My Shopping Trip: Beautiful Flowers and Empty Wallets

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After hearing how gorgeous the hanging baskets were at the Strafford greenhouse, mom and I decided to make a trip.  They were absolutely gorgeous- and just $20!

Because we were in the area, we swung by Harter House to get groceries.  They have such great prices, and this week is 29¢ Mars candy bars.  With boys that will only eat Three Musketeers and Snickers, this is a great sale.

We’ve been trying to eat solely out of the stockpile, and quite honestly, I’m getting burnt out.  Do you ever get ‘chef’s block’?  That’s where the only things I can think of to fix are tacos and pasta.  Needless to say, everyone’s getting a little tired of it.

I don’t like to spend money on groceries at all, and over the course of four stops today, I spent $90.  That will feed us for a month, but it seems like a lot of money for just one trip.  I guess I’m a little cheap, because when asking around I noticed that a lot of my friends would be thrilled with $90 a week, much less a $90 month. 

How do I do it?  As we discuss in my Ultimate Couponing workshops, I buy ahead.    Instead of buying one of everything, regardless of price, I pick up several of an item that is at a rock bottom price. I count each week’s expenses as my grocery budget, it’s just allocated differently by meal.

What did I buy today?

Harter House

  • 20 Candy Bars
  • Crisco Oil
  • 1 lb Zucchini
  • 1 lb Fresh Green Beans
  • Grape Tomatoes
  • 8 Boxes of Cereal
  • 1 lb. Genoa Salami
  • 1 lb. Pepperoni
  • 9 lbs. Boston Burger
  • 2 cartons (16 ounce) Sour Cream
  • 1 carton (16 ounce) French Onion Dip
  • 8 Handi Snacks (4-pack)
  • Pita Bread

Penny Pinchers

  • 4 lbs French Fries
  • 2 lbs Potato Wedges
  • 5 lbs Biscuit Mix (like Hardees, not Bisquik)
  • 2 packages of Honey Buns
  • 48 Yoplait Yogurt
  • 1 Loaf Sara Lee Bread
  • 1 Package Sourdough Buns


This is because they are the ONLY store in the area that carries frozen, chopped spinach in a bag and Sargento cheese.

  • 3 packages of spinach
  • 3 boxes of elbow noodles
  • 1 box Shell pasta
  • 20 candy bars (because Harter House had a limit of 20)
  • Sargento Cheese
  • 2 Kings’ Hawaiian Rolls

I’m sure there were other items that I’m forgetting to list.  These items are almost all that we’ll need to get through the month.  I do need to stop by our local store for deli meat, milk, and produce throughout the next couple of weeks.

What do you think?  What’s your weekly grocery budget?  Do you shop per meal or in ‘chunks’ like I do?

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