Tuesday, September 27, 2016

2016 Groceries Week 37 - $138.14

We were getting ready for a long trip out of town in week 37 so I was trying to use the perishables.  But it's also always crazy leaving town so we ate some 'convenience' meals this week, too.

I picked up GF/DF pizza for DD#2 when we were having a quick pizza dinner, a watermelon, and a gallon of milk to get us through the week.  I spent $25.86 on these few items.  Ouch!

I spent $45.70 on this trip to Fred Meyer Wednesday.  I went to pick up avocados, tortilla chips, cheese & bananas that I needed for Friday night, but I couldn't resist the clearance cereal, applesauce pouches, Capri-Sun, baby cookies, pasta, granola bars, & canned goods.  I also picked up creamer & bananas and DF cheese that was on a great sale at $3.49.

Wednesday I also dropped into the Dollar Tree for mylar birthday ballons and I picked up a couple packages of pepperoni, a jar of relish, and 2 small bottles of shelf-stable coffeemate for emergencies or weekend visits.  I spent $5 on the food items.

Finally, when we'd traveled all day Sunday (flying a red eye to Miami then driving a rental car to Orlando) and taken the kids swimming at our timeshare I finally got out to the grocery store.  The kids were starving so I had to be fast.  I found a close grocery, Publix, and looked for deals.

To avoid buying milk I bought organic oatmeal ($1.99) & a small bag of brown sugar ($1.09).  I also bought unsweetened applesauce ($2.79), some organic nectarines ($1.99/lb), & bananas ($0.59/lb) for morning fruit.  I bought a dozen eggs ($1.35),  a small can of coffee ($4.19) & creamer ($2.50) to finish off the breakfast foods

I was at a loss for lunches at Disneyworld because I didn't want to buy bread & pb & jam we wouldn't finish, but bought a small package of chicken breast ($4.55)to get us through the first day and chicken nuggets ($3.00 each) that were on sale for fast lunches or dinners at the timeshare.  So I also bought unbreaded, pre-cooked chicken pieces that I could microwave fast to go with the nuggets ($4.55).  I bought microwave popcorn, both buttered and plain ($3.59/box) because it's great cheap snack food in the parks and I bought fruit cups for lunches, too ($2.29).

For dinners, I got olive oil ($2.79), spaghetti noodles (both GF ($2.99) and regular ($1.67)), and a jar of spaghetti sauce ($2.00).  I also bought progresso soup that was on sale B1G1 ($2.29) and found two varieties that were GF/DF.  I didn't buy lettuce, but I grabbed a cucumber ($0.75) that froze the first day in our fridge.  Boo.

Altogether I spent $61.58 on food then raced back to heat up some soup.  We ate about 10pm, but that's only 7pm on the west coast so it wasn't so terribly late.

Week 37 Total: $138.14
2016 Year to Date Total: $5,893.81
2016 Weekly Average: $159.29


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