$80 Per Week in 2010 — Week 33

I’m on a mission this year: spend $80 or less per week on groceries for my family of four! After reconciling all our expenses for 2009, all the while remembering the splurges during a special family celebration and replenishing of food storage, I realized I could and would do better in 2010. With the skills I’ve obtained, and the deals on some web sites I’ve discovered, “I hereby pledge to lower my food budget this year!”

Whew!  Better late than never, huh?  Week 32 was a good grocery shopping week.  Deals everywhere, and the convenience of Price Matching!  It was the first full week of school for us, with its requisite new schedules, driving, new routines, driving, and whining.   And driving.  Two kids, two different directions, two schools without foot or bus transport.  We survived!

This week for just food I spent $77.30  — respectfully below my weekly budget.  This puts me at $240.06 under budget for the year! I got lots of ingredients, and I put together meals for the freezer.  I also used some of those meals this week.  Here’s where my food money went:

Aldi:  Milk still 1.78/gallon.  I found large boxes of fish filets for just 2.89 — a GREAT find!  Grabbed some bread goods (oat bran loaves for 1.19), and some other staples for us.  Total for food:  21.70.

BagNSave:  Some deals, some not.  2# carrots .88, LandOLakes yogurts .25, Lynden Farms frozen potatoes .59, Kellogg’s cereals 1.49.  Total for food:  24.55.

No Frills:  Lots of PMing here this week!  From the BarS bologna (1.29 – $1/2 MQ = .79), to the .99/# chicken (LOTS of chicken) finds, to FREE sausages, I did very well.  Farmland fully cooked sausages marked to .99 – $1 coupons!  .99/# Smart Chicken!!  Total for food:  31.05.

This is where I like to be: just below my limit, stocking up on great items for the freezer and pantry so I don’t have to spend so much in coming weeks.  I’m a happy camper.


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