Even in the midst of my 31 Days of Chocolate, I’m still keeping busy with teaching and our normal day to day life. Since I’m doing lots of baking, I still need to shop.
I started this month by shopping at Kroger.
I mainly went for the $1 cream cheese. I need three bars for my chocolate chip cheesecake (stay tuned) as well as a couple other recipes.
The Colegate toothpaste, Safeguard soap, and Wolf chili were free.
The new Campbells soups were $0.50 each (after sale and tripled coupon). I like to keep these in my desk at school for a quick, healthy and delicious school lunch. The Chips Ahoy were $0.50, which I donated to the Sem Food Bank.
At Kroger, I spent $11.49 and saved 65 percent.
Then, I drove down the road to Meijer.
Meijer was running a Quaker promotion where I got $2 off my purchase when I purchased 4 products. I added two $1/2 Quaker coupons, so I paid $1.50 for each box of cereal and $1 for each box of granola bars.
I needed some baking supplies for my chocolate recipes (Andes chips, whipping cream and almonds), all of which were cheaper at Meijer than Kroger. Kroger is my sale store and Meijer is my stock-up store.
I also did the Meijer Naturals Catalina again. This allowed me to get Natural Peanut Butter for free, and since I bought the Meijer Naturals tomato sauce in a separate transaction, I earned another $3 catalina. I spent $2.10 on the tomato sauce and earned a $3 catalina. That worked out nicely! This promotion is good through the 13th, so I’ll do it once or twice more before then. Have you done this promotion yet?
At Meijer, I spent $18.56.
I also spent $1.79 on a gallon of milk at CVS. It was cheaper than at Meijer, thanks to an ECB deal.
This week, I spent $31.84. Of my monthly $160 budget, this leaves me with $128.16 to spend on our groceries, toiletries, paper products and cleaning supplies. I’m off to a good start this month! How about you?