If you saw my grocery cart at Kroger last Saturday, you would have thought that we were eating oatmeal-dog food-chicken-cheese-and-peas casserole all week! It was quite a strange shopping trip. Here’s what we got:
We’re spending this week eating the second week’s worth of Two-Week Cooking Project meals, so I wasn’t buying anything to make specific meals this week. It’s the perfect example of how my shopping habits have changed. I used to go to the store each week and purchase ingredients for the next week’s meals. Each week I would repeat the process. Now I stock up on items that are on great sales. I have no idea how they’ll be used yet. I just know a good price when I see one!
I brought the chickens home, pulled the meat, and froze it in single meal-sized packages. Those will be used for some type of chicken recipes the next time I do my two-week cooking. The cheese was only $1 per package, so it was stock-up time! I didn’t do a huge stock-up this time, as my freezer was still fairly full. But I have enough cheese for several weeks here.
The Quaker oatmeal was $1.98 per box last week, and I had several $1.00 off coupons. At $.98 per box, I bought as many as I had coupons for!
Add to those deals a few fruit and dairy items – and some food for the dog – and that’s what we came home with. The beauty of being a frugal shopper is that I only paid $40 for this week’s grocery trip. I’ll use these items plus some others I’ve snagged recently to make up my next Two-Week Cooking Project menu plan. Planning around what we already have on-hand drastically reduces our grocery budget!