I actually took pictures this time!
- Skippy peanut butter: 6 X .98= 5.88
- Cheerios (18 oz boxes): 4 X 1.88=7.52
- Cheese: 12 X .98=11.76
- peanut butter (case of 12): 12.00
- Ramen Noodles (cases): 3.00×2=6.00
- sloppy joe sauce: 1.00×2=2.00
- maseca: 2.78
- corn meal: 2.08
- butter: 2.22X2=4.44
- taquitos (box of 50)=6.88
- vinegar (four bottles)=3.38
- big box of goldfish crackers=6.46
- GF brownie mix: 3.98
- dried cranberries: 1.68
- big bottle olive oil: 11.72
This week was all about restocking the pantry with items that were on sale at the different stores I had access to in Elko.
It’s interesting how actually reporting what you bought and what you spent on it gets your wheels turning.
The taquitos and goldfish crackers were obviously ‘treats.’ At about $14 they were a good 1/5 of my whole amount spent for the week. I could have used that $14 to start building up a supply of high quality ingredients instead of buying processed junk that at the moment I thought we ‘deserved’ as a treat. As I bought those gluten-free taquitos, I actually had the thought that I needed them. And I believed myself.
We definitely operate under the pantry system here. Twice a year our local grocery store has a case lot sale where pantry-ish items go on a sale that rivals out-of-town prices. We also can use the points on our loyalty card to ‘buy’ a 25% off discount coupon. So twice a year we spend about $500 stocking up our pantry/freezer (we have a chest freezer). We routinely save $1000 off the full price for those items, so this represents getting groceries for about 75 percent off.
Throughout the year I stock up on items that were on sale. Like the peanut butter and cheese this week. (At home full-price peanut butter is $3.25, and doesn’t go on sale for less than $2.00 ever. I can get cheese for $2.00 a pound once a year, the week before Christmas.)
This way, we rarely ever do a regular for-the-week shopping order. We buy what’s on sale and then shop our pantry and freezer.
More round-up here.