End of August and Stocking Up on Ground Beef

Whew. After a slow start to the month of grocery shopping, I used up almost all my grocery budget at the end of the month! I knew I would as soon as I saw that ground beef (80% lean) was on sale for $2.99/lb at Meijer. I hadn’t seen a price this low in months – and I only had 2 pounds of ground beef left in my freezer as a result. It was time for me to stock up again! I ended up buying just over 11 pounds which equates to $35 in meat. Although, since the price was normally $4.79/lb, I saved almost $20! Here’s what else I bought with my ground beef.

Meijer - 8/25/14

I needed some more onions and tomato paste so I could can another batch of salsa. 3 batches canned so far…and I hope to can another batch or two, depending on how the rest of our garden tomatoes do. Corn was on sale for $0.25 an ear. I bought 4 ears – and then one of Andy’s students gave us some fresh from their garden. Yum!

I bought spreadable butter that was on sale for $2 because it came with a free dozen eggs. The Diet Coke was my splurge, since I don’t drink coffee. I’m trying not to drink soda as much but some days, I need the caffeine! Finally, I bought a case of bottled water for our trip to Nebraska this weekend. It was on sale for $2.50.

My total was $50.92 BUT I used a Meijer gift card for $20 to help pay. I had received the gift card months back for resubscribing to the newspaper. Since I used the gift card to help cover my cost, only $30.92 came out of my grocery budget.

Since I had a bit of money left, I also restocked my baking cupboard by heading to our local bulk food store. Here’s what I bought there.

Grabill Country Sales - 8/23/14

I needed more yeast ($3.59) and 2 pounds of powdered sugar ($1.92). I also needed some more spices. Cinnamon was $2.62, baking soda was $1.51, and chili powder $0.99. Chili powder has really gotten pricey! I also bought a block of cream cheese at $1.29. It’s not the best price but it was cheaper than the grocery store. I spent $11.92 at the bulk food store.

I spent $42.84 on groceries this week. In August, I spent $174.39, staying just under my $180 budget. The gift card was my saving grace to staying under budget – especially because it allowed me to stock up on ground beef again! How did you do budget wise this month?

Coupons Ending Soon

$1.00 off THREE Old El Paso™ products

It’s almost the end of August, so here is a list of coupons that are expiring soon. Print the ones that you are interested in now because they may or may not return next month.


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Redbox: Daily Mystery Deals

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Now through September 2nd, you can get a daily mystery code from Redbox. The codes will range from discounts to a possible free dvd. Simply text SHOP to 727272 to get these deals.

Pampers: 15 New Points

Pampers Gifts to Grow

There are two new Pampers codes to add to your Gifts to Grow account today. Enter the code FB92BK52SCL4014 (for 10 points) and TWIT87433434A14 (for 5 points).

Target: 20% Off One Spot

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Target just released a new Cartwheel coupon for 20% off any “One Spot” items. You know the one spot? It’s that front section with items priced from $1 to $3. I’ve found some great deals there – as long as I’m not tempted to blow my budget because it’s JUST one dollar! :-) This coupon does not apply to clearance items and can be used up to 4 times in one transaction. It expires September 6th.

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Top 5 Deals of the Week: 8/24 – 8/30

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It’s almost Labor Day which means there are sales on meat and lots of things related to cooking out. Now also brings the lowest prices of the year on cans of pop, so if you’re a soda drinker, stock up now. See how I used both pop and soda in one sentence to cover all my bases depending on where you live? :-) This week, I recommend shopping at Meijer for these deals. No coupons necessary for these good deals! The ground chuck is the lowest price I’ve seen in quite some time so I will be restocking my freezer this week.

1. Ground chuck at $2.99/lb
Final price: $2.99/lb

2. Local grown sweet corn at $8/2
Final price: $0.25 each

3. Grapes at $0.98/lb
Final price: $0.98/lb

4. Pepsi or Coke (24 packs) at $5
Final price: $5

5. Kraft cheese at $2
Final price: $2

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