It’s taken me longer than I anticipated to wrap up my month of shopping in May. There were so many deals this month – especially on diapers! I am happy to say that I stayed $5 under my monthly $400 budget in May. For those of you who love seeing how I shop, here are the pictures and highlights from my shopping trips in May. Remember that I stock up when there are sales so my trips don’t always look balanced – but we eat well! 🙂
I’ll start with one of the last trips of the month but one of my favorite ones deal wise! Meijer had hamburger on sale for $1.79/lb around Memorial Day. I obviously went and bought 16 pounds because it was almost half price! It’s a no brainer from the frugal shopping perspective. I froze 4 pounds of the meat as hamburger patties and cooked the rest up for the freezer. I froze the cooked hamburger in 1 lb bags so it is easy for me to grab a pound when it is dinner. This saves me so much time! Oh, I also froze a couple smaller bags of cooked meat for taco salads and nachos.
Pace picante sauce (my favorite brand) was on sale for $0.99 and Crystal light was also $0.99. That is a gift for my brother who likes the energy drinks but can’t get deals like this in St. Louis! The cereal was $1.89 a box for the larger boxes and milk $1.79. Every trip I am buying milk for my kids it seems. 5 pounds of vidalia onions were on sale for $2.99 too. At Meijer, I spent $47.95.
Aldi is still my go to place for wine! I think the taste is very good, especially for the price of $2.89 a bottle! Their generic go-gurt at $1.55 makes a fun treat for the kids. Their pork sausage is a clean version we’ve discovered. A little fattier than some sausages but a good flavor and a good price at $1.89. Syrup ($1.89), oats ($2.59), spices ($0.95), eggs ($0.78), strawberries ($1.29) and broccoli ($1.79) finished the trip. This Aldi trip totaled $26.30.
I did a quick trip into Kroger to stock up on diapers. They have been having SO many good diaper sales these past two months, and I really do love the Kroger diapers! Every time they go on sale for $3.29, I buy more packages. On this trip (not pictured), I bought 8 packages of Huggies wipes ($0.99 each) and 6 packages of Kroger diapers. The diapers were on sale for $3.29 and I had a coupon for $1.75 off, so the packages really were $3.00 a package. Amazing price for sure!
In addition to that, I bought the following. Tortilla chips ($1.25 a bag), tortillas ($0.95), bananas, ground pork (2.92 lbs for $1.99!) and bacon. The large package of Oscar Meyer bacon is normally $9.29. It was on sale for $6.99 and part of the mega deal (with the diapers and wipes) so $5.99. I had a $3 digital coupon off any bacon so got it for $2.99! Woohoo. Love stacking deals like that! So, for all the diapers and wipes and groceries below, I spent $38.58 at Kroger. This was an excellent trip!
Aldi is still my go to place for low prices on produce. On this trip, I bought blueberries ($1.49), grapes ($1.79/lb), pink lady apples ($3.99/3lbs), green peppers ($1.99), broccoli ($1.79), carrots ($0.99/3lbs), cauliflower ($1.89) and sweet potatoes ($2.99/3lbs). Have you ever tried pink lady apples? We think they are very similar to honey crisp – only not as expensive. This bag did have a couple apples that were bruised all through the inside which was disappointing but usually the apples are fine.
I also bought sweet potato chips ($1.89), Worcestershire sauce ($0.99), cool whip ($0.79), salami ($2.59) and my kids favorite turkey ($3.99) At Aldi, I spent $30.04. Considering all the produce I bought, I was pleased with that total.
When Meijer had boneless pork loin on sale for $1.29/lb, I bought 2. I cut the first one in half and we got several meals out of it. The other one is still in my freezer. I always buy meat when it’s on sale and freeze it for later. It is a great way to save large amounts on your grocery bill!
I used some coupons Meijer had sent me for random deals. My hard contact lens solution is more expensive than soft so I buy it whenever I have a $1.50/1 coupon like this. I also had a $0.30/1 coupon for diced tomatoes, a $0.40/1 coupon for milk, a $0.30/1 coupon for salsa and a $0.30/1 coupon for bananas. 2 waffles, 1 ketchup, 2 bags of lettuce, 2 coleslaw, 1 beans, 1 olives, 1 chex mix and 1 yellow pepper were all part of the “Buy 10 for $10, get the 11th free.” Or as I like to figure it, $0.90 each. I happened to stumble across oats that were $1.49 a large container which is a dollar cheaper than Aldi. I bought 2 containers even though I knew we had enough now. My kids like oatmeal for breakfast and my homemade granola.
My Meijer total was $49.22 for this trip.
This Meijer trip was a quick stop on the way to pick up Nathan from preschool. I needed paper for my printer ($4.49) and molasses ($3.59) for a gingerbread recipe for book club. Unbleached flour was $0.99/5 lbs, so I bought 5 bags. Since I bake all our homemade bread, we go through flour regularly. The lemonade concentrate ($1.59) was also for book club. I also refilled 4 jugs of water for $0.39 each. Not pictured or counted in the grocery total was Emma’s new Rapunzel Barbie that she got for giving up her pacifier at night. Why we did this while my husband was gone in DC, I don’t know! But she was interested and we went with it. It was a rough first night but she never asked for it again. Whew. Glad that is done! At Meijer, I spent $18.70.
We stopped at Kroger on the way home from church one Sunday to buy more milk. The half gallons were $0.88 which made them cheaper than the gallons. I think it is obvious which I chose to buy! The large cottage cheese and sour creams were on sale for $1.29 each. Eggs were $0.79 and 5 lbs of potatoes were $1.99. The kids requested nachos for dinner so I bought beans for $0.79 and a large bag of tortilla chips. This was the week they had Mission tortilla chips for $0.99 but they were all sold out when I got there. I had some coupon loaded to my card that made these chips $0.99 so I was okay with that! At Kroger, I spent $15 exactly. That doesn’t happen very often!
Aldi isn’t as cheap as it used to be, but I do like that I can get in and out quickly. On this trip, the girls and I ran in quickly on the way to school again. We bought turkey ($3.99), cauliflower ($1.89), broccoli ($1.69 this week), applesauce ($1.89), our favorite pepperoni ($2.19), sour cream ($0.99) and honey ($4.99). At Aldi, we spent $21.61.
See what I mean about diaper stockpiling? This was another week where I stocked up on $3.29 diapers at Kroger. I bought 7 packages of diapers (some for us, and some for a diaper drive at church) and 5 packages of Huggies wipes at $0.99. I had another $1.75/1 diaper coupon that I used too. I bought so many diapers, I couldn’t fit everything in one picture!
Grocery wise, I also bought the following at Kroger. Butter was on sale for $1.99 so I bought my limit of 5 pounds and put it straight in the freezer. The Core water was free. The Sabra taco hummus is my favorite but I only buy it when it’s on sale for $1.99. Colgate ended up being free, thanks to a sale and digital coupon. Same with the Carefree pads. The Suave for kids was only $0.99 after sales and coupons. The cereal boxes were $1.79 a box and treats for the kids, while the Larabars were $2.49 (thanks to the same sale and another digital coupon) and a treat for me.
For everything in the 2 pictures, I spent $54.42 at Kroger. That is pretty amazing, even to me, considering how many diapers I bought!
I compared prices at Walmart and actually bought some groceries there. I don’t know where my picture went but it was full of produce, some almonds ($4.92), blocks of cheese ($1.74) and chips ($0.92). At Walmart, I spent $30.35.
If you stuck with me this long, here’s a concise overview of all my groceries for the month of May.
- 5/1 Aldi $23.60
- 5/5 Kroger $15.00
- 5/8 Aldi $26.30
- 5/8 Meijer $18.70
- 5/13 Kroger $38.58
- 5/15 Meijer $48.22
- 5/17 Kroger $54.42
- 5/20 Kroger $27.77
- 5/22 Aldi $30.04
- 5/22 Meijer $47.95
- 5/28 Walmart $30.35
- 5/28 Aldi $34.63
- May Total = $395.56
Like I said at the beginning, I was thrilled that I was closely under my $400 budget for the month of May! This is where I like to be.
I shopped at 4 times at Aldi, 4 times at Kroger, 3 times at Meijer and only 1 time at Walmart for a total of 12 shopping trips in the 5 weeks of May. I’ve never really broken it down like that, but I know I make a lot of little trips because I am a sale shopper. I go where I need to for the best prices. The grocery stores are all relatively close and my kids don’t mind shopping so it works out.
Now it is summer and our shopping is always different – especially when we are traveling. We won’t shop at the grocery store as much, but we will be eating out more. It’s different areas of the budget, but my grocer savings does usually help cover a meal or two as we drive. To give you a more accurate picture, I will probably share June and July together.
So, I am curious. What do you do in the summer when your kids are home and you are traveling and hosting cook outs? Do you increase your budget? Do you shop differently? How does summer impact your grocery budget?