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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.
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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