Wednesday, my hubby went to get a free oil change and a free haircut.. Score forty dollars. I went to Winco and got paper towels for less than Costco with a coupon. Like about half. I also got another twenty cent ibotta.
Today we went and I got a haircut. QFC netted a fifty six percent savings on tomatoes, pasta, and veggies. Five dollar off fifteen on veggies. And five off of ten items netted a lot more than just the five dollar savings. Last week I got 69 percent plus. ( almost 70) . I hit three stores last week and averaged twenty five dollars each. It was a good week to stock. Tomatoes are .49 at QFC, chili is a dollar and I have coupons. Pasta is 49. You don't have a lot of selection on the pasta, but at that price, I can live with it. My daughter is a vegetarian and we go through a lot of pasta.
At Fred Meyers, Four percent hamburger and .99 Foster farms chicken meant that I got two loss leader meats this week. It makes up for the weeks that I got none. I roasted the chicken and made meatloaf, meatballs, and crumbles with the hamburger ( 3 pounds,) the chicken was 6.5 pounds. This saves time and money. I spend more time shopping and less time cooking. I probably spent an hours a week shopping . I get in and get out of a store. I just get what I need to buy. Impulse buys will kill your budget. I was an accountant, so prices are easy for me to remember. I know the RBP of the staples we buy in a regular basis. If you know the staples, the rest will take care of itself. I'm not too worried about the cranberry sauce I will buy once a year. It's the green beans that I use a lot because it's about the only vegetable everyone will eat, or the diced tomatoes that I use at least once a week.
I know who typically has the lowest prices on certain things, but always keep my eye open. We use few paper towels. A 12 pack will last us six months. Winco had brawny for 11 dollars and change and I had a dollar coupon. That was almost half of Costco's price according to favado. Favado isn't
always correct. I try to use paper products sparingly. Not always an easy task with a three yo in the house.
Now that I have rambled at three .v in the morning. I hope this helps.
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We have had roast chicken, chicken pot pie, and I will portion control the rest for the freezer. We had chicken with stove top stuffing that I got for free at Winco and green beans that were .33 . That meant that dinner was a total of 1.33 not counting cooking supplies that are too small to cost out ( butter, salt, oil etc. ) another night, I made meat balls, added tomato sauce that was leftover from homemade pizza another night, and peppers from the freezer. The tomato sauce cost twenty five cents and the peppers were six for three dollars at grocery outlet.
Grouping errands saves gas. Meal plans help use everything up. Being flexible helps. Last night my husband didn't get the fish from the freezer to thaw in time, we had pizza. I got pizza on sale with coupons for 2.38. I just add things to it. A bag of spinach at Costco goes a long ways.