My Shopping Totals (3/22) + Tips to Save on Groceries!

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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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Grocery Saving Tip: Base your weekly menu on items you have on hand plus sale items.  

Thanks to using lots of food from my pantry and freezer in our menu for this week, I had extra money in the budget that I used to stock up on sale-priced juice.

With the weather getting warmer, my kids will be asking for popsicles, and making them with juice makes them a little healthier. I also make a healthier version of soda, by mixing the cranberry pomegranate juice with seltzer water.

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.

I was also able to stock up a little on this natural dried fruit and nut mix that we will take with us on busy days to avoid the drive through.

PUBLIX-Total Spent $89.37.  


WALMART–Spent $38.99.

Grocery Saving Tip: Buy unadvertised sale items when they are at the lowest price for your area.

I found the 10 lb bag of potatoes priced at just $3.00.We will use some potatoes this week and some next week.  


Be sure to check in to The Peaceful Mom starting this week for my new series Save Money on Groceries. I will be giving you one practical tip each week that you can implement to start saving immediately.

Weekly Total: $128.36

March Monthly Total: $528.20    

($125/week budget for six people, so I am over by $28.20 for the month.)

Need to lower your grocery bill? Read more about how I lower our grocery bill in my Save More-Clip Less e-book.



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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  • misty

    Do you have a bountifulbaskets near you? It would save on produce!

    • Kimberlee

      Thanks Misty. Several readers have mentioned that, but we don’t have one in our area. :(

      • Colean

        We have one here but my work schedule doesn’t allow us to use it. One day I hope to though!

  • mandy

    Great job!

    • Kimberlee

      Thanks Mandy! :)

  • Wendy

    Instead of the deli meats isn’t it cheaper to roast a chicken and make chicken salad, sliced chicken on tortillas, etc.? Less sodium, preservatives and fat also.

    • Kimberlee

      Yes it is, but we have chicken a lot and the kids like the variety of having ham and turkey, although they hate it when I cook a whole turkey. It just doesn’t taste the same. :)

      • samantha

        my boyfriend rolls his eyes when i make chicken, it would be 3 or 4 days we won’t have it but to him it feels like i make it every single night lol. a question that i am sure will help other people is: can i buy a big thing of bread (like the size of garlic bread) in the about to expire section of the store and make home-made subs that day and freeze them, will the bread be okay and for how long?

        • Kimberlee

          Hi Samantha–I don’t have a definitive answer on how long you can freeze it, but I have frozen bread past the expiration date and then used it for french toast within the next two weeks. It might be too chewy for sandwiches.

  • samantha

    i have a set budget of $134 a week because i receive $539 a month for food stamps and i get wic. i hardly ever pay for milk because i get 7 1/2 gallons and 2 quarts on my wic alone. and 3 grains which is either bread or tortilla shells, which i freeze the shells since we hardly use them or bread. and i also get $16 in fresh fruits and veggies. so all together this helps us out a ton since we only make less than 1,200 a month. and with the 3rd baby coming in early may, we need all the extra savings we can get. i am hoping to make a menu and stick with it and use coupons as much as possible. i just need to not get side tracked by the extra sales unless my family needs it

  • Elena

    For me, it’s healthier to buy teas as leafs, not in teabags, and then I can brew them in a thermos, and even make some nice blends- like black tea I mix with mint/berries of wild rose/ginger root/expensive flavoured teas/fennel/herbs.

  • Elena

    Besides-that’s just what I see at you Walmart purchase, it’s handy to:
    dry banana skins and cut/beak them to use as fertilizer for garden plants;
    take1 whole orange/tangerine, process in a blender and then make muffin batter with it. Chocolate chips- and the muffins are just perfect!