$350 Per Month — Grocery Cost This Week 5 — Doubles Thrills

YES!  This is the second month in a row that No Frills has had double coupons.  Even though it was just for three days — and one was a snow emergency day — it was still a Thrill!

Because I went to a monthly budget, rather than weekly, I was able to cash in on the doubles without too much damage.  Although I must say, the deals were not as awesome this round.  On the other hand, if they’re going to make a regular thing of this, I can certainly take it.  You’ll see I still went to two other stores, which was done before the doubles.

To see how I put these provisions together into menu plans, check out my Menu Plan Monday posts each week!  Here’s what I got this week:

Bag N Save:  I found some unexpected deals at BnS.  Various sizes of Energizer Max batteries (tons) in the clearance bin marked 2/$1 – .75= FREE!  Hershey bars 2/$1 with FREE Air Delight wyb a Hershey bar.  Not free, but an awesome food pantry contribution:  12 oz R&F vermicelli with the regular pasta, 2/$1.  Our Fam Hula Fruits cereal 2.79 – $1 = 1.79.  2 Kraft dressings $5 – $1 = $2 each.  Some frozen pizzas for an overnight guest ~$5 each.  Total on food:  $25.95

Aldi:  Needed milk, and was pleased to find it down to 2.33/gallon!  Red velvet cake mix for two cakes from one box = .99.  broccoli, cauliflower, bananas, yogurt, 1 cream soup, and fruit bars marked ridiculously at 1.89.  Total on food:  $17.59

No Frills:  I made two trips to two different stores.  How confusing it this?!  Different sales at each store, so what I’d planned after visiting one store didn’t pan out at the other.  Well, I got some deals, anyway.  At 132/Center: Chunky soups to dress up and serve with biscuits.  Hormel chili and Helper meals for Project Hope.  Hormel pepperoni PMd.  Sunny D .48  Our Fam raisin bran 1.13.  Banquet pot pies and fruit pies for #1’s lunches.   Doritos PMd for 1.98!  Kraft block cheeses 1.38. 

Second trip was to Elkhorn, where I did not find some of the sales I planned for after visiting 132/Center.  I did get Our Fam breadsticks 1.43, Sunny D .48, Jolly Time popcorn .34, and more Kraft cheese 1.38.  Total for food combined:  $25.23

Total this week:  $68.77.  Again, I didn’t get much meat, just what was on the pizzas, plus some pepperoni for future meals.  I scored on some nice seasonal vegs and fruits, and loved doing the double coupon deals.  (I’m glad I had the time this week, since it’s back to work I go.)  I’m also very glad I was able to get some donations for Project Hope.

What I’ve got for the coming weeks:  PLENTY of chicken!  I’ve got boneless breasts, split breasts, tenders, quarters, half chickens.  Oh my!  I also have some of those pork loin chops, turkey taco meat, tuna, and a little this and that which I inventoried.  And eggs!  I hope they stay bargain-priced for a few more weeks.  To see how I put these provisions together into menu plans, check out my Menu Plan Monday posts each week!

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