Friday, July 12, 2013

Grocery shopping and menus, June 30-July 6

This week was much less eventful in the area of shopping and cooking - and much busier for me, thus my delay in getting a summary posted. I'll keep this brief, and will hopefully be back in a few days with a post about this week.

What we bought
Fareway shopping trip
  • Honey-wheat pita pocket bread (10 ct) - marked down to 0.99
  • Red delicious apples, 4.05 lb at $0.88/lb - 3.56
  • Kraft Miracle Whip, 30 oz - 2 jars at 2.49 each - used $1/1 man. coupons and $1/1 store coupons
  • Reynolds foil baking cups - 2 at 0.99 - used $1/1 man. coupons, so FREE!
  • Pork and beans - 4 cans at 0.29 each (sale)
  • TOTAL - $7.79 - saved $5.00 with coupons (more with sales and markdowns)

Hy-vee shopping trip
  • Honey Nut Cheerios - 4 boxes at 4/$9 - used $4/4 store coupon and two $1/2 man. coupons
  • TOTAL - $3.00 - saved $6.00 with coupons

Paul's Grains shopping trip
My family generously gives us some of the items they raise on their farm, as well as letting us in on discount prices for items they purchase in bulk. This is a huge help to our budget, and definitely helps us afford to eat much more healthy than we could otherwise! We made a trip out to the farm this week, so I went "shopping" while there and got the following items:
  • Whole wheat flour, 5 pounds - free, since they grow and grind it there
  • Unbleached all-purpose flour, 5 pounds - 3.65
  • Quinoa, 3 pounds - 6.75
  • "Spike" seasoning blend, 1/2 pound - 3.00
  • "Real Salt", 2 pounds - 4.32
  • Raw goat milk, 4 quarts - free
  • Free-range eggs, 1 doz. - free
  • TOTAL - $17.72

WEEKLY TOTAL - $28.51 - saved $11.00 with coupons (more, if you count sales, markdowns, and gifts)

What We Ate
Since we were visiting with my family from Thursday through Sunday, I got half the week off from menu planning. Yay! Here's what we ate here before the trip:
  • Sunday: Taco salad (quick and easy, since church was in the morning and Joe had to work the evening shift)
  • Monday: Fish fillets baked with creamy sauce, whole grain noodles, green salad
  • Tuesday: Whole wheat biscuits from scratch, gravy with fresh rosemary and ground pork, tomato/cucumber salad
  • Wednesday: "Date" lunch at Village Inn - fun, but we weren't terribly impressed even with the free pie and probably won't go back.
  • Breakfasts: Apples and peanut butter, bananas, raisin English muffins (from the freezer)


  1. I am envious of the apples - I had to get some onions yesterday and was horrified by the prices of fruit - $2.20lb for the cheapest apples and bananas at .99c lb.

  2. Oh, wow - those prices would be awful! Where is it that you live - I'm guessing somewhere further north than we are here in Iowa? (I don't recognize your screenname, so apologies if I should know who you are. :) )

  3. it's me Heather S from ND - for some odd reason it signed me in as Hnatural!

  4. Aha! I thought it might be you, but the Hnatural was throwing me off. :)