What $100 in Groceries Looks Like

June 24, 2012

As I mentioned this spring, I came to realize quite quickly that coupon clipping is not for me. Well, at east not in the extreme sense. I don’t mind clipping the occasional coupon in the Sunday paper, but I’m not going to spend hours scouring the internet for the best deals on everything I buy each week. I just do not have the time, my friends. But I have been having quite a bit of success with comparison shopping the weekly sales of the two grocery stores we shop at locally – HyVee and Fareway. I try to stick to spending $100 each week on groceries, which goes pretty far, as you can see. Here’s a look at what we got this week:

{Lettuce, strawberries, mushrooms, broccoli, spinach, grapes, avocados, sweet and regular potatoes, frozen mixed berries for smoothies, and bananas}

{Starbucks coffee, Wheat Thins, Kashi cereal, Quaker oats, Larabars, Truvia}

{Almond Milk, Chocolate Milk, Greek Yogurt, Cheddar and Pepper Jack cheese, Eggs}

{Pasta sauce (on sale 3/$4!), Peanut Butter, canned black and kidney beans, ketchup}

Do you all try to stick to a grocery budget? Or just go and get what you need? I always shop with a list, but find that there are always a couple items I purchase that aren’t on my list but I just can’t resist.

Happy Sunday, all!


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  • Reply Christina June 24, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    Ok, we spend $100/week on food for 2 people and everyone thinks that’s way too much. I’m glad I’m not the only one!

  • Reply Lauren at Keep It Sweet June 24, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    Um, how can I find that chocolate milk?! I can’t even share how much I spend on groceries… lol

  • Reply UrbanWife June 25, 2012 at 1:08 am

    We definitely stick to a grocery budget! My husband loves his chocolate milk. He kinda needs a glass every night before bed.

  • Reply Diana June 25, 2012 at 2:48 am

    I’m the same…most of the coupons I find are for processed food, something I try to buy very little of. If only they have coupons for strawberries and grapes, haha. I try to shop with a list and plan out meals for the entire week, that way things don’t get overlooked and spoil before I can use them. My BFF is crazy with the coupons, but honestly, I’m ok with paying for the convenience of getting what I need when I need it. In fact, I rarely pay attention to how much things cost, if they’re staples – I can’t tell you what I pay for milk or flour or cheese, although some things I will stock up on if they’re on sale. And you can’t beat the wholesale clubs for paper products and cleaning stuff.

    Do you ever stop and wonder just when you turned into an adult who thinks about such things?! Hahaha. 🙂

  • Reply Emily Holland June 25, 2012 at 4:54 am

    my parent’s have learned if they ask me to go get something from the store, i come home with much more. but if they give me a list i’m good at sticking to it. usually we don’t have a budget, just try to be the cheapest option.

  • Reply amy June 25, 2012 at 11:38 am

    Making a list before we go to the store is a must for me, otherwise I troll the aisles and end up spending WAY more money and time than I would without one! I don’t usually use coupons either. I will choose one brand over another based on what’s on sale each week, but that’s about as far as I go in terms of saving money.

  • Reply Dani_the_girl23 June 25, 2012 at 7:13 pm

    We spend £50-£70 a week on groceries (so $75 to $105-ish) a week. We always plan out the week’s meals, then create a list, and do our shopping online. Many of the UK’s major grocery stores allow online grocery shopping with home delivery, which works well for us as we live in the countryside and the closest grocery store with reasonable prices and variety is a 30 drive away. By shopping online, we definitely stick to our budget as we don’t get tempted by grocery store gimmicks.

  • Reply Ashley / Happy Penguin Press June 25, 2012 at 7:54 pm

    I’m not a coupon girl either, though I did try. I just don’t spend the time doing it. However, we do stick to a grocery/food budget. We budget $130/week for general food purchases. Of that, $75 is for groceries. The remaining $55 is for eating out or little treats we may want (Belle Chevre goat cheese for me!). We try very hard to only use the $75 grocery money each week and save the remaining $55, and most weeks we do well. Every now again, you just need a break from cooking, and that’s when the $55 comes in handy.

  • Reply Rachel June 26, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    I try to stick to $100 or less per week. It is tough when Shaun and I basically eat 3 meals a day at home, aside from the weekends when we order in or are out and about. I like the challenge though!

  • Reply Gabriele Bladdick June 26, 2012 at 9:29 pm

    We usually try to stay under $70 a week on groceries ($60 is our real goal, but we always hit around $65). We do this by buying a lot of Hy-Vee brand items (we love Hy-Vee cheese, yogurt, cottage cheese, lettuce and canned foods). There are, however, a few things I’m brand loyal about (cereal!). I’ve found coupon clipping very challenging and a daunting task. We always make a list and try really hard to stick to it, and sometimes we bring coupons, but mostly we just look for sales. Coupon clipping is hard!

    • Reply Madison Mayberry June 27, 2012 at 10:59 am

      Gabby, you need to teach me your secrets! I’m no where near as good as you are – $70 is amazing!

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