Sunday, October 12, 2014

2014 Groceries Week 41 - $134.93

I didn't do any shopping until Friday and I ended up buying a ton of stuff this weekend.  I also was gifted a bunch of food this week - We are So Blessed! - so the food is just flowing around here. 

On Monday my girlfriend gave me these apples:

 There was a 4th bag (from the prior week) that I had already processed by the time I took the photo.  She also gave me a paper grocery bag about half full of plums.  Again, I had started processing them by the time I took the picture, but this is about a quarter of them in the crockpot.

I finally went to the store on Friday morning.  I was committed to making chicken taco soup for 5 families that night and desperately needed onions!  So I went to Fred Meyer.  I grabbed a 5# bag of onions at first priced at $3.00 something, then I realized the 3# bags were only $1.49.  So I got two of those instead.  It was a good reminder that the big package is not always the best price!  I also bought some GF Rice Chex - $2.50 each after sale & coupon, Honeycomb - $1.50 each after sale & coupon, grapes for $1.49/lb, coconut milk, organic yogurt, eggs (for deviled eggs for a Saturday potluck), canned beans because I hadn't planned ahead and cooked beans already, clearance pack of turkey for $2.49 and a few other things.  I noticed an employee putting out more markdown meat while I was leaving the meat department so after I took my groceries out to the car I ran back in for a minute to check.  I was glad I did!  I found sirloin steak for $2.99/lb!  Each pack was over 3 pounds, too.  In total I spent $59.78!

Later on Friday morning I met an acquaintance who had a huge volume of acorn squash to give away.  Seriously, his church has a farm and donates to the food bank, but they couldn't use any more acorn squash.  So his minivan was loaded with squash and I took a big grocery bag full.  Not sure how I'll use it yet, but squash keeps so long I am not in a hurry.

Sudnay I went to Albertsons after church to get sale GF corndogs, but they didn't have any! I also got eggs for $1.25 a dozen.  I keep missing my friend at church so I needed to stock up.  I got sour cream for $0.99 each on clearance, organic carrots, 4# bag of sugar for $1.59 after sale & coupon and frozen green beans for $0.88 each.  My best find was seriously markdown meat - again!  I got three packages of cubed steak at were marked at $3.39, $3.24, and $3.69 with peelies of $3.00 off, $2.00 off and $2.00 off!  Similarly, I got three packages of pork loan marked at $3.35, $3.18 and $1.78 with peelies of $2.00, $2.00, and $1.00 off.  Seriously - $.78 for half pound of pork loin!  I spent $21.20.  I also picked up a few things at the dollar store for $4.00.

I went to QFC because I had a $4.00 off coupon to use that expired today.  I found lots of clearance including: brown rice noodles for $2.39 each, some clearance corn noodles, a B1G1 turkey sausages that worked out to $2.39 each, 2 bags of six lemons for $0.99 each (great for lemon chicken and GF lemon cupcakes), Annie's shells & cheese for $0.49, plain Yami yogurt for $1.79 and a family-pack of chicken rigatoni for $3.79.  The only thing that wasn't on clearance was the Monterey Jack cheese, but it was on sale for $5.99.  It looks like QFC has all their Kroger 2# cheeses on sale until January 5 at the $5.99 price.  That will be great for cheese trays at holiday parties and potlucks.  I had a coupon for $1.50 off a $7 purchase of meat and that $4.00 off coupon so I spent $37.08 altogether.

It was a big week with lots of meat purchases, but I didn't make it to Costco where I needed to pick up some basics like butter, olive oil, and tortilla chips.
Milk delivery was $12.87
Total for Week 41: $134.93
Total year-to-date 2014: $3,542.51
2014 Weekly Average: $86.40 

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