Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Shopping List - Week of November 9 - November 15


KROGER (Tuesday):
2 Ice cream @ 2.98 each (minus 10% discount/.40 coupon) - $4.96
Peanut butter @ 1.79 (FREE coupon) - $.00
1 can tuna @ .69 (minus 10% discount) - $.62
1 can great northern beans @ .69 (minus 10% discount) - $.62
Parmesan cheese @ 2.97 (minus 10% discount) - $2.67
2 pounds dark brown sugar @ 1.50 (minus 10% discount) - $1.35

TOTAL - $10.22

WALMART (Tuesday):
4 ounce can green chiles - $.58
Distilled water - $.88 (for ironing)

TOTAL - $1.46

ALDI (Tuesday):
Flour - $1.19
Sugar - $1.39
Decaf coffee - $2.69
Coffee $2.79
1 pound baby carrots - $.69
5 8-ounce packages cheese @ 1.89 each - $9.45
1 pound butter - $2.29
1 pound jalapeƱos - $.70
Pork rinds - $.99
Brown & serve rolls - $.59
Bread - $.99
2 dozen eggs @ .99 each - $1.98

TOTAL - $25.74


It's supposed to turn really cold here on Thursday and there were some things on sale at Aldi that I wanted to get before their sale from last week ended. So, I went ahead and did all of my shopping for the week today. I got a few more items for the Thanksgiving dinner and also some ingredients for Christmas baking. I will make a few Christmas cookies for my husband and son.

The strawberry ice cream and the rolls are for Thanksgiving. Aldi had the rolls marked down to 59-cents. Since they're about to expire, I stuck them in the freezer for now. I will be making a strawberry jello salad for the guys which calls for strawberry jello, strawberry ice cream, frozen strawberries and Cool Whip. Too bad that it's not low carb because it's delicious.

The only things left to buy for Thanksgiving dinner are the celery, a few potatoes, 2 pounds of mushrooms and maybe a frozen fruit pie for the guys. I will also make a homemade high carb pumpkin pie for them so perhaps they don't need a second pie. I'll wait and see if Food Town has a good sale on pies just before Thanksgiving. They sometimes have them super cheap. If not, the guys will have to be content with pumpkin pie.

I bought the great northern beans and the carrots to make a pot of White Bean Soup this coming weekend. I'm not sure yet if I will eat any of it but the carbs aren't too terribly high for a small serving. The recipe is an old family favorite. I was going to buy two carrots but Aldi had a pound of the baby ones for only 68-cents. I figured that I'd spend at least that much for two large carrots by the pound and Jerry can snack on the leftover carrots.


  1. Will you make a low carb dessert for yourself, Linda? Also, I wondered what your weekly grocery bill averages out to? What do you normally spend a month? Thanks, Linda!

    1. Do you mean for Thanksgiving dessert? I'm still thinking about that. If I do, I'll make something that doesn't make a lot of servings because the guys will have their pie.

      I try to spend $60 or less per week on groceries and that also includes non-food items.

  2. Thanks, Linda. That is amazing grocery budget. I've been reading your blog for a long time and I still can't quite figure out how you do it. :-) What is your trick? I can see that shopping weekly is one way you keep your budget under control. Do you have any other things you practice as you are preparing for the week? Do you make up your menu from what is in your pantry? Or do you shop the ads first? How would you instruct someone to lower their low carb food budget bill? I can't use dairy so a lot of the LC casseroles won't work for me.

    1. I do plan my menu around what I have on hand but I also read the ads before shopping. I usually shop twice a week so that I can visit stores in different areas. I have Food Town and HEB in one direction and then Aldi, Sprouts, Walmart, another HEB and Kroger in another direction from me.

      I think that planning my menu in advance is probably the biggest key to saving money. I can always change it as needed but it helps to have it as a guide. Also, I nearly always buy meat when it's on sale or marked down. I very rarely pay regular price for meat or cheese. When I need items that aren't on sale, I usually buy the store brand.

  3. Thanks for your site and all your recipes, I have used them endlessly!