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Maybe once summer ends I will get back into my regular grocery reports but for now? I’m wrapping up another month all at once.
How can it be that June is almost over? Oh, yes. I know. We’ve been busy selling our house! And guess what? After 2 weeks of being on the market with 16 showings, we sold our house! It’s under contract now, so provided the appraisal goes smoothly, we are scheduled to close on July 21. It’s been a whirlwind month but we are so thankful that things seem to be moving along smoothly.
We’ve worked hard at keeping the house clean this month for all the showings. We’ve done little bits of packing but are waiting to finish until after the appraisal. The boxes in the garage are piling up! In between the house excitement, we took a quick 5 day trip to Arkansas for my brother-in-law’s ordination as a Lutheran pastor. It was a long 12 hour drive for a quick 2 days together but we were glad to see my whole family. Nathan loved playing with all his cousins! Emma wasn’t quite so sure and preferred to stay close to me. We are definitely in the mama stage right now!
My grocery shopping reflects the randomness of our June. There were lots of little trips to pick up milk, bananas and water jugs as we were driving by. Here’s how June played out grocery wise.
- 6/2 Meijer $15.80
- 6/2 Kroger $31.03
- 6/2 Save-a-Lot $5.98
- 6/5 Meijer $3.85
- 6/11 Meijer $7.68
- 6/12 Kroger $25.20
- 6/18 Meijer $40.86
- 6/21 Meijer $26.29
- 6/26 Meijer $22.98
- 6/26 Aldi $25.13
- 6/29 Meijer $18.76
- 6/30 Kroger $11.42
- June Total $234.98 out of $260 budget
As you can see, my shopping was quite sporadic, with various small trips made my husband or myself as we were driving by – stopping to pick up meat, milk and produce. It was nice to still be a decent amount under budget for the little planning I did this month! More details now, on some of my shopping trips.
The kids and I stocked up on some mega deals at Kroger to start the month off. I got 3 bags of Doritos for $1.55 each, thanks to digital coupons and the sale. I bought 4 boxes of Triscuits for $1.39. The thin ones really are my favorite crackers. I also bought 3 more blocks of cheese, since the 16 ounce blocks were on sale for $2.49 again. I had a digital coupon so paid $2.20 a block instead. Even better! I love Kroger’s dairy deals.
Sabra hummus was on sale for $1.49, thanks to the mega sale. Andy has discovered that he likes the taco flavored variety so I bought 3 containers while they were on sale. Of course, the lady at the self scan rang up an extra one, claiming mine hadn’t scanned. I had to wait in line at the service desk to get it fixed but when I did, she took off the regular price of $4.99, so I basically paid $1.49 for all three cartons which made it a really good deal!
On our way back from Arkansas, we stopped by Meijer before we even went home. Why? Nestle chocolate chips were on sale for $1! Plus, it was part of the “Buy 10, get the 11th for free” promotion. I bought 27 bags of chocolate chips. Yes, you read that right. 27. My freezer is stocked and ready to bake! I even had a bonus $5 thanks to buying a gift card, so I really spent only $0.71 a bag. Since bags normally cost $2.79, I saved over $56 just by stocking up on chocolate chips now. This is one reason I am a big believer in stockpiling the deals you use! 🙂
I did a quick run into Meijer on the 21st for a big box of diapers for Emma. Meijer brand were on sale for $4 off and I had an Mperks offer for $3 off any purchase. I also refilled our water while I was there. I spent $26.29 on that Meijer trip.
I bought 80% lean ground beef for $1.79 a pound at Meijer this week, as part of the early 4th of July specials. I bought 6 pounds and came home to immediately divide it up into 1 pound packages for the freezer. I also picked up 5 empty boxes perfect for packing on this trip to Meijer. Frugal me loves getting boxes this way and the Meijer people were quite happy to give me some of their boxes!
I sent Andy back to the store later that week on his way home from school. He bought me 9 more pounds of meat since the price was just too good to pass up. Oh, and a gallon of milk.
My only Aldi trip of the month found me stocking our fridge with produce and restocking on a couple baking items. I got fresh cauliflower ($1.99), 2 heads of broccoli crowns ($1.29 each), asparagus ($1.89), zucchini ($1.29), and grapes (2 pounds for $1.58).
I also bought baking soda ($0.49), applesauce ($1.89), cocoa ($2.19), brown sugar ($1.29), quick oats ($2.39), and milk ($1.59). I bought generic fruit loops as a treat for Nathan ($1.39) and diced peach cups for Emma ($1.69). Of course, Emma dropped the fruit cups and they started leaking peach juice all over the store. Thankfully, I was able to salvage them at home. At Aldi, I was reminded that I like being able to “splurge” more thanks to their lower prices.
I ended the month with a quick trip to Kroger on our way to a play date with friends. I really wanted to restock our shelves with the $0.49 Creamette pasta. I also had a $1 Creamette coupon so I ended up paying $0.37 a box for 8 boxes.
I also bought Hefty bags since they were on sale for $0.99 and I had a digital $2/3 digital coupon which made each box only $0.33. The General Mills cereal was $1.29 a box which was a good price for a summer treat. The Mocktails juice and steak jerky were free, thanks to Friday freebies.
I had coupons which made the Annie’s mac and cheese $0.50 a box. The Suddenly Salad boxes were $0.75 each after a coupon, which I bought for an upcoming time with friends, as it’s easy to prepare.
I did find some good deals this month. Now, I’m working on menu planning for July, for the next couple weeks until we move. How was your June, grocery shopping wise?