Fun Friday Shopping Totals {+ Grocery Saving Tips!} 12/7

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Fun Friday Shopping Totals: See how I feed my family of six (including 3 teens) for around $125/week. See our $125 Budget Weekly Menu here

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PUBLIX--Spent $13.47.  


Cabot Greek Yogurt 32 oz. $3.50 (reg. $4.69)

Ken’s Dressing $1.80 (reg. $3.61)

Lender’s Bagels $1.09 (reg. $2.19)– I had a rain check

Grocery Saving Tip: When an item is on sale at its lowest price, buy as much as you can afford and use before it expires.

We will put these bagels in the freezer and use them over the next couple of weeks.



  PRODUCE MARKET –Spent $39.56.

Grocery Saving Tip: Check local produce stands and ethnic markets. They often have much lower prices on certain items than chain stores.

I haven’t been to the local produce market in a couple of months so I went a little crazy. My 11 year old asked if we are going to be vegetarians.

The 14 year old promptly replied,”No silly. We have a freezer full of bacon!”

True story.


WALMART–Spent $50.48.



WINN DIXIE–Spent $25.98.

I was driving past Winn Dixie on my way home so I purchased these items rather than using the Walmart’s Ad Match Guarantee as I usually do. I was also able to use a $5 off $30 purchase coupon, so I essentially got 5 lbs of navel oranges for FREE!

Grocery Saving Tip: Buy meat at it’s lowest price and freeze it for later.

I will use one of the roasts this week and freeze the other. My son made hamburger patties from the ground beef which we froze for later. By the way, sour cream does NOT freeze well. It is good until February and we will easily use it by that time.


Weekly Total: $129.49 

December Monthly Total: $129.49    

($125/week budget for six people– I’m slightly over-budget  this week, but I was able to purchase some items that we will eat in the upcoming weeks, so I should be able to stay on track the rest of the month.)


Need to lower your grocery bill? Read more about how I stick to a $125 a week budget in my e-book Save More-Clip Less.


Related Topics:

Why I Shop At Multiple Stores

What We Do About Snacks

Click here to see previous week’s shopping trips.

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How did you do this week? Leave a comment!


  • Jennifer

    I know I’ve said it before but I have to tell you again. Thank you for taking the time to post all of your shopping trips. I’m struggling to stay under budget, you make me feel like I can do this! I just have to keep trying.

    • Kimberlee

      Yes you can!!!!! :)

      Don’t get discouraged, just keep trying (and if you find that you can’t make it work, adjust your budget up a little :) ). The biggest way that I save is by making a meal plan (breakfast, lunch and dinner) based on the weekly sale items and what I have on hand. It takes a little work, but it’s worth it because it enables us to have money for other things.

      • Becca

        just keep at it. We started budgeting last year Jan and it is just now I’ve found my swing of things and it doesn’t feel as tricky :)

  • Lisa

    Thanks! I as well feel discouraged. I am entering my second trimester with our 4th child…we are a military family and between my nausea and lack of a husband due to work our food budget is shot! Trying SO hard to get on track…this helps!

    • Kimberlee

      Hang in there Lisa! I find it hard to get anything done when I am pregnant. My husband jokes that I become allergic to cooking–LOL!

    • Amie

      Don’t be hard on yourself. I try to remind myself that the little savings, over time, really add up. I used to give up if I missed my goal. If I went over by $10, I’d write the week off as “over-budget” and just keep going, but now I just work on staying close to my budget. You’ve got a lot going on right now. Celebrate your successes and take care of yourself.

      • Kimberlee

        Thanks Amie!

  • Anna

    You did great at Winn Dixie!

  • karen b

    Once again thanks bunches:) The weeks you are unable to post I get concered that something may not be Ok & I also miss it totally understand though. Goodness knows my weeks & days are sometimes hectic also:) Just wanted to say that yes you can freeze sourcream, but only to use in a casserole or something like that, give it a good stir mix in & it ususally is Ok, just in case it doesn’t all get used.

    • Kimberlee

      Thanks Karen. I had always heard that you can’t freeze it, but it’s good to know that it will work for casseroles. I took the Friday after Thanksgiving off just to enjoy a little vacation time, but nothing was wrong. :)

  • jc

    I came in right at budget, which was lower because I totally blew it last week, like above and beyond! And trying to keep it low so we can eat more normal food when my in-laws come for Christmas. :P

  • c

    re: the sour cream. Just stick it in the back of the ‘fridge where it’s coldest and turn the unopened containers upside down. I read that a long time ago. Somehow it keeps any air from leaking in with it’s little “critters” that may cause problems.