Grocery Shopping

@just4him (158095)
Green Bay, Wisconsin
June 10, 2019 8:48am CST
My goal is to buy weekly instead of monthly and save money doing so and have enough food to last the month instead of three weeks. I just got home from shopping and made breakfast before sitting down to the computer. I made a list as I did last week and stuck to the list, saving one item for next time. One thing I was disappointed with was the coupon for water. I got a coupon for water from the 32 pack Ice Mountain bottled water. I was disappointed in two regards. One it wasn't for the same 32-pack I bought, it was for 2 six-packs of the 700 ml bottles. Second, the coupon wasn't accepted by the scanner so the savings I should have gotten, I didn't. Otherwise, my total was $16 less than last week. Which is good news for me and I have meat this time. I bought 1 pound of hamburger that I divided in half for two meals. I couldn't find the tuna I wanted and opted for the pouches. I've never gotten the pouch before, so I hope it's the same as the can. I guess I need to get into the 21st century in every way, even with the food I buy. The good thing is I have something other than eggs to eat this week. I can have four non-egg meals. I also bought the makings for a BLT salad. It was hard finding the right bacon. It needs to be turkey bacon, uncured, and as little sodium as possible. It's 8% sodium. So, I'm happy with it. I considered buying Father's Day gifts for my sons but decided I would give them rocks instead as I did for my daughter. I'll be choosing the pictures for them this week and get them done on Thursday. Have you done your weekly grocery shopping? Thanks for reading.
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@NJChicaa (58728)
• United States
10 Jun
I shopped on Friday
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@just4him (158095)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
10 Jun
Do you use a list?
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@NJChicaa (58728)
• United States
10 Jun
@just4him yes I add to it all week
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@just4him (158095)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
10 Jun
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@amadeo (95987)
• United States
10 Jun
Good morning.Mike does the shopping every Tuesday and Friday
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@just4him (158095)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
10 Jun
Good morning, Alfredo. Do you give him a list of what you need?
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@amadeo (95987)
• United States
10 Jun
@just4him we both make out the list.This is done Monday night.
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@just4him (158095)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
10 Jun
@amadeo That's great!
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@LadyDuck (224931)
• Switzerland
10 Jun
Yes, we went to Italy Sunday morning and I have enough in my refrigerator for at least 8 to 10 days.
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@just4him (158095)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
10 Jun
That's good. Do you take a list with you?
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@LadyDuck (224931)
• Switzerland
10 Jun
@just4him All the time, I check the online flyer to see what they have in promotion and I make the list of what I need.
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@just4him (158095)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
10 Jun
@LadyDuck That's good and you take advantage of the sales too.
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@Juliaacv (42884)
• Canada
10 Jun
I have always done our grocery shopping on a weekly basis. I hope that you find this method of shopping to be successful in keeping on a budget. I go out shopping on Friday mornings, because our flyers start on Thursdays, and they bring in their fresh stocks of supplies during the later part of Thursday and they have plenty for when I go.
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@just4him (158095)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
10 Jun
That's wonderful you can go on Friday's for groceries. I think the fliers come out on Thursdays here too. However, weekends are busy in the stores and I prefer going when it's less hectic. Monday morning when everyone is back to work works best for me. They were stocking when I was there, so I know everything I got was fresh. I've been there when the shelves are almost bare and couldn't get much and needed to wait until a more advantageous time.
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@Juliaacv (42884)
• Canada
10 Jun
@just4him Going out when the crowds are less and the stock is up is very important, otherwise its lost time if you cannot get the items on your list.
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@just4him (158095)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
10 Jun
@Juliaacv Yes, it is a waste of time. I've been there done that and it's totally frustrating. Going early in the morning when the stocking is almost finished is a good time to go. Everyone is at work and the only ones in the stores are those who are up early and usually don't have children in tow.
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@BelleStarr (45175)
• United States
11 Jun
I don't shop weekly, I usually shop once a month and then stop at the dollar store for anything else I may need. Pretty soon I will be hitting the farm stands.
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@just4him (158095)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
11 Jun
I'm going to try the Farmers Market this year. I've always wanted to, but always forget. That's good when you can do that and make it last the month.
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@BelleStarr (45175)
• United States
11 Jun
@just4him Most of the meals I make result in leftovers so we get two or three meals out of them, like the roasted chicken I bought, I made sandwiches, chicken salad and then the pot pie so that $4.99 chicken went a long way for the two of us,
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@just4him (158095)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
11 Jun
@BelleStarr I've been getting multiple meals from my roasts when I buy them. It really makes everything go a lot farther. I found I was getting two meals from a pound of hamburger, so I divided it this time. Whatever works to make it through the month. However, even with the multiple meals, I was finding it hard to make it on that last week of the month. So, I'm trying the weekly thing to see if I can make it work.
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@cacay1 (39658)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
11 Jun
You did a good job in your shopping. It's really time saving shopping good for many weeks. I do shopping weekly. It's because there's always blackout here and foods in ref get spoiled.
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@just4him (158095)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
11 Jun
That's a good plan for you. I'd hate to spend money to find out the food is spoiled because of a blackout.
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@cacay1 (39658)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
11 Jun
@just4him one time loaves of bread coated with molds blackout cause , almost 2 days . Bread cannot be toasted, no current.
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@just4him (158095)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
11 Jun
@cacay1 That's terrible.
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@Janet357 (17131)
11 Jun
ahh im.wondering how.come some.coupons.dont work. well, it is good that you have shopped already for the whole month's meal. i will.do the shopping.next week. we have some supplies to.last us.for a.month, i will just buy.the meat and veggies
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@just4him (158095)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
11 Jun
I didn't buy for the month, only the week.
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@xander6464 (14284)
• Wapello, Iowa
10 Jun
You got away with $16 less than last week? That's like hitting the lottery.
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@just4him (158095)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
11 Jun
I hope I can do it again. It would be great. I think it's because I didn't have anything but food on this one, not any of the other household products I needed last week.
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@xander6464 (14284)
• Wapello, Iowa
11 Jun
@just4him Those nonfood items really do inflate the bill.
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@just4him (158095)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
12 Jun
@xander6464 Yes, they do.
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• Rupert, Idaho
11 Jun
That's good you were able to add a little meat to your weekly meal shopping. And that you got items for a BLT salad, for a change up too. I need to start making a plan and shopping for the week....but sometimes we just go and buy for a day or two; not very smart!
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@just4him (158095)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
11 Jun
That can be more expensive to shop by the day. I tried that and found I spent more. Thanks. I'm glad I have meat this week too.
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• Rupert, Idaho
12 Jun
@just4him I would agree that it is more expensive. Just haven't gotten around to making a list for the week/month
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@just4him (158095)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
12 Jun
@MommyOfEli2013 I'm finding it helpful to have the list.
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@porwest (14746)
• United States
11 Jun
I do weekly grocery shopping BECAUSE it saves money. You have to know your prices and you should stock up on sale items when they are on sale. For example, pork. I will NOT pay more than $1.99 per pound for pork. So when I see pork steaks on sale for $1.49 I might buy 10 pounds and freeze it. I also arrange my weekly shopping to the stores I need to hit and buy enough to last until the next time I need to go to that store. I save thousands a year doing it this way.
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@just4him (158095)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
12 Jun
I'm learning to work it that way. I have only so much I can spend per week to make this work. $80 is the high end of what I can spend to make it come out for 4 weeks.
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@porwest (14746)
• United States
13 Jun
@just4him Stretching $80 should not be difficult at all. The biggest thing is knowing your prices. It lets you know whether something is a good deal or not. For example, and this is admittedly a silly example, some people think everything at the Dollar Tree is a good deal because it's a dollar. But it's not necessarily true. If I buy Ultra-Brite toothpaste in a 6 ounce tube at Dollar Tree it's a buck of course. But that same tube is at Walmart for 97 cents. Also, beware pre-packaged foods. If you can make food from scratch you will save a ton. On CERTAIN pre-packaged foods, say...macaroni and cheese, know where to buy it for the least. For example, at Pick 'N Save the generic brand is probably about 75 cents per box. At Ruler Foods it's 49 cents per box. At Aldi it's 25 cents per box. So IF I am going to buy macaroni and cheese I will get it at Aldi. Stock up on things best priced at whatever store so you don't have to visit the best stores for the items you need every week. Time your shopping and buy enough to last until the next time you are in that store that has the best price. Again, I save thousands of dollars a year doing it this way.
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@just4him (158095)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
13 Jun
@porwest I don't buy pre-packaged food. Everything I make is from scratch. Aldi is good for some things, and as you said, I need to find the best store for the price. So far, that's been Wal-Mart. Festival is high. Pick-N-Save has great produce, but they are still higher than Wal-Mart. I found that Pick-N-Save's low prices are because their portions are smaller than what you can get at Wal-Mart. That's not a smart buy but wasteful on the pocketbook as you need to buy it more often. Thanks for the tips.
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• United States
10 Jun
bummer 'bout'cher coupon, hon. when i shopped, i'd most oft coupons, the hubs'll not use 'em fer some odd reasonin'? congrats'n gettin' ya some meat this week :) i believe the rocks're a splendid idea, somethin' truly from the heart. nope, don't do such these days. the hubs says i slow 'im down 'n thus i jest stay home. don't hurt my lil feelin' (i've only 1 left) one lil bit, lol.
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@just4him (158095)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
11 Jun
I don't normally use coupons and thought I'd give it a try. I was disappointed it didn't work. Yes, it will be good to have meat this week. Thank you. I know just the picture for my older son. I only need to find a good one for my younger one. If it makes him happy for you to stay home and not go shopping with him, hey, that's more alone time for you. Sounds like a win to me.
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• United States
11 Jun
@just4him dependin' 'pon what'cha buy, those coupons'r purty handy 't savin' ya some $$. yer welcome :) yes ma'am, 'xcept he calls 't least 3 times whilst there. dunno why, my shoppin' list aint changed the past 8 yrs since such a task fell'n his shoulders. 't least i can turn off the telly 'n 'void that noise :)
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@just4him (158095)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
12 Jun
@crazyhorseladycx That is the good thing about his going to the store. Quiet. I don't usually use coupons because I don't buy all those boxed foods and other junk food. It's rare they have coupons for fresh produce and vegetables. I don't think I've ever seen them. They'll have deli coupons, but then that's preserved foods too high in sodium and other things not healthy.
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@sharon6345 (180308)
• United States
10 Jun
I did mine for a few weeks. I am probably set for the month since I have been eating less. I am making tuna fish today. I have rolls I don't want to waste. I should not have bought them. I had forgotten my cutting back. But I will just have one roll today. The packs of tuna have less liquid.
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@just4him (158095)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
10 Jun
That's good you're cutting back and are set for the month. I'm looking forward to using the packs.
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@sharon6345 (180308)
• United States
10 Jun
@just4him I am sure you will like them. I have not seen them at aldi and I am tired of straining mine. But I want it to eat.
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@just4him (158095)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
10 Jun
@sharon6345 It will be a different experience.
@Courtlynn (61609)
• United States
11 Jun
Sorry about the coupon. But glad you could get meat, and save more
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@just4him (158095)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
12 Jun
Yeah. Live and learn. I don't normally do coupons anyway. I'm glad too.
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@Courtlynn (61609)
• United States
13 Jun
@just4him we don't use them too much anymore, but sometimes have trouble wthi ones we do have,
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@just4him (158095)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
14 Jun
@Courtlynn Not fun when you can't use them.
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@DocAndersen (4613)
10 Jun
we switched to weekly when we moved near a Wegmans. My wife would shop daily if she could now!
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@just4him (158095)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
11 Jun
I've seen that store but it's not here. I'm glad it's easy for you to shop weekly.
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11 Jun
@just4him wegman's is amazing. got voted number one grocery store in the US for the second year in a row. It is only on the US East coast!!!
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@just4him (158095)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
11 Jun
@DocAndersen I live in Wisconsin. I'm quite sure I saw it in Milwaukee.
@kobesbuddy (73240)
• East Tawas, Michigan
12 Jun
We use to shop every two weeks, but now we buy groceries every week. Jay is a coupon clipper, not me. Turkey bacon is pretty good, but the sodium content varies. For Father's Day, I will send my son-in-law a card.
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@just4him (158095)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
12 Jun
Yes, it does, which is why I watch the sodium content with everything I buy. I hope he has a nice Father's Day.
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@kobesbuddy (73240)
• East Tawas, Michigan
12 Jun
@just4him They always baby our son-in-law, on Father's Day:)
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@smileyhema (1911)
• United States
10 Jun
Yeah.. we've items stocked for the next 3 to 4 days. While my husband is away for business travel, he stocks most of the items for us. We have two lists :- 1. Long usage items will be purchased for a month or two. 2. Other perishable items will be purchased weekly or twice a week.
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@just4him (158095)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
11 Jun
That's a good way to shop.
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• United States
11 Jun
@just4him : Yeah.. thank you
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@didinedhia (7584)
• Algeria
10 Jun
I hope i can do that too
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@just4him (158095)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
11 Jun
I'm finding it's easier to do that than buying monthly.
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• Algeria
11 Jun
@just4him yes that actualy true i fimd i t better too
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@Tampa_girl7 (30771)
• United States
10 Jun
I'll need to go shopping towards the end of the week.
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@just4him (158095)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
10 Jun
Do you do it weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly?
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@Tampa_girl7 (30771)
• United States
11 Jun
@just4him usually weekly.
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@a_jerobon (1104)
• Eldoret, Kenya
10 Jun
You are so good at budgeting your grocery shopping. I don't usually do the shopping myself, my mum does.
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@just4him (158095)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
10 Jun
This month I needed to do it this way. I usually buy by the month instead of the week. It's really working out better than I expected.
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@a_jerobon (1104)
• Eldoret, Kenya
10 Jun
@just4him that's great.
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@FayeHazel (28779)
• United States
12 Jun
The weekly grocery shopping seems to work well for me, too - and less expensive somehow as you note. I love the turkey bacon.
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@just4him (158095)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
14 Jun
I'm glad it works well for you too. Yeah, it's great.