Thursday, June 26, 2014

Shopping List - Week of June 22 - June 28


HEB (Tuesday):
Nasal strips - $6.88

TOTAL - $6.88

FOOD TOWN (Tuesday):
Napa cabbage @ .78lb - $1.58
Fab detergent - $1.88
12 pk. toilet paper @ 3.66 (minus $1.00 coupon) - $2.66
Onions @ .39lb - $.80
Ground beef @ 1.29lb (marked down) - $4.09
Colgate toothpaste @ 1.19 (minus .75 coupon) - $.44
Green onions - $.34
Ginger root - $.12
12 pack diet Cherry Pepsi - $3.55

TOTAL - $16.21

KROGER (Thursday):
12 pack diet soda @ 2.39 (minus 10% discount) - $2.15
5 x 16-ounce shredded cheese @ 2.99 each (minus 10% discount) - $13.45
Brisket @ 1.99lb (minus $2.00 coupon) - $17.92
8 CARBmaster yogurt @ .40 each (minus 10% discount) - $2.48
American cheese @ 3.69 (minus 10% discount) - $3.32
Peanut butter @ 1.88 (minus 10% discount + .45 coupon) - $1.24

TOTAL - $40.64

WALMART (Thursday):
Shower cleaner - $1.97
Zucchini @ 1.58lb (overcharged) - $1.49
Veggetti - $14.88
Tomato paste - $.44
Coffee - $2.98

TOTAL - $23.15

DOLLAR TREE (Thursday):
9V batteries x 2 - $2.00
Book - $1.00

TOTAL - $3.25

GRAND TOTAL FOR THE WEEK - $89.96 (over budget by $29.96)

I really blew the budget this week, mainly because Kroger had briskets on sale this week and I like to buy one once a year. They were only $1.99 pound but you had to spend at least $20.00 to get the sale price. It helped a little that I had a coupon for $2.00 off a meat purchase and I bought the smallest brisket they had. Well, there was one that was slightly smaller but it had most of the fat trimmed off. I like a brisket with a lot of fat on it. Because I don't have room in the freezer for a huge brisket, I've changed my menu this week a bit and I'll be cooking the brisket tomorrow. I usually buy Woody's Cookin Sauce to give brisket a smoked flavor but I didn't want to spend another $5.00-6.00 to buy the sauce. So, I'm going to try to come up with something similar based on my BBQ sauce recipe. I'll just add less water to the sauce and cook it down so that it's thick enough to rub on the meat. I might also add extra liquid smoke to it because Woody's is very smoky.

Another thing that helped break the budget this week was a new toy called a Veggetti. I'd been keeping an eye out for them at Walmart and they finally had them in stock this week. I thought about waiting and buying one at Bed Bath & Beyond but I don't have a coupon at the moment, it would use a fair amount of gas to drive there and then I wouldn't know until I got there if they had them in stock. So, I just went ahead and got one today at Walmart. And of course, since I was buying a Veggetti, I had to buy some zucchini to try it out on. Once again though, Walmart over charged me. The zucchini was supposed to be $1.18 pound but I was charged $1.58 pound. Ouch! They only had three left in the bin so I bought the two smallest ones. I wasn't sure if the larger one would fit in the Veggetti. I suppose that Walmart had a run on zucchini now that they've got Veggetti's in stock. They did have a lot of yellow squash but they didn't look very nice.

I also bought some batteries and a book at Dollar Tree. I'd seen the movie "Julie & Julia" and I thought it was a nice bargain getting the book for only a dollar.

I won't be using as many coupons from now on because we canceled delivery of the Sunday newspaper. They rarely have useful ones anymore anyway and I'll still get coupons from Kroger occasionally.

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