Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Tuesday's Shopping


I got the ham, pepperoni and mushrooms marked down very cheap. Details on Thursday... 
 


Saturday, August 16, 2014

Menu for the week of 8/17 thru 8/23

COFFEE CREAM CUSTARD

SUNDAY:
Leftover Tijuana Quiche
Leftover Green Enchilada Chicken

MONDAY:
Smoked Brisket
Baked Soy Beans

TUESDAY:
Leftovers
Coffee Creme Custard

WEDNESDAY:
Ham Quiche
Deep Dish Pizza

THURSDAY:
Leftovers

FRIDAY:
Quick Asian Pork Stir-Fry

SATURDAY:
Leftovers

DEEP DISH PIZZA
QUICK ASIAN PORK STIR-FRY


Thursday, August 14, 2014

Shopping List - Week of August 10 - August 16

TUESDAY'S SHOPPING
HEB (Tuesday):
Diet passion fruit drink mix - $1.88
2 cans tuna @ .74 each - $1.48

TOTAL - $.00 (I used my $5.00 gift card from last week)

FOOD TOWN (Tuesday):
Ground beef @ 1.79lb (marked down) - $13.23
Diet Cherry Pepsi - $3.55
4 cans tomato sauce @ .25 each - $1.00
Onions @ .39lb - $.73
Jalapenos @ .69lb - $.57
Garlic - $.39

TOTAL - $20.52

KROGER (Thursday):
6 CARBmaster yogurt @ .40 each (minus 10% discount) - $2.16
12 pack diet soda @ 2.39 (minus 10% discount) - $2.15
Ice cream @ 2.50 x 2 (minus 10% discount) - $4.50
12 eggs @ .99 each x 2 (minus 10% discount) - $1.78
16 ounce cottage cheese @ 1.25 (minus 10% discount & .40 coupon) - $.72
18 ounce peanut butter @ 1.79 (minus free coupon) - $.00
Deluxe American cheese @ 3.99 (minus 10% discount) - $3.59
16 ounce shredded cheese @ 3.77 (minus 10% discount) - $3.39
Lawn bags @ 6.57 (minus 10% discount) - $5.91
Kitchen trash bags @ 3.09 (minus 10% discount) - $2.78
Boneless chicken breasts - $4.11 (see my comments below)

TOTAL - $31.42

WALMART (Thursday):
Decaf coffee - $2.78
2 rugs @ 8.77 each - $17.54

TOTAL - $21.77 (see my comments below)

GRAND TOTAL FOR THE WEEK - $54.72 (or $73.71 with the rugs - over budget by $13.71)

THURSDAY'S SHOPPING
 

The boneless chicken breasts that I bought at Kroger today were the biggest bargain I've had in a long time. I ended up getting $18.29 worth of chicken for only $4.11! Here's what happened. Kroger has them on sale this week for $1.99 pound. I was going to buy at least $10 worth today so that I could use a $2.00 off coupon good on a purchase of $10 or more in the meat department. While looking through the bin to find the two cheapest packages of chicken, I spotted at least two that were marked at $1.29 pound instead of $1.99 pound. I knew it was probably a mistake but they have to charge what is marked on the label. But, when I went through the checkout, they rang up at the $1.99 pound price of $9.43 and $8.86. They were actually marked $6.11 and $5.74 so I went to the service desk for a refund. Kroger has a policy where if you are charged the wrong price on an item, you get the item free. If you are buying more than one of that item, you only get one of them free so I got a refund of the difference between what I was charged and what they were marked. Plus, I got the $5.74 package of chicken free. Then, on top of that, they had already deducted the $2.00 meat coupon when I went through the checkout. After the refunds and coupon, I paid a total of $4.11 for both big packages or 10 large breasts. That works out to only .45 per pound! I doubt if I'll be able to top that deal anytime soon.

I know that I'll get comments saying that I shouldn't deduct the rugs that I bought at Walmart from my grocery budget so I've posted the grand total for the week as $54.72, which is well under my $60 budget or $73.71, which is over budget by $13.71 if I do count the rugs. Either way, I did very well this week and what I saved on that chicken easily makes up for the cost of the rugs.

 

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Tuesday's Shopping


I got about seven pounds of marked down ground beef today. That's good because my stash was getting kind of low. Although it was half price, it was still $1.79 pound but I guess that's cheap these days.

I saw a new and interesting product at HEB this morning. It's called Cafe Enhanca and it's a little bottle of cream for putting in coffee. It comes in one of those little squirt bottles like MiO and the like. They had it in regular, vanilla and hazelnut. It actually has real cream in it, as the first ingredient, but along with a bunch of additives and preservatives. It says that it's shelf-stable so I assume it doesn't need be refrigerated once it has been opened. It was $2.49 so I didn't buy it. If I did buy some to try sometime, I wouldn't use it at home but it might be a nice thing to take on a trip or other outing. Oh, and it's sweetened with Sucralose. The company is Dreampak and here's their website: http://www.dreampak.com/. I'm not positive but it looks like all of their products might be sugar free and they make a liquid Sucralose product too.





Friday, August 8, 2014

Menu for the week of 8/10 thru 8/16

EGG SALAD

SUNDAY:
Leftover Sausage Quiche
Italian Meatball Burgers

MONDAY:
Leftovers

TUESDAY:
Egg Salad

WEDNESDAY:
Pork Roast
Green Beans

THURSDAY:
Tijuana Quiche
Creamsicle Jello
Leftovers

FRIDAY:
Leftovers

SATURDAY:
Salsa Chicken or Green Enchilada Chicken

ITALIAN MEATBALL BURGERS

SALSA CHICKEN
If you recall, I got some sour cream very cheap recently which is why I'll be making either the Salsa Chicken or Green Enchilada Chicken. They both use the same amount of sour cream and only the type of salsa is different. I'll have to see what I'm in the mood for when the time comes. I've got both red and green salsa on hand.


Thursday, August 7, 2014

Shopping List - Week of August 3 - August 9

THURSDAY'S SHOPPING
HEB (Thursday):
Shower spray - $1.97
Diet passion fruit drink mix - $1.88
Hatch chiles @ .78lb - $.71
Quart heavy cream - $3.56

TOTAL - $8.44

ALDI (Thursday):
2 8-ounce Swiss cheese @ 1.99 each - $3.98
Dozen eggs - $1.19
2 bags pork rinds @ .99 each - $1.98

TOTAL - $7.15

KROGER (Thursday):
8 CARBmaster yogurt @ .40 each (minus 10% discount) - $2.88
12 pack diet soda @ 2.39 (minus 10% discount) - $2.15
Ice cream @ 2.50 (minus 10% discount) - $2.25
1 pound butter - $2.50
Parmesan cheese @ 2.97 (minus 10% discount) - $2.67
2 8-ounce cheddar cheese @ 1.99 each (minus 10% discount) - $3.58

TOTAL - $16.64

WALMART (Thursday):
Dishwasher gel - $2.98
Toilet cleaner - $1.34
Dish soap - $.84
Deodorant - $2.47
10 shavers - $3.18
1.25 quart soy sauce - $5.08

TOTAL - $16.58

GRAND TOTAL FOR THE WEEK - $48.81

We were out of town for a funeral on Tuesday so I only made one shopping trip this week. I needed to get some cream from HEB so I stopped by Aldi, which is across the street from there. I go to a different HEB when I shop on Tuesday's and that one is near Food Town.

After taking the photo today and putting away the food, I realized that I'd set the Hatch chiles off to the side so they weren't in the picture. So, you get to see them all by themselves:

It's Hatch chile season so I picked up enough to roast and freeze to use in recipes. However, instead of roasting them when I got home from the store, I ended up having to drive all the way back to HEB for a refund. While looking over my receipt, I saw that they had charged me for cipolline onions at $4.97 pound instead of 78-cents pound for Hatch chiles. So, back to the store I went for a refund and I also requested compensation for my gas. They gave me a $5.00 HEB gift card which more than covered the gas and my wasted time.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Menu for the week of 8/3 thru 8/9

SLOPPY JOE STUFFED PEPPERS
 
SUNDAY:
Leftover Sloppy Joe Stuffed Peppers
Leftover Swiss Onion

MONDAY:
Leftovers

TUESDAY:
Leftovers

WEDNESDAY:
Sausage Quiche
Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole

THURSDAY:
Leftovers
Cheesecake Pudding with Strawberries

FRIDAY:
Broiled Tilapia
Brussels Sprouts with Browned Butter

SATURDAY:
Burgers
Baked Soy Beans


CHEESECAKE PUDDING