I left my house at 6:15 PM today on a mission to get my watch fixed and pick up some groceries since I finally got paid..
After 3 grocery stores, $40.97, 7 pounds of meat, and a ton of cooking, here I am — 4 hours later.
While going to the different stores was exhausting, it was TOTALLY worth it. Here’s a pic of what I got:
See all those orange stickers in the top left? That is 7 pounds of meat that I got for 60% off. Why was it 60% off? Well, it goes bad tomorrow, but that’s okay because I have plenty of freezer space. This is also more than enough meat to last me the rest of the semester. Here is what I got:
1 lb organic romaine lettuce: $0.99
1 gallon organic 2% milk: $5.99
1 bulb organic garlic: $0.84
2 x pesticide free butternut squash: $1.00
5 lb bag organic navel oranges: $3.99
2 pesticide free turnips: $0.99
28 oz cans organic diced tomatoes: $2.49
28 oz can organic whole peeled tomatoes (fail): $2.89
2.39 lbs organic rolled oats: $2.37
+ 5% discount
(All the meat is from Fischer Farms, an all natural, hormone and antibiotic free farm from Jasper, IN)
1.01 lbs ground bison: $4.54
1.03 lbs ground turkey: $2.57
1.00 lbs ground beef: $2.50
1.95 lbs beef chuck roast: $5.70
1.82 lbs pork tenderloin: $4.06
1 gallon organic milk: $3.00
Grand total: 40.57
This is how I followed the rules for myself from yesterday’s post:
1. I saved a total of 15% on my groceries today by going on member days. Bloomingoods’ was 5% and Sahara 10%.
2. didn’t use any coupons
3. I saved $22.46 using manager’s specials at Sahara. All the meat and the 2nd gallon of milk goes bad tomorrow so it was all 50% off. I immediately froze the meat and I made yogurt and cheese tonight out of the milk. At Bloomingfoods, I saved $2-3+ on the squash. It is usually $0.69/lb, and these were $0.50 each. Granted, the majority of them were rotten, I was still able to find a couple that were somewhat good. I immediately roasted them when I got home and now I have 2+ pounds of butternut squash pulp that I will keep in the fridge.
4. I intentionally didn’t buy a couple things I normally would put in my lunch, since I have been taking leftovers in. For instance, I was tempted to buy almonds solely to make almond butter for lunches. However, organic almonds are $8.99/lb and are something I can skip this month since I only want them for the stray day here or there that I may make a sandwich.
5. I saved money by not buying yogurt or cheese this trip. It was an added bonus that I ended up getting the milk for $3.00.
6. I didn’t make too many bulk selections this time, but I am happy that I bought a lot of oatmeal at such a low price.
7. I remembered my reusable bags! But I also found the only stores in town that don’t give discounts for them 😦
8. I felt as though I was flexible with my food choices. I didn’t buy bananas (+1 for maturity) and the only things I bought that weren’t on sale were garlic and and the first gallon of milk. Oh, I also failed hardcore and bought the wrong can of tomatoes, accidentally paying $0.50 more.
9. Finally, there were a few things I walked away from buying just because they were on sale. These included black beans and organic walnuts. I love both, but truthfully they just end up sitting in my pantry longer than they should. One area I could have been better: the chuck roast. I don’t really need that, but I got a little discount happy.
Money left in the budget: $67.24