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Grocery shopping is quite an adventure when you are obsessed with finding deals.
The key to saving on your groceries isn’t just about couponing, it’s about the want to save money on your groceries.
Are you hearing that? You have to WANT to really save money. You can’t just say, “Oh yes, I need to spend less on food.”
But go to the store and buy two things that were on sale and everything else in your cart is what your heart desires.
If you need to save money this week try really looking into how you can cut back the expense of groceries. I want to share with you a look at this week’s shopping trip.
If you follow the tips I share here on the blog about shopping from your pantry first, stocking up and making the perfect grocery list, you will be able to spend $10 a week on groceries some weeks too.
What Makes This Week So Good
A couple things you must keep in mind. I shop sales weekly. This allows me to stock up on things when they are cheap and then use my stockpile throughout the month.
I meal plan for every meal every week. I also know what I have in my pantry and freezer before I hit the grocery store. This way if I see bread marked down to 50¢ a loaf and I know I have tuna I’ll add in Tuna melts or smeothing similar to the menu.
I try to make a menu for two weeks using what I have. The first week I meal plan tends to use what we have and the second week I use what’s on sale.
When I grocery shop throughout the week it’s usually to grab fruits, veggies, and snacks.
This year we processed enough of our own chickens I haven’t had to purchase chicken meat. We also use venison meat as much as possible. These two things help save on monthly expenses for groceries.
Here’s what I got at Tops.
Tops is my favorite grocey store to shop at. When it is a gas earning week you get 10 gas points for every coupon you use up to 10 per transaction. Which is why the trip below I did two separate transactions to utlize the gas savings.
You earn a gas point for every dollar spent.
1 Bunch of Bananas- $1.40
1 pack of Strawberries $2.99- Use the Super coupon in ad paid $1.99
3 Boxes of Tops Dry Pasta 77¢ a box- $2.31
2 jars of Francecso Rinaldi Sauce 99¢ each- $1.98
Chobani Gummies Smoothies $2.49
2 Snyder’s Wholly Cheese Crackers $2.50 each
Tops Fruit & Veggie Snacks $1.99
Tops Chunk Cheese $2
14 Yogurts- Dannon- Sale is Buy 10 get 1 free
2 Boxes of Lance Toast Cheese Crackers $2.00 each- Used a $1.00/2 peelie coupon- This was not on my list but I did need another snack for the lunches.
My Total: $23.05
After Gas savings and Ibotta: $10.30
The regular price per detergent was $7.99. Walgreen’s has these on sale for $2.99. I used three $2.00/1 printable coupons and paid $0.99 per bottle. This sale is valid until 2/16.
COUPONS USED AT TOPS
I used 13 $0.50/1 coupons doubled to a $1 for the yogurt- which made them free and I got a free one for buying ten. I split these up into two transactions to get my gas points for coupons.
Here are the coupons.
Save $0.50 off any ONE (1) Dannon® Oikos® Triple Zero 5.3 oz yogurt
Save $0.50 off any ONE (1) Oikos® Oh! Double Cream yogurt (5.3 oz)
Save $0.50 ONE (1) Two Good™ Greek lowfat yogurt 5.3oz single serve
I used a $1.00/2 peelie coupon for the Lance Crackers and the Snyder’s crackers had a $1.00/2 peelie. I knew we could use a
This is something to take note of keep your eyes open for coupons throughout the store and think about if it is something your family would enjoy.
I received over 200 gas points for this transaction. I now have a total of 424 gas points. This gives me 40¢/gal of gas. At a 30 gallon max fill up this means I am saving an extra $12! Update- I am so used to writing 30 max for BJs since I do a BJs blog Tops is only 25 gallons!
I also used Ibotta to get $0.75 back. There is a $0.50/2 Ibotta offer for the Two Good
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WHAT WE ARE EATING
I thought I would include the menu I made for this week. To give you an idea. Sometimes it helps inspire you to get out of a meal planning funk to see what others are having.
Monday– Italian Zucchini Strata- great no meat option. I use the Frozen Veggie Mix here.
Tuesday- Ten Minute Boat Tacos- we will use leftover frozen bread ends or buns in freezer and venison
Wednesday– Venison Steak Sloppy Joes- we got a bunch of rolls for free from one of the jobs my husband did.
Thursday– Chicken BBQ Quesadillas
Friday– General Tsos Chicken
Saturday– Potato & chive Taquitas
Now next week it will probably be more pasta. This week you can see we just spent money on snacks.
I hope this helps inspire you to coupon or shop the sales. If you want to get started on shopping smart at the grocery store without using coupons go here. Pin it for later if you can’t read it right now 🙂
Tuesday 12th of February 2019
Awesome! I'm a lazy couponer but serious about saving money on groceries so I shop more at Aldi. There have been weeks I can make $25 work. We are a family of 5 and my kids eat A LOT so I have been doubling and tripling that amount lately. It's much less than I used to spend on groceries though. I like using digital coupons and apps like Cartwheel to save. It makes it super easy for me.
Wednesday 13th of February 2019
I think Aldi is a great way to say a lazy savers store! LOL. No coupons needed and you can save with apps too!