What We Ate and How Much We Spent on Groceries – Week 17-18 of 52

Week 17 grocery shopping was interesting! Our local Save-A-Lot has a stamp program right now where if you fill a book with 50 stamps you get an amount off your next order. If you fill one book it is $10 off your next order of $25, fill two books and it’s $25 off of $50 and if you fill three stamp books it is $50 off a $100 order or more. With the help of my mom and a friend and my own shopping there I was able to fill three books for $50 off!

There was a problem with that though. I didn’t know how much or what to buy. Seriously it was quite the dilemma. I walked in the store and realized $100 was a lot to spend at a store like Save-A-Lot and I didn’t feel like using a calculator to keep track of what I was buying. So I sucked it up and just started throwing stuff in the cart that looked good, looked useful or just plain sounded good to eat. It was actually liberating. No list, nothing in mind, just pure instant gratification. I got to the checkout and the cashier took one look at my cart and said to me. Mary Margaret I have never seen you buy so much! I know right?!

My total came to $149.49. Eeeeks! But after the $50 off it was only $99.49 amazing! And I got some really fun stuff and filled my pantry.

Here is what I bought at Save-A-Lot:

I haven’t purchased drumsticks ice cream cones in a long time because at over $7 a pop they are super expensive, but hey, why not splurge!

I also spent $28.25 at the Marketplace so total week 17 was $127.74.

Week 18 I hardly bought a thing because I had so much left over from Week 17! I bought creamer, a box of shell pasta, a rotisserie chicken, a big pack of strawberries and a container of Greek olives for a total of $27.47

So here is what we ate the last two weeks:

There were other meals we had that I didn’t get a photo of, but you get the idea.

Total spent on groceries week 17: $127.74

Total spent on groceries week 18: $27.47

Total for April: $438.26

Total so far for May: $27.47

Grand total for the year $2020.03

Whew! That was a lot. Let’s see how week 19 plays out. Have a great week! -MM


Published by marymargaretripley

I am a professional Bakery Manager at a privately owned grocery store. I also owned my own bakery for over four years. I have been baking for 15+ years professionally. I also teach canning and preserving classes and have been gardening since I was 5 years old. I live in Western, NY with my husband, teenage son, Bernie the Cat and Muffins the Hamster.

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