I had big plans to hit four stores this week seeing as I sort of took last week “off” from shopping. But by the time I planned to go out and go shopping on Tuesday, the snowed at moved in and the roads were getting quite treacherous. So I stayed home, re-vamped the menu with what I had and we made-do.
We didn’t eat the most balanced diet ever because we kind of had an odd assortment of ingredients on hand, but our bellies were filled and we were thankful to be in a warm house with electricity — something I know many others didn’t have this past week.
Once the roads cleared some, I took Kaitlynn out for a quick shopping trip on Thursday to Dillon’s to purchase the above groceries. You can see the full details on Thursday’s shopping trip as well as a price break-down here.
Other than that, we stayed home most of this week and enjoyed lots of extra reading and snuggling time. My husband even stayed home from work half of one day and we had an at-home afternoon movie date — something we’ve not done for a very long time! It was wonderful to enjoy such a relaxing pace for a few days.
The snow is finally melting so I’m planning to go out to Target, Aldi, Dillon’s and maybe even Walmart and the health food store later this afternoon. In case it snows again this coming week, I figured I had better take advantage of a Saturday afternoon when Jesse’s home to go out and get a bunch of grocery shopping done!
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Bridie @ I Heart Veggies says
Thanks for the chance to link up!
Kristen @ Joyfullythriving says
I did my shopping early before the snow came to us! It was nice to be snowed in with a leisurely pace. Have fun stocking up again!
Christi, My Evansville Mommy says
Thank you for the linky!
Amanda (Saving Myself Silly) says
I hit three stores before the ice and snow came to Texas…and it seemed like everyone else decided to do that, too. It was nuts out there, but I had some great savings! =) Haven’t been out since Monday though, except a quick trip to Aldi for essentials. I need to go back to Kroger to see if they are stocked back up on some things they were out of, but I’m kind of all shopped out…lol.
The Prudent Homemaker says
Even though it’s not snowing here (it doesn’t snow here most years), I didn’t go shopping, as we’re still underemployed (and waiting to pay bills). However, I was able to do some garden consulting today and I was given a bag of apples and one of oranges along with getting paid. My family was very happy when I came home with some fresh fruit!
Allyson H says
My Kroger only sometimes takes coupons on manager’s specials. (Like when the cashier happens to not notice.) I don’t know what to say when they hand the coupon back and say, “Sorry this doesn’t work on a manager’s special.” Advice?
The Prudent Homemaker says
I had this problem too. I told the cashier that the manager’s special was no different than having the item on sale, and that I could use a coupon for an item on sale. She gave me quite a hassle about it because it made the item free (and should have given me overage, which she wouldn’t do. I told her the store would be reimbursed for the coupon amount, and she said “Not if I write $1.49 on the coupon”–and the coupon was for $2 off).
She consulted another cashier and told me I couldn’t do it, then walked away to get a manager, but came back without the manager, and I was about ready to just leave the whole transaction there. She decided to give me only $1.49 off and standing there for quite some time, and telling me that at Albertson’s and Raley’s, where she used to work, that I wouldn’t be allowed to do that. I did remind her that she was not working at either of those stores at that moment.
I also asked if she had a copy of the store’s coupon policy in writing. She didn’t.
I would really like to know the answer to this (my store was a Kroger affliate (Smith’s)). I’m not sure if there is a written coupon policy in place for these stores, but if so I would like to see it.
There are two Smith’s stores near my house, and I always have trouble at that store (and they never have paper bags–in fact on that same trip I was told the store didn’t keep them because they cost too much). I have decided to shop at the other Smith’s from now on, but you may not have that option.
If anyone else knows anything about a coupon policy for these stores I would love to hear it!
Yeah, ours also won’t allow coupons for Manager’s specials.. bummer..
We did more eating from the pantry than usual, as well… between the snow and my husband’s car breaking down on Tuesday, I didn’t get out of the house again until Friday night, when I went grocery shopping to the first of three stores on my list! Made it to the second one today. Hoping to hit the third one on Monday evening.
Mandy Tillette says
We had some great family time as well. We live in Springfield and my husband’s work actually closed down for 2 days! It was so fun to have him home. Now we are supposed to get another 8 inches Tuesday……
Glad you all kept electricity! We’re still shoveling out but are very, very thankful to have had power throughout the storm.
I also had to get creative with meals because of the roads.
We are participating in an Eat From the Pantry Challenge. I typically spend $50-$75 per week for a family of 9. This week I only spent $17 and got nearly $100 worth of groceries! The food prices and other items keep going up, and it is nice to be able to cut the cost of our grocery bill as much as we can! I am so thankful for all of the blogs which post deals and ways to save!
Bridgette @ Blessings Multiplied says
Thanks for the link up! Glad you were able to get some extra time with your family. Snow days (especially if the power stays on) are so much fun!
Afternoon movie date?! Sounds fun! With or without kids? If it’s without, I would love to know how you managed that! (I’m interested in trying one myself…)
The kids got to watch a movie downstairs while we watched one upstairs. 🙂
Way over budget this time. Hopefully the rest of the month will be better!
Amy J says
I snuck out once the ice melted a bit. The roads weren’t too horribly bad, but the stores were deserted!
Home made toothpaste from supplies already in the pantry! Saved me one shopping trip!
This was pushing the envelope for me! I went to a part of town that I wasn’t that familiar with and bought some asian noodles that were gluten free to try out. They are much more affordable than traditional gluten free noodles…wish me luck this week!
Genevieve (MamaOnABudget) says
Good luck – don’t forget it’s the day before the Superbowl – it’s gonna be crazy at the grocery stores.
I posted about my first time playing the Rite Aid/Drugstore game. I think I have a new hobby!
That’s a great price on the silk, and wow the potatoes are cheap! Better than Aldi even…
I had a couple of potatoes sprouting, and now they are put in the ground to multiply:)
The Aldi Spot
I got most of my shopping done yesterday–here in Northern New England we are supposed to get 3 storms next week! Needless to say, I will probably be home most of the week. 🙂
Afternoon of Grocery shopping with coupons alone!! Sounds like fun!
Ohhh – fun! Stay at home dates are so fun!
What movie did you guys watch?
Donna @ Madison Coupon Connection says
Glad you got some time to relax this week, Crystal! It’s comforting to be able to depend on a stockpile when the weather gets crazy.
NWO Savers says
I just posted about the awesome trip to JCPenney this week as well as my grocery shopping trip to Community Markets, Rite Aid & Meijer! Thanks Crystal!