No Frills: FREE oatmeal, milks PMd to HV at .99/half gallon, Our Fam cereals $1, applesauce for .78 and .69, Campbell soups .40. Total on food: $16.95.
Aldi: Ugh! Milk is up to 2.49/gallon! There were some great produce buys, including whole pineapple .99, pears 4/.99 and grapefruit .29. I found a package of fresh chicken tenders marked down and got enough for 48 roasted nuggets for 2.36. Best deal of all, though, was the 7.69# ham for just $8! Total on food: $34.87.
I purposely got a spiral-sliced, bone-in ham. It makes for great sandwiches, plus we have perfected making soup with the bone and not having unwanted stuff in it. I am certain I can get five meals, a week’s worth of sandwiches, and a double batch of soup out of this one ham at $1.04/#.
HyVee: Never, ever thought I’d say this, but I went back into the 132/Dodge store. I am impressed with the new-to-me layout, cleanliness, and friendliness of staff. Must have new management; I was not scowled at once! I could go back. I was able to get half gallon milks .99, shredded cheeses 1.25, 5# russets 1.18, and a terrific deal on whole boneless pork loin 1.89/#. Total on food: $33.19.
I immediately cut up the loin into four Foodsaver packages of 6 pork chops, and a 3.5 roast which will serve two meals. All for 14.82. Seriously! Six meals’ worth for $2.44 each.
Bag N Save: I got 10 Our Fam spaghetti rings for Project Hope at .39 each, a huge Romaine for 1.49, and some other needed groceries. Total on food: $6.58.
Total this week: $91.59.
Now, at first glance, it seems I may have gone over budget. But this is why I switched to a monthly calculation. In order to take advantage of the double coupons and the pork deal, I had to spend a little more this week. That means in the coming weeks I’ll take advantage of only the best deals, and make do with what we have. If I did not have the bigger picture and entire budget to work with, I would have definitely shopped differently.
What I’ve got for the coming weeks: a ham, a lot of pork, a whole turkey leftover from November that was FREE, lots of ingredients in freezers and pantries. I still have several pounds of flour to make biscuits, pizza doughs, and possibly some new recipes.