Thursday, May 22, 2014

Shopping List - Week of May 18 - May 24


HEB (Tuesday):
2 Passion fruit drink mix @ 1.88 each (minus $1.00 coupon) - $2.99

TOTAL - $2.99

FOOD TOWN (Tuesday):
Fab detergent - $1.88
12 Fiora toilet paper @ 3.44 (minus $1.00 coupon) - $2.44
Yellow squash @ .99lb - $1.47
2 Garlic - $.84
Onions @ .39lb - $.79

TOTAL - $7.73

KROGER (Tuesday):
8 CARBmaster yogurt @ .40 each (minus 10% discount) - $2.88

TOTAL - $2.88


Dollar Tree (Thursday):
3 bottles Heinz Low Sugar ketchup @ 1.00 each - $3.00

TOTAL - $3.00

KROGER (Thursday):
12 pack diet soda @ 2.39 (minus 10% discount) - $2.15
16 ounce sour cream @ 1.00 (minus 10% discount & .40 coupon) - $.50
18 eggs @ 2.79 (minus 10% discount) - $2.51
Maybelline cover stick @ 4.27 (minus $2.00 coupon) - 2.27
8 ounces Colby cheese @ 2.00 (minus 10% discount) - $1.80
8 ounces shredded pepper-jack cheese @ 2.00 (minus 10% discount) - $1.80
2 8-ounce cream cheese @ 1.00 each (minus 10% discount) - $1.80
Deluxe American cheese @ 3.49 (minus 10% discount) - $3.14

TOTAL - $16.33

WALMART (Thursday):
Clean Shower - $1.97
10 ounce can whole chiles - $1.25
Rubbermaid juice bottle @ 1.96 (minus $1.00 coupon) - $.96
Claussen pickles @ 2.98 (minus .75 coupon) - $2.23
Celery - $1.14
Ricotta cheese - $1.66
2 3-packs Dial soap @ 1.97 each (minus $1.00 coupon) - 2.94
16 ounces sliced ham - $3.98
Decaf coffee - $2.78
Nasal strips - $7.47

TOTAL - $27.48

GRAND TOTAL FOR THE WEEK - $60.41 (over budget by $.41)

I went over my budget by 41-cents because I bought three bottles of Heinz sugar free ketchup at Dollar Tree. I'd read on Low Carb Friends that Dollar Tree was selling it there because Heinz has changed the bottle and/or the label and needed to clear out the old stock. I usually make my own ketchup but I thought it might be handy to have a few bottles of ready-made ketchup on hand. With Jerry eating low carb now, we'll probably go through ketchup a lot faster than if I was the only one eating the sugar free kind. He likes a little meatloaf with his ketchup and I just made meatloaf yesterday.

I didn't really need a whole pound of sliced ham. I'm going to use 8 ounces next week to make lasagna but the only 8 ounce packages they had were the kinds with too many carbs or they weren't rectangular. I like to use the large rectangular slices for my "pasta". I'll just freeze the other half of the package for the next time I make low carb lasagna.

I don't buy pickles very often but I plan to make a low carb version of my Grandma's German potato salad next week and she always put some Claussen pickle juice in her dressing. They're expensive but at least I had a 75-cent coupon for them. Hopefully I'll get a good price on cauliflower for the "potato" salad when I go to Food Town next Tuesday. I'll also buy the green onions and parsley for the salad that day.

I wasn't in desperate need of another juice bottle but I couldn't pass up getting a nice Rubbermaid one for around a dollar. I use that kind when I make my sugar free drink mixes and I also keep one filled with filtered tap water in the fridge all the time. It's easier to pour water from that bottle than directly from my Brita pitcher. I keep that full and in the back of the fridge to refill the smaller bottle as needed.


  1. I too love ketsup and use your EVEN BETTER "HEINZ" KETCHUP recipe. I plan on cooking it next time (as you sugessted) to see how the consistency is.
    Made your Sloppy Joe Stuffed Peppers last night. They were great and we will be making them again. Had more flavor that my usual recipe.
    Keep up the great work! I've been using your recipes for several years. You're my Go To Girl for low carb recipes. And I love to see your shopping purchases! Thanks!!

    1. Thanks for your nice comments, Ann. The stuffed peppers are a favorite in our house.

  2. Hi Linda, I came to "discover" you when I joined Low Carb Friends. By way of having a small temper fit I decided to make my own reduced sugar ketchup. I tried your "Even Better Than Heinz" recipe and I really like it. It even freezes well. I live alone and try to make a double batch when I make it but it's necessary to freeze about half of it. The "temper fit"? When buying a bottle of the Heinz Reduced Sugar ketchup one day (about 2.48 for 13 oz.) I noticed their new wider, squattier bottle that can sit on it's cap for $2.99. I thought "well great, more ketchup for less money per oz. and a better bottle". Wrong! I didn't even look at the oz. on the new bottle. At home I looked at them and noticed both bottles - old and new - were 13 oz. I paid .50 more for a plastic bottle. I think part of my problem was I was annoyed with myself for not checking. On the store shelves, the old bottles are gone and the new ones are there for the higher price. So I decided I could learn to make my own ketchup. I also learned a good lesson in reading labels. When I first came across your ketchup recipe you added a note saying it cost about .97 a bottle to make. Can you update that cost to today's prices? I'll still think it's a great bargain!

    1. I still have one of the old "upside down" bottles that I refill with my own ketchup and it says 14 ounces on the label. So, they shrunk them to 13 ounces later. I bet that the new ones will only have 12 ounces in them.

      There's not much point in me updating the cost per bottle info because prices for the ingredients are different for everyone depending on where they live and where they shop, etc. The price is only approximate. I pay 44-cents for a can of tomato paste and about 20-cents per can of tomato sauce. Sometimes I get the sauce even cheaper when they're six for a dollar. If you buy name brands you'll pay quite a bit more though. I only buy store brands or whatever is cheapest.