/each)
   - used (3) 1.00 off coupon
   - used Safeway Double (1.50 off)
1 - French Bread (1.99/each)
2 - Franz Bread (1.96/each w/J4U price - also on sale B1G1 Free)
1 - Hormel Pepperoni (2.49)
1 - Bunch of Bananas @ .59/lb

Safeway Total:  $33.84

Total Spend in January (so far): $227.89 (out of my $300/month budget - that doesn't give me much to work with the rest of the month.)

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Fred Meyer 1-11-13 ($16.92)

So I am still fighting this stupid cold that I have now had for almost 2 weeks ... grrr ... and worse than that is hubby has now gotten sick (started yesterday) ... on the good side we haven't been doing much shopping because neither of us want to go to the store.  I did want to pick up a few things at Fred Meyer's while they were on sale this week, so we stopped yesterday afternoon - here's what I got:

Oranges ... yep we are sick ... @.50/lb
1 - Whole Chicken @ .89/lb
2 - Bunches of Lettuce @.98/each
3 - 1/2 Gallons of Whole Milk @.99/each w/in-ad coupon (I'm hoping to make cheese if I get feeling better this week - Mozzarella)
1 - 1/2 Gallon of Orange Juice @ .99/each w/in-ad coupon
1 - White Onion @.89/lb
4 - SoftSoap Pumps on sale for .88/each

Total:  $16.92

Total Spend in January (so far):  $164.32 (out of my $300/month budget)

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Grocery Shopping - January ($147.40 spent ... thats almost half my budget!)

Well, I'm not sure how well my $300 a month grocery budget is going to hold up when it is only January 5th and I have spend almost half of my budget.  I foresee a lot of eating out of the freezer in the follow weeks.  Well, here is what I have spent so far this year:

Amazon - $16.86

I stocked up on Charmin toilet paper ... I love buying in bulk from Amazon when I can get it cheaper that any of our local stores and it gets delivered to my door!!!

Target - $3.00

I totally scored today at Target!  Stopped in to check on clearance toys to see what was marked down to 30% right now, so I would have an idea what to look for when it hits 70% off.  I made my little list and can't wait till it actually happens.  While I was there I floated by the Christmas clearance section marked down to 90% off (and pretty much picked over) ... however, on the bottom shelf their was a large amount of Christmas (red, green, and brown) semisweet chocolate chips ... I heard a lady say that she scanned them and they came up .25 each!!!  Crazy good deal ... I grabbed 12 and headed over to the price checker and sure enough .25 each (those are regularly 2.99 to 3.69 each)!!!  I completely scored ... I shared my joy with several people today and most thought I was crazy (other than my mom!)

Safeway - $127.54

Ohhh I should have been more prepared.  I have been fighting a cold all week and I had a list compiled, however, I think some of the items should have waited until I could get better deals.  On the good side I was able to stock up on Peanut Butter.  Here's the breakdown:

1 - Pepsi 24 pk (for Todd, I gave up soda at the beginning of the year!!!) - 7.99 (I know it was on sale at Fred Meyer for 5.99 but I didn't want to make the extra stop)
1 - Pizza Sauce - 1.49
2 - Dasani Water 24pks - 3.99 each
2 - Creamy Jif Peanut Butter - 2.49 each
2 - Crunchy Jif Peanut Butter - 2.49 each
1 - Snapple Peach Tea 6pk - 4.99 each
2 - Hefty Kitchen Bags - 5.99 each
2 - Lucerne Butter - 2.99 each
1 - Tillamook Shredded Mozzarella 3.99 each
2 - Tillamook Shredded Italian Blend 3.99 each (buy 2 cheeses, get the 3rd FREE)
1 - Gallon Whole Milk - 2.79
2 - Apple Pies - .50 each
2 - Cherry Pies - .50 each
1 - Loaf of Sourdough Bread - 2.99
1 - Loaf of French Bread - 1.29
1 - Loaf Franz Bread - 3.49
1 - Franz English Muffins (buy 1 get 1 FREE Franz products)
1 - Hormel Pepperoni - 2.49
1 - RR Chuck Pot Roast - 9.90
1 - RR Bottom Round Roast - 11.17
   ***used 5.00 off $20.00 RR purchase
1 - Bag (2 lbs) Raw Shrimp - 13.98
Bananas @.49/lb
Oranges @ .99/lb
Golden Delicious Apples @ 1.49/lb
Gala Apples @ 1.69/lb
1 - Head of Lettuce - .88
1 - Bag of Red Potatoes - 2.99
1 - Bag of Carrots - .99
1 - Swiss Cheese - 4.99
1 - Turkey Deli Meat - 10.69
1 - Ham Deli Meat - 3.70
   ***used 10.00 off $50.00+ purchase

So, lets see what happens with the rest of the month ... wish me luck!