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Grocery Spending/Menu Plan | Odd Shopping Week

I did not go to Weis and Aldi this week, which is very unusual. I did spend money on groceries…just not at those two stores.


Last Saturday I stopped at Safeway and spent $9.42. I bought $.99/pound grapes and $3.99/pound shrimp (I needed the shrimp for our Sunday meal, and none were on sale at Weis).


Then on Thursday, I went to Giant because we had a $25 gift card from filling a prescription. I spent $29.36 there, and I’m sorry, but I have no photo of those groceries. I bought all-natural lunch meat, bacon, strawberries, milk, green beans, bananas, and a few other things.

Safeway, part II

I thought the Giant trip was the last grocery store trip I’d make for the week, but after seeing the Safeway sale ad yesterday morning, I had to stop by and get the cereal deal. Safeway was right on my way home from helping at a sister church yesterday, so I popped in and bought these groceries:

This cost me only $6.50, which makes me happy. I had a coupon for a free bag of Sunchips (I think I got it by becoming a fan on Facebook or something), and I am totally going to try composting the bag. I got the OJ because I forgot to get some at Giant, and the cereal, of course, I got because of the sale.

The 5 boxes of cereal were $9.50 before coupons, and I had $4.50 in coupons. That means my 5 boxes cost $4, which is even less than I thought I’d pay (woohoo!). That’s because when I calculated my deal yesterday, I didn’t realize Safeway doubled $.75 coupons…I’m so used to Weis’ policy of only doubling $.50 or less.

Local Food

I got local eggs ($5 for 2 dozen) from my blog reader and some beef from a local farm. It was (gulp!) $4.50/pound, which is a lot more than I’m used to paying for beef. I know that’s not a lot to pay for real, local beef, but it’s an adjustment for me! I got 2 4.5 pound chuck roasts, so I paid $40.50 for that.

But, because I did minimal shopping this week (which is forcing me to use up the food I already have here), my total for the week was still only $90.86.

Breakfasts this week will be yogurt, bananas, muffins, toast, and oatmeal. Lunches will be homemade yogurt, yogurt smoothies, fruit, sandwiches, and leftovers as necessary.


  • Pizza, of course 😉






  • Shrimp and Ravioli in Pink Sauce
  • Whole Wheat French Bread
  • green salad


  • Chicken Quesadillas
  • fruit salad

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Monday 11th of April 2011

I am still amazed at the couponing in the USA. There is no way Safeway here in Canada would 'double' a coupon let alone allow you to use 1)more than one coupon at a time for the same product 2)take a coupon when its already on sale. At 9.50 for 5 boxes of cereal - that works out to what, 1.90 a piece? To get a box of cereal for under 3 even ON SALE is a miracle here.

Kolfinnas Korner

Sunday 18th of April 2010

i got a bag of sun chips today and I'm going to try to compost it as soon as it's empty. I can't wait!


Sunday 18th of April 2010

Don't expect too much from that compostable bag. I've tried that with several "compostable" commerical packagings and been universally disappointed. Either they need a hot compost pile or can't be composted at all in a home system. My money's on the latter but maybe I'm just a pessimist.

Molly On Money

Saturday 17th of April 2010

We shared a cow with 3 families this pass year and it was the perfect amount of beef to get us through the year. The steaks were great but the biggest surprise was how amazing the ground beef tasted. My husband (who helped butcher the cow to save on processing costs) explained that the ground beef came from actual meat and not combined junk from a bunch of industrial raised cows.

Flamingo Mama

Saturday 17th of April 2010

i forgot to mention that a half of cow is ALOT of meat. so you may want to split it with someone. although i'm thinking of getting the front quarter which is mostly ground beef and roasts, which is what we use the most of anyway.

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