Wow guys, I had a crazy awesome week. I visited 4 stores, and thanks to a few gift cards and careful planning, I’m still a dollar under budget. I’m so thankful for friends/secret sisters that helped out with gift cards; you have no idea how much that means to me, and I’m stretching them to make them last as long as possible!
I did have a huge fail at Kroger, though. I had a plan to get a bunch of stuff for free and pay like $.50 for 10 items. This included 4 bags of croutons, 4 packages of pads/tampons, and 2 bottles of Pine Sol. They only had 2 bags of croutons, were completely out of Pine Sol, and mostly out of the pads I had coupons for. So I put some stuff back and grabbed only 5 items…. one of which was put on the wrong shelf so it was $1.49, not $.49/free like I thought it was. I hate paying full price on things, especially on accident, but you live and learn. =)
I’m also incredibly grateful for Swagbucks right now. I use Swagbucks mostly for Sam’s Club gift cards to stock my pantry and freezer. Wipes, toilet paper, paper towels, as well as 5 pound bags of cheese, string cheese, chocolate chips… some of these things cost up to $20.00 and are still cheaper per ounce than buying them elsewhere. I can’t usually justify buying myself “luxury” items like these amazing dark chocolate chips, which are $8.00 a bag, but with Swagbucks, I have the ability to get us these expensive items every few months without having to worry about spending all our grocery money. Taking a few minutes every day to take surveys really helps!
Let’s take a look at what I got this week!
White whole wheat flour: $2.39. I’ve never seen this anywhere else, especially so cheap! I’m gonna try to use this instead of whole wheat flour for a “better” texture.
Mountain Dew: $1.00, brought to a cookout last week
3 cans Old El Paso enchilada sauce: $1.00 each
- Used $1.00/3 coupon from the newspaper
- Final price: $.70 each
Total: Free after a gift card
Bag of black beans: $1.99. I’ll cook these in the slow cooker and freeze in individual bags!
Block of cheddar cheese: $1.69
Canned mushrooms: $.59
2 packages blueberries: $1.19 each
Half & half: $1.89
Ground turkey: $1.89
Yogurt: $.49, on clearance
Bouillon cubes: $1.69
Sweet potatoes: $1.69
Baby carrots: $.99
Chocolate chips: $7.98
5 pound bag shredded cheddar: $11.48
5 pound bag shredded mozzarella: $9.98
Maple syrup: $9.98
String cheese: $8.48
Coffee syrup: $4.58. I wanted to try using this instead of sugar to see if I liked it better in my coffee! So far, it’s really good.
Total: FREE thanks to gift cards from Swagbucks!
Good Thins: Free after Free Friday Download
2 bags Goldfish: $.99 each after Mega Sale
2 bags Mrs. Cubbisons croutons: $.49 each after Mega Sale
- Used $1.00/2 printable coupon
- Final Cost: Both for free
Crunchmaster crackers: $1.49 after Mega Sale
Total: Free after a gift card
Weekly Total: $28.95
Lunch is always leftovers. Items marked with an asterisk (*) were purchased in previous weeks.
Enchiladas (using ground turkey), cheesy zucchini rice
Homemade pizza (Sauce in freezer), grapes
Hamburgers (Meat is in freezer, making my own buns), sweet potatoes
Pizza grilled cheese (Using leftover hamburger buns), grapes, sweet potatoes
Bean and cheese burritos (From freezer), Spanish rice
Blueberry pancakes, eggs*
Blueberry muffins, eggs*
Allison’s Breakfast and Lunch
Breakfast: Blueberry muffins, cereal*
Lunch: Buttered spaghetti noodles*, banana, block cheese
What’s on your menu this week? Share below in the comments!
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