It was rough fitting in my grocery shopping this week. And to be honest, I only needed a few things. I did, though, get a few extra deals, just being frugal.
I was busy, and even though I did my due diligence and reported lots of deals, I only went to two stores, to get the necessary items on my list. Unfortunately, I did not find loratadine (Claritin), so tomorrow I suffer. Here’s what I got.
Bag N Save: The need for a gallon of milk got me to the store, 3.49 – .40 insert coupon. Picked up some Banquet meals for #1’s lunches. Couldn’t pass up the 18-ct eggs for 1.39, or the bacon (pretty good ratio of meat/fat, actually) for 1.99. Strawberries 1.99! RC cola .99. And some Johnsonville brats 2.99 – $1 insert coupon. Total for food: $21.50.
Aldi: MILKS WERE 2.33/GALLON on 3/3/12! Pickles, crackers, tortilla chips to go with chili, grahams, the usual we’re-out-of items. Also picked up small cans of diced chiles for .59, apples 2.99, 2# grapes 1.58, tartar sauce, oj, and Romaine hearts. Total for food: $29.84.
Total this week: $51.34, which starts my monthly total just for food at $51.34. Didn’t need much this week, as the freezers are getting us by. (I actually found some cooked pork I turned into bbq this weekend.) We’re starting to think of “American style” meals to serve our exchange student in a few weeks, so I’ll be looking for deals to make those. Pizza’s on the list, of course. And I’m hoping for a good sale on beef for a giant pot roast.
What I’ve got for the coming weeks: Believe it or not, still tons of chicken! I was planning to make coq au vin Monday, but another vehicle issue could take up the precious time needed to tend properly to the bird. “It’s always somethin’.” — Grandma Rosannadanna. We’ve also got some ground beef, meatballs, makings for turkey tacos, fish, and vegs! Lots of vegs. Still eating (mostly) lean meals, and starches for the guys (eh, a teeny bit for me).
March is National Frozen Foods Month, and the coupons have appeared, so I’m expecting the sales this week.
To see how I put these provisions together into menu plans, check out my Menu Plan Monday posts each week.