5 lbs. Land'O'Lakes Butter - $1.44 ea.
(5) $.55 coupons
2 Cream Cheese - $.99 ea.
2 Kroger Vegetable Mix - $1.00 ea.
2 Orange Juice - $1.46 ea.
1.44lbs. Ground Beef - $2.24, Manager's Special
6 cans Dole Pineapple Chunks - $.73 ea.
(3) $.55/2 coupons
Head Lettuce - $1.05
(I like this ongoing low price!!)
.64lb. Roma Tomatoes - $.67
Mixed Salad Greens - $1.89, Manager's Special
1lb. Carrots - $.87
1 cucumber - $.97
Kroger Pretzels - $1.99
3 Whole Chickens - $.59/lb
Total OOP: $33.39
Total Savings (including $5 gift card): $25.24 or 43%
5qt. Ice Cream - $6.08
2lbs. Cornmeal - $1.06
Doz. Eggs - $1.00
Total OOP: $8.34
1.98 lbs. Canadian Maple Ham (BOGO Sale) - $5.94
3 Kraft Salad Dressing - $.17 ea
(3) $1.50 coupons
4 pkgs. Ball Park Beef Bun Size Franks - 1.49 ea
(2) $1/2 coupons
Total OOP: $11.85*
Total Saved: $23.86 or 67%
Whole Trip OOP: $53.58
Total Saved: $49.10 or 49% ($102.68 before sales and coupons!)
*I had to make a couple returns, and ended up getting full price back on them, so I just subtracted the cash I got back from my receipt totals. If you - by some weird chance - look through my numbers and realize that things don't add up, well they don't. Especially the Food Lion one. I didn't realize (note to self: PAY ATTENTION) that the hotdogs were BOGO LIMIT 2 FREE and bought 6 pkgs. because I had 3 coupons. This morning I couldn't figure out why they were coming out higher than they should and I realized my goof. So I returned the 2 extra packs! Anyway... it pays to pay attention. But it did bring my overall total down about $9, so that's ok. Sorry for all the confusion.
And I know I totally blew my budget out of the water. Big time. Like all the way to the moon and back. My excuses/reasonings are: when I planned this weeks menu I forgot that we have our small group get-together Friday night. I offered to take salad and dessert (they are ordering pizza). Thus the extra produce and the ice cream. The chickens were such a good deal I couldn't let them get away from me. And it was a good opportunity to use a $5 gift card. The hotdogs - well, at $1.50 for a pound of meat, I'm gonna buy them and eat them! And we were totally, completely, none-to-be-found, out of ground beef. The salad dressing was basically free. And the butter. I have never, in my life, seen butter this cheap. At this price (with the coupon) I was going to buy as many as I could possibly scrape up coupons for. Even if it did cost me now, it would be sure-fire savings later.
Point A: I won't have to buy chicken again for a long time. Or butter. Unless I go into a crazy cookie baking spell or something.
Point B: We can have extra cheap meals with the hotdogs over the next long while
Point C: I wanted to take salad and ice cream to our small group meeting. And as I'm sitting here typing this I realize that I could have VERY easily made a fruit salad and not had to spend any money. WHERE IS MY BRAIN?? HELLO???!!! I have a ton of canned pineapple for super cheap. I have a gallon ziploc of grapes sitting in my frige leftover from a church thing. I have canned peaches and pears in my pantry. Please tell me I'm not the only one that makes dumb, costly mistakes.
Maybe I will lock myself in the house next Wednesday and not buy any groceries.