Last week to help Project Hope during the Feinstein Challenge. Remember to contribute food donations by April 30! This is a great opportunity to Spring Clean your pantries! Or donate a portion of your budget, and it will apply to the challenge, too.
I found some great deals this week, and was able to maintain my enthusiasm for some select deals. Funny what an empty shelf will do, huh? Guess I didn’t need it after all. I had a purposeful shop at Target, two at Bag N Save, a PM trip to NF, and my regular stop at Aldi. I even stopped into HyVee for the Kraft cheese $1, but they were OUT, and the ad said “while supplies last.” Early bird and all.
Target: Market Pantry brown rice 1# pkgs were .71. Market Pantry pasta $1 plus sauce $1 – $1/both = $1 each dinner. Multigrain Cheerios: 2.50 – .85 and .75 printables, – $1/2 = 1.15 and 1.25 each. Roberts milk gallons were 2.99 (I was fresh out of insert coupons). Total for food: $22.33.
Bag N Save: Stopped in Monday for some sale deals. Pork sirloin roasts for 3.60 and 3.92, grape tomatoes .79, bacon 1.88, cereals 1.78, eggs .89. Total for food: 16.53.
Another trip on Friday for new sale deals not PMd at NF. Eng muffins, cheese, deli meat 4.99/#, bread. Total for food: 18.27.
No Frills: Did some PMing, but shelves were cleared, so I was OOL on some items. They gladly substituted a name brand brownie mix for Our Fam, and even credited it properly for the 11/$10 sale. Other items in the sale going to Project Hope, like the Suave shampoo/conditioner 2-in-1, and deodorant. Nash Brothers organic popcorn mini bags 3.75 – $2 = 1.75 for 8 portions, the same 9 oz as a 3-bag pack. Pork & beans PM to HyVee for .29/can. Again I found 2# baby carrots for .99, and a nice arm steak for less than $2.50. PMd lots of Our Fam products to BnS, but I still have to go there for what I didn’t get at NF. Total for food: $37.88.
Aldi: I am thankful for my favorite cashier. I realized in line that I had less cash than I thought. She worked with me quickly and accurately, so as not to hold up the line, and she. is. AWESOME! Fresh produce selection was incredible, and very fresh. Tri-color pepper 3-packs for .99! broccoli crowns .79. Seriously good prices. Total for food: 19.41.
Total this week: $114.42, which puts my monthly total just for food at $235.91 — YAY! A little over a week left in the month, and I’m more than $100 below budget — or $65 below my self-imposed $300 budget for this month. This makes me happy to get more for the food pantry. I purchased several health care items for Project Hope, as well, and a few more things rotated out of my pantry for Scouting for Food.
What I have for the coming weeks: A wide variety of meats, fresh vegs that I need to process and pack today, and a chocolate bar that might just get me through the weekend, IYKWIM. Still no peanut butter, but we’ll survive. The peanuts I got this week will tide us over.
To see how I put these provisions together into menu plans, check out my Menu Plan Monday posts each week.