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Old 09-11-2007, 07:24 AM   #11
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Sounds like you got alot of shopping done! I don't think walmart will match other stores generic brands (like Save alot) but they will match exact products from other ad circulars. I go to walmart alot and i always bring the others stores ads with me. I circle what i want in BIG BLACK sharpie at home so i don't forget to tell the clerk. If gerbes (dillons) has good sales i will bring the ad with me and have walmart match the price When you get your WIC that will help you out alot with the cereal, juice, milk, eggs...didn't you say you made an appt?

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Old 09-11-2007, 07:26 AM   #12
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I hear ya mama on the pregnancy chocolate cravings!!! DH came with me grocery shopping last Sunday and we had $50 to spend for the week.

Well, with DH there, it's more like $40 for actual food that I planned on getting...

Anyway, we are about to check out and DH looks at me as I am staring at the bags of chocolate sitting next to checkout (rolos, crunch bars, hersheys, mmm) and he says "you know you'll eat the bag at once if you get any, right?" I was surprised... "Oh! I am not buying it. I'm eating it with my mind..." He looked at me like I was crazy (maybe I am). But adding $2 bags of candy to the cart kills the budget quick!

As I was paying he grabbed a bag of M&Ms (chocolate kind, woo) and tossed them in the cart. Yeah... I ate a bunch when we got home

HOWEVER the moral is 1) I resisted the candy at the store! and 2) We only spent $49.05
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I can do that too, as long as my kids aren't with me. When they're with me, I don't get 1/2 the things on my list (which then requires another 1/2 hour drive to the store) and they get a bunch of junk we don't need.

I told dh from now on, the kids will NOT come with me to get groceries and I'll be doing 90% of my shopping at Aldi's (cheap store) like I used to.

It's just getting rediculous what we're spending on food and extras. Dh agrees.
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Sweet! You got a TON of stuff for that much! Should the gatorade last you a good long time?That was a big chunk out of the budget, but at least it'll last.

I didn't know if you wanted us to point out anything that you could improve on..if not then disregard! LOL I noticed you spent 10.57 on breads, not including the box mixes. You could make your own..(I know you make good biscuits!) and save a good bit from that.

Congrats for coming out UNDER budget!! WOOHOO

So whats on the menu?
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I have to agree with you earthmama!! I used to shop at Walmart, its basically right next door to our apt complex. But then I started shopping at Payless (Kroger) b/c they actually have sales on things and I end up spending less than at Walmart. I know people think that Walmart is so cheap, but on some stuff its more expensive. I can get my groceries cheaper at Kroger! Plus I get 10cents off of gas for every $100 I spend at Kroger.
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I can do that too, as long as my kids aren't with me. When they're with me, I don't get 1/2 the things on my list (which then requires another 1/2 hour drive to the store) and they get a bunch of junk we don't need.

I told dh from now on, the kids will NOT come with me to get groceries and I'll be doing 90% of my shopping at Aldi's (cheap store) like I used to.

It's just getting rediculous what we're spending on food and extras. Dh agrees.
thats what i tell my dh! IF i take all 3 kids with me we end up with boxes of poptarts, sweet sugar cereal, chips, boxes of juicies, several bags of chips, waffles shaped like Spongebob...etc LOL! And i end up forgetting stuff i actually wanted to get! Not to mention my kids are positively terrible in the store! Its like they save up all their bad ideas and try them out in the store!
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heres some ideas for next time::::::


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Spent $143 this time (was $150 last time, so we've gotten better!) DH insisted on going to walmart so heres what we got: (I'd forgotten to add a few things on my list)

RED=name brand

-1 bag store brand egg noodles-$1
-1 big box store brand cornflakes-$1.33
-1 box kellogs cereal b/c the kind dh likes isn't made in generic-$2.63
-1 bag frozen biscuits-$3.42
-1 bag frozen veggies-$1.72
-2 bags frozen broccoli-.84
-1 thing of fresh romaine lettuce-$1.48
-2 cucumbers-.64 a peice
-1 bag california veggies (frozen)-$1.26
-2 boxes store brand dry rotini pasta-.68 a box
-1 magazine on sale for $1.99 b/c its been so long since ive bought oneWomans Day-lotsa tips!
-1 ranch dressing (dh had to have name brand)-$3.18!
-1 store brand italian dressing-$1.28
-1 giant container generic ketchup-$1.98
-1 bag oranges-$4.87
-2 bags bacon bits (couldnt find generic, sigh)-$2.74
-2 frozen grape juices-$1.46
-1 head iceburg lettuce-$1.28
-canned yams (2)-.86 a can
-store brand canned peaches (2)-.88 a can
-2 cans store brand pineapple-.93 a can
-2 cans generic green beans-.46 a can
-3 fresh tomatoes-$1.73 a lb
-1 can cream of celery-generic-.68 a can
-2 cans cream of chicken-generic-.68 a can
-canned kidney beans (2 )-.50 a can
-5lb bag russet potatoes-$2.68
-2 loaves generic white bread-$1.07 a loaf
-french bread (2 loafs in 1 bag)-$2.73?
-2 bags bake n brown rolls (generic)-$1.14 a bag
-1/2pint choc milk for dd-.51
-1 box generic pancake mix-$1.33
-2 generic baking sodas-.28 a box
-jiffy brand pizza crust mix (2)-.38 a box
-various boxed puddings (2 van, 2 choc)-.50 a box
-2 jiffy brand muffin mix-.48 a box
-1 bag diced walnuts-$2.98!
-1 generic bag brown sugar-$1.22
-2 fruit gushers boxes (dh got these)-$1.98 a box
-1 gallon milk-$3.69 generic brand too!
-1 bottle terriaki sauce-$1.92
-1 generic huge box oatmeal-$1.98
-canned corn (2)-.42 a can
-2 cans tomato paste-.35 a can
-canned mandrin oranges for dh (not sure how many)-.50 a can
-1 generic container half and half-$1.08
-1 generic sour cream-$1.84
-1 generic cottage cheese-$3.26 and thats generic
-6 yoplait yogurts-.54 a peice
-1 store brand cesar salad dressing-$1.28
-1 big bottle spaghetti sauce (dh wont eat the canned kind, sigh)-$2.56
-1 can gatorade powdered drink mix-$8.38! <--stick to kool-aid or another powder drink
-1 store brand pack of boxed raisins for dd-$1.22
-3 generic cream cheese boxes-$1.32
-1 generic block cheddar cheese-$3.67
-2 cans frozen apple juice-.98 a can
-3 small bags chips for dh's lunch (.30 each?) <- buy 1 big bag and then you wont to keep buying little bags
-2 bags frozen ravioli-$1.98
-1 big container cranberry apple juice-$3.88
-1 bag frozen peas-$1.72?
-2 cans generic diced tomatoes-$1.73?
-1 pack ballpark weiners-$1.98
-1 bag apples-$3.32
-2 packs jello w/fruit in it-$1.92 <--make your own jello and put fruit in
-packs koolaid (about 4)-.18each <--cheap, but maybe try the frozen juices
-1 pack generic sliced cheese (was only .94!)
1 generic tub butter-.66
-1 generic box stick margerine-.68
-1 container black pepper b/c we were out-$1.98
-1 dozen med sized eggs-$1.32

***PG woman w/a killer craving for choc avoiding the halloween candy aisle-PRICELESS!**** <-- aint that the truth, LOL

I told dh next time I'm going grocery shopping by myself, at SAVEALOT! But we still got alot for how much we spent.
but you did really good and yeah next time id leave DH in the car--
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Planning for three meals makes a big difference, doesn't it!?!

I just plan for supper and count on leftovers and sandwiches (PB&J, cheese or egg salad) for lunch and oatmeal w/ fruit or yogurt for my breakfast. DS is just starting solids, so he's cheap to feed yet. So, that's part of why we can get by cheap.

I know what you mean about being in a hurry. If I shop around 5:00, it's too busy, I get in a hurry and don't think! You did great, though. It's good to get out of the store w/ a smaller bill than usual.

A note on the cottage cheese - you could just make a pasta bake. Mix up your filling like for the stuffed shells, mixed with sauce & cooked pasta and bake. I had that just a few nights ago and it's on my meal list again.

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Thanks! I didn't need the cottage cheese b/c I was gonna use it for stuffed jumbo shells but couldn't find any...it got buried as well. Then we almost ran into a fam member that I haven't talked to in over a yr for good reasons so I was trying to hurry ~sigh~ I just wanted to enjoy shopping.

All that food goes to DH's lunches and bfast/lunch/dinner every night for 2wks for 2 adults and one toddler who loves to eat.
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oooh good tips, thanks ladies! dh is addicted to his gatorade lol~otherwise we've been drinking juice and koolaid lately. it should last awhile (i hope lol)

as for breads-im def going to try and make my own soon bc we run out of bread sooooo fast, its crazy!

Ashley- i like the m&m's peanut kind so addicting but if i were to buy any, id have to wait all day until dd went to sleep so i could enjoy it

that pasta bake idea sounds really yummy and that way, my cottage chs won't go bad! i used to eat it plain as did dd but since i got pg, it doesnt agree.

i was a bit shocked that the name-brand koolaid was .18 as compared to the .10 generic and was shocked that the only flavors available in generic were cherry and lemonade. -sigh-

dd decided to be fussy while we were shopping too bc she hadn't got to nap~ugh.

On the menu-
b'fast's:
oatmeal
cinn toast
normal toast and eggs
pancakes
plain muffins
grits
cold cereal

lunches:
turkey sandwiches w/apples on side and pb to dip them in
frozen raviolis (i'm gonna cook them lol)
pb sandwiches
homemade mac n chs
leftovers
hot dogs
cesar pasta salad

dinners:
baked spaghetti w/green beans on side and rolls
burgers and tater wedges (i have meat here already)
pinto beans w/cornbread and fried potatoes
terriaki chicken w/pineapples (yum!)
stuffed pasta dish w/garlic toast
chef salad one night
french bread pizza?
baked potato soup
(leftover night hehe)
chicken tortilla soup
Chicken with Pineapple and Orange (slow cooker recipe)
something using the italian dressing i bought (ideas?)


DH's lunches:
roast beef sandwiches (i already have that here) w/a baggie of chips
leftovers
baked potato-loaded w/jello-fruit thingy on side
ravioli's
whatever else i can toss together, lol
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