we got the ads today..not much there, and QFC is a two week ad
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Most of it is overpriced or junk food - net prices
Daves killer bread 3.49
Huge Cheerios 2.49$$
La croix water 2.99
Peanut butter 1.49
Nalley chili .99@@
Buy 10 - .80 each net
Catsup is really a bargain and almost the last time it will be cheap until summer next.
Refried beans are a little cheaper at Costco , but at Costco you don't have a choice of "flavors.
-- you can't get vegetarian . I have been making it myself with no oil.
That's about it. I'm not seeing great buys.
Winco has green grapes for .99. Basket tomatoes are close to the 1.50 range. Inthknomsawmxhixken breast for 1.68.
Groceries on the cheap is looking at the "put the meal on the table train" from a different perspective.
The emphasis is on purchasing good shelf stable or frozen food for a RBP in quantity - enough to last you until it goes on sale again or to keep a controlled non-perishable stock of the things you use on a weekly basis.
This means that instead of shopping daily or weekly for just the things you need to cook your meals for the week. You go to two stores and buy :
1) a protein that is a RBP - enough to make that meal for x number of days. (I.e.: if you eat it once a week, buy enough for 4 meals.)
2) produce and dairy you will need to fill in the meals for the week.
3) a stock item, if you need to and it is on a RBP - enough to fill in to your self imposed stock level.
You often are paying 1/2 price for your food. This allows you to put well-balanced meals on the table consistently on a four dollar a day per person budget. You spend more time on the locomotive ( planning and shopping ) end of the train, and less time in the caboose ( kitchen j) by cooking more efficiently.
Four dollars a day is the target amount for people on snap. My premise is that of you can do it on 4 dollars a day, spending more is not difficult and you still get more nutrition for your buck.