Monday, September 30, 2013

Spending Freeze Adventure: Week 4 Shopping Trip

I know, I know!  I just went grocery shopping on Friday.  In my defense I really only stocked up on basics (flour, milk, etc) so I decided to get my grocery shopping done early this morning in order to help supplement this week's meals.  Plus if you get to McCords (our awesome, little local supermarket) early enough you can get $0.99 bags of produce!

So without further ado here are the results of my shopping trips:

First up McCords!

Liam and I headed out bright and early to McCords and picked up the following:
  • 3lbs of bananas (7 bananas)
  • 2 15oz cans of kidney beans
  • 3lb bag of locally grown onions
  • 2 $0.99 bags of clearance produce
We got the following in our two clearance bags:

We got 4 tomatoes, 5 kiwis, and 4 lemons for $0.99!
In our 2nd bag we got 3 oranges, 1 grapefruit, 1 giant lemon (I think), and a 2lb bag of purple onions for $0.99!

I plan on zesting and juicing the lemons and then freezing the zest and juice for use in recipes later on.  I will also be dicing the purple onions and freezing them because they are nearing the point of "use it or lose it".  We will keep the other onions in cold storage in our basement with produce from our garden. If you notice, none of the clearance produce is in terrible shape.  I think I will have to toss one of the purple onions, but everything else is great!  Side note:  Liam had his first kiwi today and downed the whole thing in under 20 seconds.  I think he liked it...

McCords Shopping Trip Total: $5.15

Next Stop: Meijer!

I purchased the following items:
  • 3 boxes of Meijer Macaroni & Cheese
  • 2 cans of corn
  • 1 can of sweet peas
  • 1 bag of frozen peas and carrots
  • 2 Steak and Cheese Burritos
  • 2 Breakfast Burritos
  • 12 oz bottle of Apple Cider Vinegar (not pictured)
Apple Cider Vinegar was not my first choice for using one of my precious $10 but we have a fruit fly problem and I used the last of my stash yesterday.  I rarely, if ever, purchase frozen burritos, but at $0.16 a pop after coupons I couldn't resist. I can't even make them that cheap!  It also helped that the canned veggies and mac and cheese were both 3 for $1 this week.  I'm envisioning soup additions with those veggies!

Meijer Shopping Trip Total: $4.54

Grocery Shopping Trip Grand Total: $9.69!

So yeah, we slid in right under $10.  Don't worry, I'll be keeping you updated about how our meals are working out!

PS:  In case you're wondering about the first couple comments on this post... I accidentally published the post before I typed a single letter in the body of the post :-)


  1. Looks like it was an exciting trip. ;) :P

    1. Haha! Whoops! Huh, that's weird. It did something strange when I opened the new post but I just figured it was a glitch in the system. I'm glad someone noticed this because I probably wouldn't have :-)

    2. Now my comment doesn't make sense. ;) LOL

    3. There, I added a little PS at the bottom ;-)

  2. Looks like a good shopping trip!

    Have you ever seen Mavis's blog, $100 a Month? She has a lot of valuable information related to gardening as well as eating on a lower budget.

    1. I am SO happy you posted this comment. I found her blog a little while ago but forgot to save it and couldn't remember what it was called. So thank you!