- Thrifty Plan: $106.20
- Low-cost Plan: $135.10
- Moderate-cost Plan: $167.60
- Liberal Plan: $208.80
Let's take a look at our first week! But first let me warn you that this is a very unusual shopping week for me. I didn't need too many ingredients for our meals this week and we didn't need very many staples, leaving me with some extra money. I happened to come upon some amazing sales and coupons, so I was able to do a major cereal stock-up with that excess.
Also, if you'll notice, my meal plan is only for dinners. I don't typically plan breakfasts and lunches. However, our typical breakfast options are oatmeal, cereal, yogurt, toast, and eggs. Lunches consist of leftovers, quesadillas, salads, PB&J, deviled eggs (my daughter's absolute favorite!), and bean and cheese burritos.
Wednesday: BBQ Chicken Salad
Thursday: Spicy Chicken Risotto, salad
Friday: Eat at friends'
Saturday: Pinto Bean Casserole
Sunday: Potato and Ham Quiche
This week the sales were pretty spread out, but my 7-month-old daughter was being quite cooperative while I shopped, so I was able to hit up quite a few stores in order to get the best deals. Typically, I only go to 2-3 stores each week.
Store 1: Sprouts
I neglected to get a picture of my Sprouts purchase, but I bought 2 lbs of bulk oatmeal for $0.69/lb and seedless grapes for $0.98/lb. Total: $3.07
Store 2: Food4Less
I do most of my shopping at Food4Less. Usually I don't buy my produce there, because I can get it cheaper elsewhere. This week, I just bought it all there because I needed to hit up some other stores I don't normally go to.
BBQ sauce: $0.99
Butternut squash (for baby food): $2.07
Baking powder: $1.99
Yellow onions: $0.59
Romaine lettuce: $0.99
2 Green bell peppers: $1.58
Green onions: $0.33
Broccoli crowns: $1.25
Red bell pepper: $0.99
Pasilla chilles: $1.00
Iceberg lettuce: $0.99
Tortilla chips: $1.89
2 lbs strawberries: $1.98
Store 3: Pavilions (Safeway affiliate)
This is where my shopping trip was highly unusual. They had many of their General Mills cereals and Nature Valley granola bars on sale for $1.49 each when you buy them in multiples of 4. I had quite a few high value coupons for cereal and granola bars, and when combined with the sale, I scored a lot of food for a little bit of money. We are all stocked up on cereal for a little while. :)
2 boxes Cheerios: $1.49 each
4 boxes Honey Nut Cheerios: $1.49 each
3 boxes Multi-Grain Cheerios: $1.49 each
4 boxes Kix: $1.49 each
3 boxes Nature Valley Granola Bars: $1.49 each
Total after coupons: $12.83
Store 4: Ralphs (Kroger affiliate)