What else can you do when it rains?? Go grocery shopping of course! I was at the store for way too long and found more and more deals. The reason I went to the store was to get the Saturday freebies (Swedish fish and Goodness Knows Bar) and the awesome $0.69 per lb whole chickens. There was a limit of 4 chickens so I got 4 :)
Harris Teeter $31.31
The Puffs tissues were still on sale so I got four boxes for free. I got two packages of Ivory soap for free after sale and coupon. I got three packs of the yeast for $0.09 each. I added the semolina flour to the basket from the clearance without a coupon (GASP!! ) but it was $1.89 and I really want to try to make pasta at home so I figured that it was worth grabbing one. I got three Pillsbury biscuits and one Pillsbury crescent rolls which were on sale for $1 and I had a coupon for $0.30/2 so they were $0.70 each which is way more then I normally spend but you will see why below. I also got two packages of Betty Crocker fruit snacks which were shelf price of $2.99 and they were buy one, get one free and I used the $0.50/2 coupon so they were about $1 each (again way more then I normally pay but see below) and my son is almost out of them for his lunch so he will love this!! The Dixie Crystal Sugar was on sale for $1.97 so I used a coupon to get them for $1.17 which is almost as good as the deal I got the other day on the store brand.
I picked up a ton of deals more then I was expecting because of shelf signs. I needed two rolls of Jimmy Dean Sausage and I had coupons ready to go to get them at $2 each. It wasn't a great deal but I was ready to pull together a bunch of lasagna so I really needed it. Then I saw the hang tag to get bacon for FREE!!! I grabbed it and it was shelf price of $8.49 and I used a $1 coupon to save a little more so that means that I got an extra $1 off my other groceries. I got cereal and decided to get the 8 items needed to get the free milk including the Betty Crocker fruit snacks and Pillsbury biscuits which I spent $4.79 but then I got free milk!! Of course neither deal came off but the customer service person came to fix it at the register. She just took off the bacon and just handed it back to me and manually entered the coupon for $1 and she took off $3.99 for the milk but it only cost $3.49 so that saved me more money on both deals.
Harris Teeter $19.98
I turned in Ibotta rebates for $0.25 off any cereal and $0.25 Pillsbury Grands Biscuits so there is $0.50 in my account. I have a lot of Saving Star rebates that I should get credited for when those are processed including $1/2 Honey Nut Cheerios, $0.75 Tiny Toast Cereal, $0.50/2 fruit snacks, $1/3 Pillsbury Rolls and there is another one for $0.30/2 for Pillbury Grands which I should also get for $3.55 total.
That being said, I can't pass up the whole chicken price (around $3.50 each) and because I was so far under budget last month, I am going to go a little over budget this month to stock up on the chickens that will last us through the winter months because we normally eat them once a week and enjoy the leftover chicken in lots of other meals like chicken enchiladas, fried rice, quesadillas, and more. Then I also make the chicken stock from the bones so it uses lots out of the $3.50. I hope to stock up with at least 8 more chicken!! So back to the store!!
Harris Teeter $34.37+ $7.89
So the whole family went to the store and I did my transaction with most of the stuff pictured here and four chickens and my husband checked out with the last two chickens in the store and three of the yeast. I used up all the tissue and yeast coupons so consider us full stocked until I get more coupons!! Super excited to get free Ivory soap and tissues. Pumped to get the $0.09 yeast. Also excited to get the Rev wrap which I kept forgetting to get which was $0.50 after coupon and I got two $0.50 rebates back so it was a money maker. The Prego spaghetti sauce is still confusing me because it was $1.98 with an electronic coupon and printed coupon so I paid $0.48 and I was sure there was a rebate on one of the apps but I couldn't find it but I did get $0.10 back from Mobi Save so it was still a bargain although not free. The olive oil was totally gone at home so I grabbed this little bottle which was shelf price at $8.99 (CRAZY HIGH) but on sale half off and I had a $0.55 coupon off which doubled so it was $3.40 for a 16 oz bottle. Is that a good deal?? I forgot to check Aldi to see what theirs is but I remember that Nathalie didn't like one of them so I figured this was a better bet :) I did get the Buy Two, Get Three Free Deal for the Coke products even though we still have plenty at home because it made it $2.80 a case instead of $6.99.
After the cashier scanned all my items, he told me that the scanner gun doesn't work and the new barcode doesn't scan on the machine so the customer service person had to come over and enter in the amount but he counted all my coupons as $0.50 instead of the different amounts so I quickly had to add them up and it was $14.60 in coupons so he added more money off to the machine so I actually ended up getting an extra $0.60 off because I don't think that he added the two numbers he put in correctly.
Either way glad that trip was over but we went straight to Home Depot to pick up insulation so my husband brought the chickens home and put them in the fridge and left the soda in the car for two days. Oops!! We were exhausted from getting 30 rolls of insulation for our attic so I think that we totally forgot so my son took a picture of that separate so that is why it is a little blurry because either his camera lens is that dirty or he didn't wait for it to focus but I said great work and finished making dinner so the soda could be cleared to the basement.
I needed oil because I used the last of it and the mozzerella cheese for the top of the lasagnas. I grabbed the salsa, lettuce, and saltine crackers because we were out of them. I added the celery and sweet potatoes to the cart because they were on sale. The celery was $0.69 and the sweet potatoes were $0.99 so we are going to be having those soon.
Harris Teeter $6.87
I was in the middle of my crazy cooking spree with my extra surprise day off on Monday. I had chicken broth on the stove simmering with the bones from the chicken I made the night before with all the leftover veggies in the house. I made salsa sloppy joes for dinner later in the week. I also made sausage spaghetti sauce because I was planning on making lots of lasagna. The kitchen was a disaster after spending the morning cleaning it all up.
I made two smaller pans for the freezer and one big one for dinner with the family this week but I ran out of ricotta cheese!! I was up to my elbows in lasagna and asked my husband since he was out and closer to the store to stop there and get it but he didn't sound like he was going to say yes. So I ran to the store and grabbed the last chicken on the shelf and two ricotta just to be safe!! You can't tell from the picture but I actually finished the container before taking the picture. Luckily I only needed one so there is another one in the fridge which is still good for a long time.
Long story short...too late (don't know what movie that is but I am thinking Clue). We aren't even at the middle of the month and the budget is most certainly exceeded the $160 monthly budget. The great news is I think that I have gotten a lot of things in the month and stocked up on lots of chickens. I probably will only need milk and a few other perishables for the rest of the month and I am hoping to make due with everything we have at home and my incredibly stocked freezer.
It is packed with chicken broth on most of the first shelf. The second shelf has bags of chicken and ground beef on the left side and bags of cooked brown rice on the right. There is another whole line behind of other bags of things like diced onions, onions and celery, enchilada sauce, pizza sauce, and more. There are two pans of lasagna on top and one pan of stuffing on the bottom. The third shelf is a bunch of things in the back including more chicken broth and chicken bones to make more broth but the front is a bunch of chickens and there are two tucked in the back so there are 13 chickens in the freezer (one in the fridge for this week and one already eaten). The bottom section has mostly cubed up toasted bread to make stuffing or bread crumbs at a moments notice. There are some other things on the door for easy access but it is really jam packed. I think we are ready to live through a zombie invasion or at least a long winter.
Total Retail $326.07
Total Savings $212.46
Total OOP $113.61
Total Monthly Retail $451.11
Total Monthly Savings $277.10
Total Monthly OOP $174.01