One of the biggest questions I have always gotten from my friends is about my grocery budget and what we buy. I admit that when I read other blogs, I love to see how much they spend as well as what they get for their money. I find that I often get some ideas for things I would like to try or ways to save even more money.
We budget $150 a week for a family of 4-5 (oldest is in college but is home often). This money is for food, cleaning supplies, paper products, pet food, toiletries, over the counter medicine and some car maintenance items. I would love this amount to be lower, but while trying to include more lean choices of meat and more produce, I find that this amount is probably right where it needs to be.
Sadly, I only have a picture of my Target trip this past week.
The good news is that I scored some great deals at Target. I fully intended on posting these deals after I bought them for all to see and be able to do, but the last week has been pretty hectic getting ready for school and working on home projects, that I just didn’t get it done. I promise to do better at getting these deals posted as soon as I can in case any of you want to do them too.
I was able to get everything in the picture for a total of $14.80! Amazing. I was so excited.
Since some of these deals are not available anymore, (the coupons and savings most likely are, but the prices may be different) I will just give a quick breakdown of what I bought and what coupons I used to show you how you can often get some great deals at target.
- Up and Up disinfectant wipes $1.87 (saved 5% using Target Cartwheel App) Final price $1.77.
- Girls Circo Leggings on sale for $5 (saved 15% using Target Cartwheel App) and used a Target mobile coupon for $3 off $10 on childrens clothing. Final price $2.75.
- Girls Circo Tunic on sale for $5, used the above $3 on $10 mobile coupon to make the final price $3.50.
- Snickers Bites $2.66, used a $1 manufacturer coupons and a $1 Target mobile coupon for a final price of $.66.
- Market Pantry Wafer Cookies $1.26 (saved 5% using Target Cartwheel App) and used a $1 Target mobile coupon for a final price of $.24.
- Market Pantry Apple Juice $1.89, (saved 5% using Target Cartwheel App) and used a $1 Target mobile coupon for a final price of $.84.
- Dasani water $1.49 for the thirsty shopper
- Up and Up hand soap $.89 x 2 (saved 5% using Target Cartwheel App) and used a peelie coupon for $1 off 2 Up and Up hand soaps. Final price $.34 each.
- Gillette Series shaving cream $1.97 x 3. I used a $6 on 3 manufacturer coupon to make $.09 on this deal. Hubby doesn’t use shave cream, he likes shaving soap. but big girl and I could care less what our shaving cream looks or smells like. It’s free!
- Market Pantry Soup $1.22 x 3. I used a $1.50/3 Target Coupon to get these for a final price of $.72 each. These are the big cans comparable to Campbell’s Chunky Soup.
- Index cards $.50 x 4 (saved 10% using Target Cartwheel App) and I also used a Target Mobile coupon for $1/4 Up and Up school supplies. Final price $.22 each. I have no idea how the Cartwheel took 12 cents off. It should have been either 10 cents for after coupon or 20 cents for before coupon, but I have no idea how it came to 12 cents.
I also have a Target Redcard (debit) that saves me an extra 5% (recommending the Debit card only, I do not recommend credit cards) on purchases as well as giving me free shipping.
I’ll take all the savings I can get without having to use credit!
To get Target mobile coupons sent to your phone, just text the word OFFERS to 827438. You can use each mobile coupon once. If you want to do a deal again, you can get the coupons sent to another phone in your house to do a separate transaction.
I always give the Target Cartwheel coupons to scan first, then mobile coupons and then any other coupons. Sometimes the cartwheel takes the percent off before the mobile coupon and sometimes it take the percent off after the coupon. I think it really has it’s own mind!
I got home quite late after buying my groceries at Kroger, and I just didn’t have it in me to take pictures.
I did spend $67.12 at Kroger on items like milk, eggs, cheese, green tea, toilet paper, noodles, garlic bread, crackers, pickles, oatmeal and a bunch of produce. I was able to get 2 bags of cuties for $.99 each off the marked down produce rack (this is one of the only stores around here that has one) and peaches, nectarines, plums and gala apples for $.99 a pound.
Hubby spent $19.07 at Dollar General on canned chicken and baked beans.
Our grand total for the week was $100.99 which brings the total for August (5 weeks) to $759.18. Wow that sounds like a bunch, but this month did have 5 Fridays in it! So I ended the month over by only $9.18. I’m glad I was able to make up for going over so much earlier this month.
GROCERY TIP ~ The best thing about a grocery fund or envelope that you contribute a set amount to each week is that what you don’t spend one week is in there for future weeks. You can afford to go over at a later date if you have saved up some money over time in the grocery account. You can take advantage of that great meat sale or whatever else comes up. I find this extra money is very handy at holidays when the list is a bit bigger to cook those special meals.
How are you doing with your grocery budget? Need help or have a suggestion? Send me an email or leave a comment. With the price of groceries steadily going up and the size of the product going down, we all need all the help we can get.