My Shopping Totals: An Experiment + Money Saving Tips! 6/28

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My 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 (a) 2013-06-28


I had one hour to shop this week, so I did a little experiment. I did all of my shopping at the store closest to my house.

So for those of you who have a limited selection of stores in your area, here are a few ways to beat the system:

Make a Detailed Menu Plan

By making a detailed plan for EVERY meal this week, I could limit my shopping to only those items we need, and thereby keep by total spending lower. I was even able to afford organic milk this week.

Use What You Have

My menu plan included items that I already had in the freezer, fridge and pantry (like my pre-cooked ground beef ), so I had fewer items to purchase. (Watch my Easy Freezer Cooking video here to see how I prepare ground beef for the freezer to make super quick meals!)

Buy Sale Items

Of course, you know that buying sale items lowers your budget, but buying the sale items doesn’t help if you don’t plan to use them in your weekly menu. I purchased the lowest price items at Publix this week and based my meals around those items, so I was able to stick to the budget even though I only shopped at one store.


Publix (b) 2013-06-28

PUBLIX Part 2 

Limit Your Meat Consumption

Meat can be expensive, but I was able to include meat in our menu by buying the meat that was on sale, and by planning meals that use less meat. Rather than serving baked chicken breasts, which would mean purchasing a minimum of 8 chicken breasts, I am making Easy Chicken Stir-Fry which requires only three chicken breasts.

I am also making Mexican Stuffed Bell Peppers (recipe coming soon), which only requires one pound of ground beef, so I will be able to put the other package in the freezer.

 PUBLIX-Total Spent $125.32.  


Weekly Total: $125.32

Monthly Total: $528.60 + $120*

*Extra $120 was spent on a “lifetime supply” of bacon from Zaycon Foods (read more about bulk ordering from Zaycon here.), which put me way over-budget for the month ($125 a week budget).

How did you do this week? Leave a comment!

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  1. says

    So jealous that you can purchase from Zaycon. they aren’t in northwest Arkansas. I am from the pacific nw.. and I sure do miss Winco for bulk buying and also Trader Joes for organic/good quality food. Were in the
    W world so they are on every block. I think their meat is terrible (also cheap) so I do go to Harps here for better tasting meat but of course they are higher priced. I’m the one who posted that I can’t get away with meatless meals (well only in a blue moon). But I keep trying :)

  2. karen b says

    Nope, it in some ways tastes better. We butcher our own cow & hog every year & I always can some of the meat. We like canned sausage for gravey & bisquits, to put in things (it would be good in your stuffed peppers) anything you would brown meat ahead of time for. I also can hamburger & chunk meat (which is good litely browned in a skillet rolled in a seasoned flour of some kind). I know you have a gluten free one @ your house so you might would have to experiment on that.:) You can use the canned hamburger for anything you need browned meat for. Yes it does have a little different taste but nothing like what you buy.We like it better for a lot of things. I also can chicken sometimes also & its so much better than the canned chicken from the grocery. I do a lot of canning here so not sure how to explain it:) In a lot of ways it taste better than frozen browned meat, which can get freezer burned:) Good luck!!!!!!!

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