In case you didn’t know this about me, I love grocery shopping. I am well aware that this is not normal (at least I don’t think it is…), but it’s true! I especially love HEB. For those of you that don’t live in Texas and have never been to an HEB, I’m sorry. When you come to visit Texas, call me, and I will take you.
About my grocery parameters (for lack of a better term):
- I go to the store twice a month (1st and 15th-ish).
- I budget $100 per trip. That equals about $10 per week for my son and $20 per person per week for my husband and me.
- I only buy brand name items if a high-value coupon is attached. Other wise it is all store-brand.
- I never shop without a pre-planned list.
- I always plan my groceries around store sales and coupons.
I think it’s important to make note that I am not a huge coupon-er. I will search for coupons here and there, but most of my coupons come from the store itself. I am not one of those very “enthusiastic” ladies who spends 14 hours clipping coupons, goes to 3 different stores, and then pays 18 cents for $200 of groceries. I personally don’t want to dedicate the time to doing that and then also end up with 2,000 jars of mustard.
So here’s a quick look into my shopping trip today.
The photo above includes my super awesome deals. I’ll just do a quick run-down (left to right) of what each of these items were:
- Buy 1lb of bacon ($7.98), get 4-pack of sausage and cheese Kolaches ($2.97) free.
- Buy Family Size Stouffers meal ($9.67), get Steamable veggies ($1.92), loaf of garlic bread ($1.06), Nestle Tollhouse break & bake cookies ($2.50), and 64 oz Juicy Juice free ($2.38).
- Buy Sweet Home granola ($4.47), get 32 oz Greek Yogurt free ($3.98).
- Buy Kraft Grated Parmesan Cheese ($7.08… It’s HUGE), get 1 lb of meatballs free ($2.97).
- Buy 2 tubs of deli meat ($2.98 each), get all-natural cheese slices ($1.99) free.
This was all the produce I needed to buy this week. Our produce lasts us quite a while because we are super healthy like that. Sale items:
- 6 oz container of blackberries for 98 cents
- *1 lb of red pairs for 98 cents
- 5 lemons for $1
- 1 lb white onion for 88 cents
- *2 lb bag of carrots for 98 cents
- *1 lb of green beans for $1.68
- *1 lb of butternut squash for $1.14
- *1 lb of bananas for 48 cents
*produce marked with an asterisk are items used to make baby food purees.
The rest of the items were regularly priced store-brand staples. We always keep these in our fridge/pantry because we eat it a lot.
- boneless skinless chicken breasts
- tortilla chips
- flour tortillas
- ground sirloin
- pepperoni (we are pizza lovers)
- granola bars
- peanut butter
- toaster pastries
- coffee (I had a $1 off coupon)
Not pictured: I couldn’t really fit our contact solution into a category of photos, and didn’t feel like it warranted a photo all on its own. We buy a store brand 2-pack for $4.94 (brand name is $12 or more for 2; I really don’t know how HEB does that).
So that is my grocery trip for today. Any guesses as to how much it cost…………….?
Before applying coupons, it was just over $120. After?
…wait for it….
Feeling pretty good about that.
What are some ways you save on groceries? I am always looking for more money saving ideas!!