I made several trip this week and have drawn up menus/ideas for this months food budget. I was also fortunate to find several items on sale. Kroger sends coupons on a regular basis to their card members and this months mailing included some free vegetables! I always find it worthwhile to use my Kroger card to save money. I also found cereal on sale at Walgreen's. I always keep an eye out for sales at Walgreen's and it paid off this month!
Kroger 1 minute oatmeal $3.89 (about 15 1 cup servings)
1 box spaghetti $1
1 box whole wheat Rotini $1
3-1 lb dry beans (@1.39 each) $4.17
4 boxes veggie Rotini (sale @.69) $2.76
4 lb sugar $1.50
5 lb rice $2.98
Kroger non-fat dry milk $6.59
(should make 3-4 gallons)
1 jar pasta sauce $1.29
3 boxes Cheerios $5.91
(Walgreens sale @ $1.97 each!)
4 loaves of bread (Kroger) $1.96
(mgrs special! put 3 in freezer)
3 cans spinach (@ $1 each) $3.00
Kroger brand peanut butter $2.99
Dozen eggs $2.00
(sale at Kroger)
mini carrots FREE
Frozen broccoli FREE
$41.04 total spent over several shopping trips! I have tea, olive oil, ketchup, and margarine in the pantry as well. This should easily last through the rest of March. Meaning that I am going to eat on $1.64 a day- well below the KY SNAP average of $4.24 a day) until the end of March! I did buy several Rubbermaid containers that I found on sale. Cooking for one is a pain and means I usually make 2-6 meals at a time and stash them in the fridge.
Note that I only used 2 coupons (for the free carrots and broccoli). I'm just not into cutting coupons when buying store brands and catching sales is a much better way (for me anyhow) to stretch money.