In our home we have a grocery budget, so we shop sales. I’ll post the specifics of the budget later. Today I wanted to address the question of how my family stocks the pantry and freezer while keeping our budget. A stocked pantry/freezer takes time~it is not an overnight process.
Last week my husband had a two hour period of time while he was waiting for the children to finish an activity, during this time he shopped the sales I had listed as good buys. This was time he needed to fill and the store is next door to where he dropped the children. I do not stock up on food by making a special trip into town. For my family that is a waste of time and resources. Nor do I shop Market Basket every two weeks or even monthly. I watch the online sales ads. When I see several items I normally use on sale and I have money to spend, then I shop there. There are times when Market Basket has awesome sales twice in a month. On occasion and it is unforunate, I have to shop Walmart, Market Basket and SAM’S all on the same day. And what a sad day that is! Those occasions ususally occur around holidays or when we are giving a party.
Note: Always watch as the cashier scans your items or check your receipt. This shopping trip one of the sales did not register, so I will need to call the store since it was not caught at the time of purchase. It will make a $10 difference.
Price Book: These are recommended by most money-saving blogs and books. I have used one in the past and found it helpful. At this time I do not use one. I have a price I will pay and wait to purchase an item until I find it at that price. Then I stock up! With five children in tow this works better for me.
So the great buys of this week are:
Pork chops ~ $0.99/lb
Beef Roast~ $1.79/1b
Oscar Meyer weiners~ 10/$10.00
Bulk Sausage~ 10/$10.00 (this was not a brand I normally buy but I use it in casseroles and you can not tell the difference) Each package was one pound.
Keebler Graham Ready Crust~ 10/$10.00 (This is the item which registered incorrectly. I called the manger while composing this and before I could finish my explanation he asked me to come in with my receipt so he could fix the problem and apologized.)
Community Coffee ~ 2/7.50
Cantaloup~ $0.99 each
Sodas~ 3/4.00 ( not great but still on sale–floats are important you know)
Ice cream ~2/$9.00 (this is not a GREAT sale but we were having guest and I did not have time to make a GREAT dessert so ice cream floats were decided on)
marshmallows (to roast w/ guest and just happened to be on sale) ~ $0.89
Now, here is my favorite part of it all. According to the receipt we saved $52.32 and when they fix the mistake it will be $62.32. And looking at the receipt I can actually turn that $10.00 into $16.90 by purchasing 10 more packages of Oscar Meyer wieners (you save $1.69 on each package you buy). By the way we do not eat hot dogs very often, but I need at least one convenience food!
I love the challenge of feeding my family well on a budget. Saving $62.32 is part of my contribution to the household income.
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