Blew the "Weekly" Grocery Budget, But What Did I Get For $140?

 Well, I said in one of my last posts that this week I changed from my weekly budget plan because  I went to GFS and got some bulk items.  GFS is just not a $75 per week budget kind of store.  So, when that happens I have to get creative and adjust all of my future budgets to reflect what I spent this week.  You can see all of that and more of an explanation in this post:


I didn't include the extra things that I had to buy this week for the kids' school experiments and soccer games.  We have extra money this month, so this month it isn't a big deal.  That brings the total that I spent on groceries this week down to $141.12.  After doing all of that budget rearranging in the other post, I didn't actually go over my "weekly" budget.  I DO have to stick to my future budgets though, which will be less than $75/week now.  But we have stuff in our freezer that we can use those weeks.

My first purchases this week were through Blue Sky Green Fields.  They're a company that delivers organic produce to schools and businesses.  You order online and have a specific pick up day.
I was able to use a 10% off code this week for Mother's Day.  After my 10% discount, I spent $40.  
For that $40, I got all of this:


1 bunch of organic asparagus, 3 organic zucchini, 1 pound of organic sugar snap peas, 1 bunch of organic parsley
 2 bunches of organic baby broccoli, 2 organic green peppers
 2 MORE organic green peppers (If I would have known they were in the organic box this week I wouldn't have ordered them separately)
2 organic red cabbages
1 pint of organic grape tomatoes and 2 organic avocadoes
4 more organic avocadoes (same as with the peppers. . if I would have known they were in the box, I wouldn't have gotten extras)
2 organic lemons, 2 organic gala apples, 3 organic pears
1 bunch organic green chard
3 Organic slicing tomatoes--which we used for BLT sandwiches today.
3 organic onions (bonus item this week)
Conventional multicolor grape tomatoes

 2 organic cucumbers

3 lbs. of organic red potatoes

At GFS I spent $91~~my order was $101 and I had a $10 off $100 coupon.  The $91 price includes the $5.99 I spent for soccer snacks, but that is not actually included in the total $141 grocery budget.

I got:
2 loaves of 12 grain bread

That lunch meat I was talking about in the post referenced above--it was about 21.4 pounds.
6 pounds of boneless skinless chicken thighs, 5 pounds of boneless skinless chicken tenders, 5 pounds of beef meatballs.
Four 1 1/2 pound packages of sliced cheese (check out the post referenced above to see how I dealt with it)
10 pound bag of popcorn~~we always do stovetop popping
2 lb. bag of baby carrots and a gallon of skim milk that's not shown.

And this is what we got from Giant Eagle:
4 boxes of Barilla pasta and (3) 4-packs of Red Grapefruit cups.  The Barilla pasta was on sale for 4 for $5 and  I had a coupon for $1.  The Fruit bowls were on sale for $2 and I had 2 coupons for 75 cents that doubled to $1.50 off and I had one coupon for $1 off.  So for all 3 packages of fruit cups, I paid $2.
The Town House crackers were the e-advantage this week for 99 cents.  I got the yogurt because I ran out of yogurt.  I remembered that I had a coupon on my advantage card for $1 off yogurt, so I got the quart for $1.50 after the coupon.
1 bunch of bananas which I'll get 20% back on through Savingstar and .25 cents back on through Checkout51.  I got 5 bags of Birdseye veggies for $1 each.  I couldn't find any coupons for them!  But they're a great freezer stock-up item.
1 box of Kashi Go Lean.  It was on sale for $3 and  I had a $1 off coupon, plus I'll get $1 back through checkout51.  Plus, it had bonus coupons on back of the box!  Yay!

So truly, I think we got our money's worth for $141 and our freezer is stocked for a little bit.


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