The pasta was on sale for .69 and I had a coupon for .55 off two. Net .42 and I used 3/4 of a package. .(31.) The mix was a pantry item as well as the breadcrumbs that were made from free bread I got from the bakery outlet and parsley. We ised 1/2 a bag of veggies I got for .79 (.40) . I used two partial bags of cheese ( with pesto ) from the grocery outlet and a couple more handfuls from the 2.21 a pound cheese from Costco wholesale. 2.50. Total cost 3.21.
Now, if you had bought cheese for 9.00 a two pound Block, and pasta for 1.59, and 2.40 a box bread crumbs.......you get the point, The food would have been the same but the cost would have at least doubled.
Yesterday I planned our grocery trip. I added a couple of things that were unadvertised and good buys, I spent 25.00
A 2 lb brick of Tillamook cheese.
2 - boxes of rice crispies
2- boxes of high fiber pasta
1 box of ritz crackers
2 packages of pepperoni
1 carton ice cream
2 lbs strawberries
2 wrap sandwiches.
2 - 2 lb bags frozen potatoes.
That is far from a weeks groceroes, but a lot of food for my buck. I used coupoms whenever I could.
That's how you stretch a buck on groceries,
- Study the ads and plan your trip.
- Match coupons to as much as possible purchasing only what you will eat.
- Work around what's in season and on sale to plan meals.
- Stock so that of there are no really good sales on a given week you can just buy the perishables you need to fill in meal plans. I can usually sale the dairy, staples and meat and buy the best quality for the least price of produce on season and use frozen to sub if I need to.