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Title: Grocery shopping
Post by: forummm on June 21, 2015, 03:18:16 PM
I am pretty good at getting good cheap food. I enjoy doing it. We eat really well and spend about $220/mo on average for groceries. Today's shopping is an example:

3 x 18oz blackberries $0.99 ea
2 x 2.5lb spinach $1.99 ea
3 x pint blueberries $0.99 ea
2 x 12oz raspberries $0.99 ea
5 lb carrots $2.99
2.5lb ground pork $4.45
2 gallons milk $5
20 oz soy sauce $2.78
26 oz salt $0.57

Total after tax: $28.52
Title: Re: Grocery shopping
Post by: G-dog on June 21, 2015, 03:41:38 PM
Whoa! Where are you getting deals like these?
Are these all fresh fruits and veggies?
Title: Re: Grocery shopping
Post by: forummm on June 21, 2015, 04:44:07 PM
Yep, everything is fresh. I just go to the stores that have the best prices and I buy what's on sale. Then we eat what that is. Sometimes I check out the ads online before going to plan a meal from what's available and what we have. In this case, I went to an Asian grocery store about 2-3 miles away and a big chain store on the way back. There was another great store where I used to get fantastic produce. But it's a couple miles farther away and this Asian grocery store is really showing some good stuff.
Title: Re: Grocery shopping
Post by: dudde_devaru on June 22, 2015, 08:22:42 PM
(http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/15/06/22/ab8dbbe8f70ece7ab353c109507dcf1a.jpg)

18 items under $18 in my local farmers market
Good for 10days for two of us since we eat lot of curry and raw fresh veggies.
Title: Re: Grocery shopping
Post by: APowers on June 23, 2015, 09:47:57 AM
Forummm-- those are some fantastic prices for blue/rasberries!

Dudde-- I wish our farmers' market had good prices, but it's invariably Seattle-yuppie fancy prices for everything. It'd be cheaper to buy certified organic at the grocery store. I wish we had a good produce market in my town, but we don't :(
Title: Re: Grocery shopping
Post by: forummm on June 23, 2015, 10:30:07 AM
Forummm-- those are some fantastic prices for blue/rasberries!

Dudde-- I wish our farmers' market had good prices, but it's invariably Seattle-yuppie fancy prices for everything. It'd be cheaper to buy certified organic at the grocery store. I wish we had a good produce market in my town, but we don't :(

Maybe look around. I live in a non-trendy area.
Title: Re: Grocery shopping
Post by: expectopatronum on June 23, 2015, 10:44:54 AM
Dang! I've never seen strawberries lower than $2/lb at our store, and blackberries are a whopping $4/12oz. I'll buy them once in awhile to make DH's favorite dessert (as of lately...) - blackberry cobbler. : )

I thought we were doing well. We're on track to spend $200/mo groceries this month - yay!! We live in a decent COL area, but we're in the center of town, so there's some jacked up pricing on produce due to all the young Paleo eaters in the area I think. Recently we both realized our diets have been way too fruit & veggie deficient, so the goal for next month is staying in budget AND upping our intake of produce.

Our latest grocery hack is to go by the salad bar for small servings of fresh spinach. Salad bar is sold by the pound, because they anticipate you'll load it down with stuff like cheese & olives. So we end up buying spinach or mixed greens for pennies compared to getting a whole box of greens.
Title: Re: Grocery shopping
Post by: forummm on June 23, 2015, 10:58:57 AM
Dang! I've never seen strawberries lower than $2/lb at our store, and blackberries are a whopping $4/12oz. I'll buy them once in awhile to make DH's favorite dessert (as of lately...) - blackberry cobbler. : )

I thought we were doing well. We're on track to spend $200/mo groceries this month - yay!! We live in a decent COL area, but we're in the center of town, so there's some jacked up pricing on produce due to all the young Paleo eaters in the area I think. Recently we both realized our diets have been way too fruit & veggie deficient, so the goal for next month is staying in budget AND upping our intake of produce.

Our latest grocery hack is to go by the salad bar for small servings of fresh spinach. Salad bar is sold by the pound, because they anticipate you'll load it down with stuff like cheese & olives. So we end up buying spinach or mixed greens for pennies compared to getting a whole box of greens.

My spinach from that trip was 80 cents/pound. I'd be shocked if your salad bar wasn't way more expensive than that. If not, then you can buy cheese for under 80 cents a pound!!
Title: Re: Grocery shopping
Post by: expectopatronum on June 23, 2015, 11:02:45 AM
DH is the one who's done the math. Apparently it's sometimes cheaper for us to buy the bulk quantity, but counter intuitively, sometimes cheaper to go the salad bar route!
Title: Re: Grocery shopping
Post by: FrugalZony on June 23, 2015, 12:07:42 PM
This week was definitely a good week for produce. I got some great deals myself.

Strawberries 88 cents a pound minus 50 cents coupon  = 38 cents for those
Rasberries 97 cents for a small clamshell, minus 50 cents coupon = 47 cents for those
Watermelon and cantaloupe 99 cents each, minus 55 cents coupon = 44 cents each
Spinach 1.13 for an 8 oz bag minus coupons ($1 off 2) = 63 cents a bag
Mini Tomatoes 10.5 oz for 2.18 minus 55 cents coupon = 1.63 each
I also got a 5 pound bag of potatoes for 2.99 which I had a $1 coupon for and
plus a few odds and ends that were on sale, but I had no coupons for

I stocked the Fridge with produce for less than $20 and we have a BUNCH of stuff.
Just looking at it last night made me happy. I love it when I am stocked on healthy stuff ;)

Title: Re: Grocery shopping
Post by: forummm on June 23, 2015, 12:16:46 PM
Cool! Those were some great coupons!
Title: Re: Grocery shopping
Post by: FrugalZony on June 23, 2015, 01:28:21 PM
Cool! Those were some great coupons!

Yeah, I love my produce coupons, I will be very sad when I run out, as they are so hard to come by.
Unfortunately my stores have stopped doubling, otherwise the berries and melons would have been free.
Sigh!! Still good deals!
Title: Re: Grocery shopping
Post by: CmFtns on June 23, 2015, 01:58:54 PM
Where do you get milk so cheap? Cheapest place around here I've found around is Sam's club for like 3.25 a gallon.
Title: Re: Grocery shopping
Post by: forummm on June 23, 2015, 02:35:07 PM
It was on sale. A half gallon for $1.25. Usually it's $3/gallon. Costco has good prices frequently as well.
Title: Re: Grocery shopping
Post by: dudde_devaru on June 23, 2015, 02:49:57 PM
Kroger in MI is selling nonfat/reg/2% for $1.99 from almost 4months
Title: Re: Grocery shopping
Post by: Bracken_Joy on June 23, 2015, 03:13:07 PM
Cool! Those were some great coupons!

Yeah, I love my produce coupons, I will be very sad when I run out, as they are so hard to come by.
Unfortunately my stores have stopped doubling, otherwise the berries and melons would have been free.
Sigh!! Still good deals!

I've literally never seen a produce coupon. Share your secrets please! =D
Title: Re: Grocery shopping
Post by: forummm on June 23, 2015, 04:37:11 PM
Cool! Those were some great coupons!

Yeah, I love my produce coupons, I will be very sad when I run out, as they are so hard to come by.
Unfortunately my stores have stopped doubling, otherwise the berries and melons would have been free.
Sigh!! Still good deals!

I've literally never seen a produce coupon. Share your secrets please! =D

Yes, how do you produce those coupons?
Title: Re: Grocery shopping
Post by: Bracken_Joy on June 23, 2015, 04:41:47 PM
Cool! Those were some great coupons!

Yeah, I love my produce coupons, I will be very sad when I run out, as they are so hard to come by.
Unfortunately my stores have stopped doubling, otherwise the berries and melons would have been free.
Sigh!! Still good deals!

I've literally never seen a produce coupon. Share your secrets please! =D

Yes, how do you produce those coupons?

Oh god forummm. You always have the best/worst puns. <3
Title: Re: Grocery shopping
Post by: Jeremy E. on June 23, 2015, 04:54:56 PM
I have access to 3 great grocery stores and rotate between them,
Winco (cheap grocery store + a bulk foods section where you can buy by the pound)
Wal Mart
Costco
I'm able to get darn near everything cheap except fresh berries....
I pay
$2/gallon for whole milk,
$2/lb for boneless chicken breast,
$2 for a lot of spinach,
$0.70/lb for Quinoa,
$0.30/lb for Oats,
$0.80/lb for Almonds
but fresh BERRIES ARE SO EXPENSIVE, I can usually only find them in the little 8 oz plastic containers and they are like $4, I don't understand it. The only affordable berries are mixed frozen berries, but they are not nearly as good :(
Title: Re: Grocery shopping
Post by: forummm on June 23, 2015, 04:57:32 PM
Cool! Those were some great coupons!

Yeah, I love my produce coupons, I will be very sad when I run out, as they are so hard to come by.
Unfortunately my stores have stopped doubling, otherwise the berries and melons would have been free.
Sigh!! Still good deals!

I've literally never seen a produce coupon. Share your secrets please! =D

Yes, how do you produce those coupons?

Oh god forummm. You always have the best/worst puns. <3

<tip of the top hat>
Title: Re: Grocery shopping
Post by: Jeremy E. on June 23, 2015, 05:26:46 PM
I have access to 3 great grocery stores and rotate between them,
Winco (cheap grocery store + a bulk foods section where you can buy by the pound)
Wal Mart
Costco
I'm able to get darn near everything cheap except fresh berries....
I pay
$2/gallon for whole milk,
$2/lb for boneless chicken breast,
$2 for a lot of spinach,
$0.70/lb for Quinoa,
$0.30/lb for Oats,
$0.80/lb for Almonds
but fresh BERRIES ARE SO EXPENSIVE, I can usually only find them in the little 8 oz plastic containers and they are like $4, I don't understand it. The only affordable berries are mixed frozen berries, but they are not nearly as good :(
Where do you find quinoa for $0.70/lb and almonds for $0.80/lb?
Winco bulk section
Title: Re: Grocery shopping
Post by: forummm on June 23, 2015, 05:32:27 PM
I have access to 3 great grocery stores and rotate between them,
Winco (cheap grocery store + a bulk foods section where you can buy by the pound)
Wal Mart
Costco
I'm able to get darn near everything cheap except fresh berries....
I pay
$2/gallon for whole milk,
$2/lb for boneless chicken breast,
$2 for a lot of spinach,
$0.70/lb for Quinoa,
$0.30/lb for Oats,
$0.80/lb for Almonds
but fresh BERRIES ARE SO EXPENSIVE, I can usually only find them in the little 8 oz plastic containers and they are like $4, I don't understand it. The only affordable berries are mixed frozen berries, but they are not nearly as good :(
Where do you find quinoa for $0.70/lb and almonds for $0.80/lb?
Winco bulk section

I do not believe the almonds number. No way. Your units are wrong or something. Or Winco made a huge mistake. That's far below the wholesale cost.
Title: Re: Grocery shopping
Post by: Jeremy E. on June 23, 2015, 05:48:53 PM
I have access to 3 great grocery stores and rotate between them,
Winco (cheap grocery store + a bulk foods section where you can buy by the pound)
Wal Mart
Costco
I'm able to get darn near everything cheap except fresh berries....
I pay
$2/gallon for whole milk,
$2/lb for boneless chicken breast,
$2 for a lot of spinach,
$0.70/lb for Quinoa,
$0.30/lb for Oats,
$0.80/lb for Almonds
but fresh BERRIES ARE SO EXPENSIVE, I can usually only find them in the little 8 oz plastic containers and they are like $4, I don't understand it. The only affordable berries are mixed frozen berries, but they are not nearly as good :(
Where do you find quinoa for $0.70/lb and almonds for $0.80/lb?
Winco bulk section

I do not believe the almonds number. No way. Your units are wrong or something. Or Winco made a huge mistake. That's far below the wholesale cost.
I'm not 100% sure on the Quinoa Oats and Almonds numbers, but I'm fairly certain they were all less than $1/lb and that oats were less than $0.5/lb and quinoa was slightly less than almonds. I'll go there tomorrow probably and let you know for sure
Title: Re: Grocery shopping
Post by: FrugalZony on June 23, 2015, 06:12:21 PM

... Share your secrets please! =D

Actually, I already did, kinda ;)
http://forum.mrmoneymustache.com/share-your-badassity/why-i-play-the-grocery-game/msg254252/#msg254252


As I was saying though, they are hard to come by and once the ones I have run out, some will be hard to replace.
The Spinach ones are from a Fresh Express Challenge earlier this year (where you had to input codes from the bags, but that was over June 1st, sorry http://www.saladswap.com/).
I have a few more to use up ;)
If your store has the salad kits on sale (don't care to much for those) there's a coupon for them here
https://www.saveinstore.com/brand/freshexpress

The berry ones are from Driscolls. When you buy berries, you can enter the codes from the back of them clamshells to receive the coupons.
So each time I buy new ones I have new codes. LOVE IT!
https://driscolls.co1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_5towCJkmquraK9v&
Driscolls also gives you some when you sign up for their newsletter: www.driscolls.com
And they'll email you one on your birthday

The tomato ones are for Naturesweet, I lucked out and found them in store. But you can write to them and they send you some as well.
Often the Naturesweet packages will have coupons on top of them, once in a while, so I usually manage to maintain a nice little stash of them.

The melon ones are from Dulcinea. We got some in the paper at some time (long expired now), but once in a blue moon I find coupons for them in the stores.
Just keep your eyes open.

Here are some for mandarin oranges (fresh ones) from Halos
http://www.halosfun.com/savings/

Another good source are wine tags. The potato coupon came from a wine tag ($1 off a 5lb bag of potatoes no wine purchase necessary), some
will just say produce, some will be more specific.
A lot of the wine tags have meat coupons in them too. I currently have ground pork and regular pork coupons as well from the wine thingies.
Sometimes you can find beef or chicken as well. Just make sure they say no wine purchase necessary.

I also LOVE using the Just for You App at Safeway, where I get a lot of my produce. I get personalized prices for the stuff I buy, like the Spinach, Tomatoes etc.
And they often give you $2 off $10 in produce and such. LOVE IT!



Title: Re: Grocery shopping
Post by: expectopatronum on June 23, 2015, 08:19:35 PM
Awesome tips, thanks!!

My very few produce coupons come from Kroger in the mail. I always shop with a loyalty card and they mail me coupons at least once a quarter on average - maybe 6 times a year? In the past there are about 3-5 good coupons out of 18 or so, ranging from $1.50 off $7 in produce dept, to free eggs, $2 off meat, and such. Those are awesome because they're not even brand specific! The rest of the coupons are usually crap...stuff I never even buy...like why send me a coupon for Depends? Does my shopping profile indicate that I have incontinence issues?

I also use Target's cartwheel and snag anywhere from 5-20% off things. Kroger's app has coupons, too, but they're usually for "inner aisle" stuff.
Title: Re: Grocery shopping
Post by: Jeremy E. on June 24, 2015, 08:27:03 AM
I was off a little bit on my almonds and Quinoa price, $5.95/lb almonds $4.27/lb quinoa.
Title: Re: Grocery shopping
Post by: forummm on June 24, 2015, 09:01:52 AM
I was off a little bit on my almonds and Quinoa price, $5.95/lb almonds $4.27/lb quinoa.

Otherwise I was going to move to your town and start an almond arbitrage business.
Title: Re: Grocery shopping
Post by: grantmeaname on June 24, 2015, 09:09:38 AM
It works for textbooks (http://www.npr.org/sections/money/2014/11/07/362060876/episode-581-free-money) and baby wipes (http://www.npr.org/2015/06/04/412046900/retailer-arbitrage-how-internet-middlemen-are-scaring-traditional-stores), so it'd probably work for almonds. :)
Title: Re: Grocery shopping
Post by: forummm on June 27, 2015, 01:58:54 PM
I was off a little bit on my almonds and Quinoa price, $5.95/lb almonds $4.27/lb quinoa.
Thanks for letting us know.  That's about what I pay at the farmers market for almonds.

Costco is about $15 for 3 pounds I think.
Title: Re: Grocery shopping
Post by: forummm on June 27, 2015, 02:03:32 PM
I filled up my cart yesterday with a ton of stuff that was on sale. 50 cents for a pound of pasta (I probably grabbed 30 pounds--I left a handful of boxes for others). $2 per pound for cheese. $2.50/gallon for milk. Etc. I literally couldn't fit anything else in the cart. When I went through the checkout the lady couldn't figure out why I had so much food and thought I was putting on a big dinner. When I said it was for a bunch of my dinners because it was all on sale she said "I guess you did buy everything in the store that was on sale".
Title: Re: Grocery shopping
Post by: forummm on June 27, 2015, 04:29:20 PM
Some of the findings from yesterday turned into chicken and black bean fajitas with sauteed onions and peppers and all the fixings. So tasty.
Title: Re: Grocery shopping
Post by: Monkey Uncle on June 28, 2015, 04:26:37 PM
DW and I have a horrible grocery habit.  It's our most un-mustachian trait.  It doesn't help that our small town doesn't have any stores that have really good deals on meat and produce.  But we did have on big score the last couple of weeks.  I have certain sections of the yard that I don't mow, and in our part of the world, things grow where you don't mow.  We've gotten about 3 pints of free raspberries so far, with more to come.  The blackberries should be coming on in a couple of weeks, and it looks like a bumper crop.  We'll probably be freezing a few pints of those!
Title: Re: Grocery shopping
Post by: HoosierGirl on July 02, 2015, 11:22:07 AM
" Our latest grocery hack is to go by the salad bar for small servings of fresh spinach. Salad bar is sold by the pound, because they anticipate you'll load it down with stuff like cheese & olives. So we end up buying spinach or mixed greens for pennies compared to getting a whole box of greens."
 
Thanks for the tip-I love salads with spinach so I will be doing this. I've often thought of doing a price comparison with some of the chopped veggies too-like chopped onions, peppers etc-compared to purchasing them whole on sale.
Theresa
Title: Re: Grocery shopping
Post by: forummm on July 02, 2015, 11:39:15 AM
" Our latest grocery hack is to go by the salad bar for small servings of fresh spinach. Salad bar is sold by the pound, because they anticipate you'll load it down with stuff like cheese & olives. So we end up buying spinach or mixed greens for pennies compared to getting a whole box of greens."
 
Thanks for the tip-I love salads with spinach so I will be doing this. I've often thought of doing a price comparison with some of the chopped veggies too-like chopped onions, peppers etc-compared to purchasing them whole on sale.
Theresa

I still don't know how the store could afford to do this in a way that would save you money. Salad bars are generally more expensive than you can buy an ingredient for on its own. But report back with concrete numbers if you find a good counter-example.
Title: Re: Grocery shopping
Post by: expectopatronum on July 02, 2015, 11:42:06 AM
Required disclosure:

Apparently, this works in our store for spring/mixed greens, but NOT for spinach. We can get store brand bagged spinach for $.25/oz, but the salad bar price is $.37/oz (so glad I pointed this out to DH last week! sigh. Maths.). I guess it just depends on the product. Definitely do your oz-to-oz comparison to make sure you come out ahead.

However, if you're in the position of only need a little bit versus the whole bag, then obviously it's worth the slightly higher oz price so that the rest of the bag doesn't go to waste. We tend to eat spinach right up, but forget about bags of mixed greens. Our fault, obviously, but if we can't use everything we buy it's better for us to just buy less.

Thanks to the Driscoll's tip, I have a $.50 off berries coupon! AND they were on sale last week for $1/lb strawberries and $2/pint(?) blackberries!
Title: Re: Grocery shopping
Post by: forummm on July 11, 2015, 02:50:21 PM
Another badass shopping trip:

4x 5oz organic arugula @ $0.99ea
2x pint grape tomatoes @ $1.29ea
6 pounds strawberries $3.98
6.2lbs chicken thighs $4.29
3.5lbs b/l chicken thighs $4.52

Grand total: $19.91
Title: Re: Grocery shopping
Post by: wisermiser on July 11, 2015, 03:17:19 PM
We are generally pretty frugal with the exception being groceries.  I spend about $750 per month for two adults and two small children.  However, that is for grass-fed-pastured-organic just about everything.  I used to buy industrial meat and whatever was cheapest and I thought organic was for suckers.  Then some chronic health problems caused me to re-examine my diet.  I'm sure I overspend now but I'm OK with that.  I would at least follow the "dirty dozen" and "clean fifteen" guidelines when choosing organic or not. 

"Highlights of Dirty Dozen™ 2015

EWG singles out produce with the highest pesticide loads for its Dirty Dozen™ list. This year, it is comprised of apples, peaches, nectarines, strawberries, grapes, celery, spinach, sweet bell peppers, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, imported snap peas and potatoes.
Each of these foods tested positive a number of different pesticide residues and showed higher concentrations of pesticides than other produce items.
Key findings:
99 percent of apple samples, 98 percent of peaches, and 97 percent of nectarines tested positive for at least one pesticide residue.
The average potato had more pesticides by weight than any other produce.
A single grape sample and a sweet bell pepper sample contained 15 pesticides.
Single samples of cherry tomatoes, nectarines, peaches, imported snap peas and strawberries showed 13 different pesticides apiece."
Title: Re: Grocery shopping
Post by: Jeremy E. on July 11, 2015, 04:15:22 PM
We are generally pretty frugal with the exception being groceries.  I spend about $750 per month for two adults and two small children.  However, that is for grass-fed-pastured-organic just about everything.  I used to buy industrial meat and whatever was cheapest and I thought organic was for suckers.  Then some chronic health problems caused me to re-examine my diet.  I'm sure I overspend now but I'm OK with that.  I would at least follow the "dirty dozen" and "clean fifteen" guidelines when choosing organic or not. 

"Highlights of Dirty Dozen™ 2015

EWG singles out produce with the highest pesticide loads for its Dirty Dozen™ list. This year, it is comprised of apples, peaches, nectarines, strawberries, grapes, celery, spinach, sweet bell peppers, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, imported snap peas and potatoes.
Each of these foods tested positive a number of different pesticide residues and showed higher concentrations of pesticides than other produce items.
Key findings:
99 percent of apple samples, 98 percent of peaches, and 97 percent of nectarines tested positive for at least one pesticide residue.
The average potato had more pesticides by weight than any other produce.
A single grape sample and a sweet bell pepper sample contained 15 pesticides.
Single samples of cherry tomatoes, nectarines, peaches, imported snap peas and strawberries showed 13 different pesticides apiece."
Personally I say bring on the GMO's, bring on the pesticides, bring on the vaccinations. Just treat animals more fairly. I won't pay more for organic fruits and veggies, but I'll pay more for animals that I know were treated better than usual.
Title: Re: Grocery shopping
Post by: forummm on July 11, 2015, 04:44:00 PM
We are generally pretty frugal with the exception being groceries.  I spend about $750 per month for two adults and two small children.  However, that is for grass-fed-pastured-organic just about everything.  I used to buy industrial meat and whatever was cheapest and I thought organic was for suckers.  Then some chronic health problems caused me to re-examine my diet.  I'm sure I overspend now but I'm OK with that.  I would at least follow the "dirty dozen" and "clean fifteen" guidelines when choosing organic or not. 

"Highlights of Dirty Dozen™ 2015

EWG singles out produce with the highest pesticide loads for its Dirty Dozen™ list. This year, it is comprised of apples, peaches, nectarines, strawberries, grapes, celery, spinach, sweet bell peppers, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, imported snap peas and potatoes.
Each of these foods tested positive a number of different pesticide residues and showed higher concentrations of pesticides than other produce items.
Key findings:
99 percent of apple samples, 98 percent of peaches, and 97 percent of nectarines tested positive for at least one pesticide residue.
The average potato had more pesticides by weight than any other produce.
A single grape sample and a sweet bell pepper sample contained 15 pesticides.
Single samples of cherry tomatoes, nectarines, peaches, imported snap peas and strawberries showed 13 different pesticides apiece."

There are other opinions as to whether organic is worth the cost.
http://forum.mrmoneymustache.com/ask-a-mustachian/organic-food-worth-the-price/

I don't know what health problems you're talking about, but the typical American diet-related health problems are due to eating too much sugar in all its forms (processed food, soda, fruit juice, etc) refined carbohydrates in general, and processed foods, while not eating enough vegetables. I'm not aware of any that are solved by eating organic. Now, I do think organic is better for the environment, and there is probably a small health benefit, but it is hard to measure.
Title: Re: Grocery shopping
Post by: Johnez on July 11, 2015, 05:27:20 PM
I don't see where organic is beneficial really. It uses pesticides, the land is worked with oil spewing machines, and sucks just as much water as regular produce
 What I'm really worried about is the hormones and antibiotics. We see evidence every day of hormones widespread use and antibiotics are being used as way to deal with unsanitary practices that meat factories have going on. Don't get me started on seafood....

Deals aren't as great right now, but just picked up cashews for $5 a lb. Crazy how the cost the same as New York steak these days, almonds almost double!
Title: Re: Grocery shopping
Post by: wisermiser on July 11, 2015, 05:31:30 PM
We are generally pretty frugal with the exception being groceries.  I spend about $750 per month for two adults and two small children.  However, that is for grass-fed-pastured-organic just about everything.  I used to buy industrial meat and whatever was cheapest and I thought organic was for suckers.  Then some chronic health problems caused me to re-examine my diet.  I'm sure I overspend now but I'm OK with that.  I would at least follow the "dirty dozen" and "clean fifteen" guidelines when choosing organic or not. 

"Highlights of Dirty Dozen™ 2015

EWG singles out produce with the highest pesticide loads for its Dirty Dozen™ list. This year, it is comprised of apples, peaches, nectarines, strawberries, grapes, celery, spinach, sweet bell peppers, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, imported snap peas and potatoes.
Each of these foods tested positive a number of different pesticide residues and showed higher concentrations of pesticides than other produce items.
Key findings:
99 percent of apple samples, 98 percent of peaches, and 97 percent of nectarines tested positive for at least one pesticide residue.
The average potato had more pesticides by weight than any other produce.
A single grape sample and a sweet bell pepper sample contained 15 pesticides.
Single samples of cherry tomatoes, nectarines, peaches, imported snap peas and strawberries showed 13 different pesticides apiece."

There are other opinions as to whether organic is worth the cost.
http://forum.mrmoneymustache.com/ask-a-mustachian/organic-food-worth-the-price/

I don't know what health problems you're talking about, but the typical American diet-related health problems are due to eating too much sugar in all its forms (processed food, soda, fruit juice, etc) refined carbohydrates in general, and processed foods, while not eating enough vegetables. I'm not aware of any that are solved by eating organic. Now, I do think organic is better for the environment, and there is probably a small health benefit, but it is hard to measure.

I couldn't agree more about sugar and processed food.  If we all ate more fruits and veggies (organic or not) we'd be a lot healthier in general.  I'm concerned about residual pesticides and antibiotics and the potential cumulative impact on gut bacteria.  I know it sounds crazy and its easy to lampoon the idea.  But, before immediately dismissing try googling "Microbiome and cancer" or any other chronic disease.  I know organic, non-GMO etc are not perfect but I'm glad we are at least talking about what is in our food. 

I didn't mean to hijack the spirit of the thread, just offering a different perspective.  The real bad asses are the ones growing their own vegetables. 
Title: Re: Grocery shopping
Post by: wisermiser on July 11, 2015, 05:35:55 PM
We are generally pretty frugal with the exception being groceries.  I spend about $750 per month for two adults and two small children.  However, that is for grass-fed-pastured-organic just about everything.  I used to buy industrial meat and whatever was cheapest and I thought organic was for suckers.  Then some chronic health problems caused me to re-examine my diet.  I'm sure I overspend now but I'm OK with that.  I would at least follow the "dirty dozen" and "clean fifteen" guidelines when choosing organic or not. 

"Highlights of Dirty Dozen™ 2015

EWG singles out produce with the highest pesticide loads for its Dirty Dozen™ list. This year, it is comprised of apples, peaches, nectarines, strawberries, grapes, celery, spinach, sweet bell peppers, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, imported snap peas and potatoes.
Each of these foods tested positive a number of different pesticide residues and showed higher concentrations of pesticides than other produce items.
Key findings:
99 percent of apple samples, 98 percent of peaches, and 97 percent of nectarines tested positive for at least one pesticide residue.
The average potato had more pesticides by weight than any other produce.
A single grape sample and a sweet bell pepper sample contained 15 pesticides.
Single samples of cherry tomatoes, nectarines, peaches, imported snap peas and strawberries showed 13 different pesticides apiece."
Personally I say bring on the GMO's, bring on the pesticides, bring on the vaccinations. Just treat animals more fairly. I won't pay more for organic fruits and veggies, but I'll pay more for animals that I know were treated better than usual.

You will pay more for all food in the long run if pesticides kill all the bees.
Title: Re: Grocery shopping
Post by: firewalker on July 11, 2015, 07:00:02 PM
What a strange world we live in. The richest country in the world cant produce reasonably affordable food for its population without having abused animals, dead bees, and chemical soaked vegetation.
Title: Re: Grocery shopping
Post by: forummm on July 11, 2015, 07:05:12 PM
What a strange world we live in. The richest country in the world cant produce reasonably affordable food for its population without having abused animals, dead bees, and chemical soaked vegetation.

And we throw away half the food we do produce. Coincidence?
Title: Re: Grocery shopping
Post by: Erica/NWEdible on July 11, 2015, 08:22:30 PM
I'm concerned about residual pesticides and antibiotics and the potential cumulative impact on gut bacteria.  I know it sounds crazy and its easy to lampoon the idea.  But, before immediately dismissing try googling "Microbiome and cancer" or any other chronic disease.  I know organic, non-GMO etc are not perfect but I'm glad we are at least talking about what is in our food. 
For what it's worth, I don't think that's crazy at all. Dr. David Perlmutter is doing some great research into the gut microbiome and how a/n un/healthy gut influences many things, including neurodegenerative disease. "Brain Maker" is his latest book on this exact topic. The more we learn, the more it's looking like it's microbes, all the way down.

What a strange world we live in. The richest country in the world cant produce reasonably affordable food for its population without having abused animals, dead bees, and chemical soaked vegetation.

And we throw away half the food we do produce. Coincidence?

Nope. Calories are cheap. Therefore we don't value them. Therefore they are generally grown, cooked, eaten and wasted in a way that reflects that lack of value.
Title: Re: Grocery shopping
Post by: forummm on July 18, 2015, 02:36:28 PM
Had another great week of buys:

5 pints of grape tomatoes @ $1.29 ea
2 lb strawberries $1.99
4x 2lb blueberries @ $1.50 ea
2x 10lb chicken leg quarters @ $2.99 ea
2x giant cauliflower heads @ $1.50 ea
Total: $24.12

Will get milk for $1.99 tomorrow or Monday.
Title: Re: Grocery shopping
Post by: Monkey Uncle on July 19, 2015, 04:08:24 AM
Had another great week of buys:

5 pints of grape tomatoes @ $1.29 ea
2 lb strawberries $1.99
4x 2lb blueberries @ $1.50 ea
2x 10lb chicken leg quarters @ $2.99 ea
2x giant cauliflower heads @ $1.50 ea
Total: $24.12

Will get milk for $1.99 tomorrow or Monday.

I'm envious.  We never, ever see those kinds of deals in my area.  Well, maybe the grape tomatoes and the cauliflower, but not the other stuff.  And believe me, we do shop around and watch the sale papers.
Title: Re: Grocery shopping
Post by: forummm on July 19, 2015, 07:10:27 AM
Had another great week of buys:

5 pints of grape tomatoes @ $1.29 ea
2 lb strawberries $1.99
4x 2lb blueberries @ $1.50 ea
2x 10lb chicken leg quarters @ $2.99 ea
2x giant cauliflower heads @ $1.50 ea
Total: $24.12

Will get milk for $1.99 tomorrow or Monday.

I'm envious.  We never, ever see those kinds of deals in my area.  Well, maybe the grape tomatoes and the cauliflower, but not the other stuff.  And believe me, we do shop around and watch the sale papers.

Yeah, I've almost completely switched over to this new store and just buy their good sales. Their produce deals are insane. Their non-sale items are fine, but I see no reason to buy them.

Our fridge is overflowing right now.
Title: Re: Grocery shopping
Post by: Gerard on July 21, 2015, 11:08:05 AM
" Our latest grocery hack is to go by the salad bar for small servings of fresh spinach. Salad bar is sold by the pound, because they anticipate you'll load it down with stuff like cheese & olives. So we end up buying spinach or mixed greens for pennies compared to getting a whole box of greens."

I recently noticed that the precious grocery store that my sweetie likes has an olive/antipasto bar ($1.10 per 100 grams) that includes capers, so I might pop in there for a tubful of capers some day soon.

The original hack reminds me of something my ex used to do at the cafeteria at uni: she'd bring a package of instant noodles to school, buy a big handful of salad bar greens for 30 cents, and add them to her noodles.
Title: Re: Grocery shopping
Post by: forummm on August 02, 2015, 09:13:20 AM
Another great week of bargains. Everything is a full size or extra large size (and not a lower price due to being a smaller quantity). All the managers specials are at least 50% of regular price.
5 lbs raisins @$2.38/lb: $11.92
8 x 5 oz organic arugula or organic salad blend @ $0.99 ea: $7.92
4 x caramel chocolate bars on managers special @ $0.79 ea: $3.16
7 x giant chocolate bars on managers special @ $1 ea: $7
10 lbs peanuts @ $2.49/lb: $24.90
3 x 8oz parmesan cheese sprinkle on managers special @ $1.89 ea: $5.67
2 x bags kettle chips on managers special @ $0.99 ea: $1.98
5 x boxes Cheeze-it crackers @ $1.59 ea: $7.95
5 x boxes Ritz crackers @ $1.77 ea: $8.85
2 x gal milk @ $2.50 ea: $5
4 x 1 lb jars of artisanal jellies on managers special @ $1.39 ea: $5.56

Total with tax $92.61
A lot of the stuff will last for many months. And we also have previous bargain items at home to eat as well (like some remaining fruit from last week and the most of the fajita content.

I think I forgot to post last week all the cheese I bought for $3/lb and some other great deals like blueberries for 50 cents/lb.
Title: Re: Grocery shopping
Post by: Trundlesome1 on August 02, 2015, 09:34:45 AM
Unreal.  Groceries are so expensive here in Australia.  Blueberries are about $7 for a small box here.
Title: Re: Grocery shopping
Post by: forummm on August 02, 2015, 10:08:48 AM
Last week I also got 2lb cans of refried beans on managers special for $0.69 ea.
Title: Re: Grocery shopping
Post by: grantmeaname on August 02, 2015, 02:53:36 PM
Last week I also got 2lb cans of refried beans on managers special for $0.69 ea.
Wow, that's got to be as cheap as dried pintos!
Title: Re: Grocery shopping
Post by: forummm on August 02, 2015, 04:32:47 PM
Last week I also got 2lb cans of refried beans on managers special for $0.69 ea.
Wow, that's got to be as cheap as dried pintos!

Yeah, that's what I figured. I have dried pintos. But this saves me the trouble of making them.
Title: Re: Grocery shopping
Post by: grantmeaname on August 02, 2015, 05:09:34 PM
I always keep a can or two of refried on hand for exactly that reason - in case I want to make nachos or something on less than 10 hours of notice.
Title: Re: Grocery shopping
Post by: forummm on August 02, 2015, 05:25:11 PM
I always keep a can or two of refried on hand for exactly that reason - in case I want to make nachos or something on less than 10 hours of notice.

Fortunately, my legume-oriented cravings give me at least 12 or 14 hours of warning before they hit.
Title: Re: Grocery shopping
Post by: firewalker on August 02, 2015, 08:57:59 PM
Only noteworthy sale for me... wild caught salmon $1.99 per pound. Unadvertized overstock price. I snagged 5 lbs.
Title: Re: Grocery shopping
Post by: sstants on August 12, 2015, 10:19:36 AM
A good rule I use is if the price is crazy that week, don't buy it! It's definitely saying something when berries or other foods are so expensive, it means that the cost to produce and transport them is very high too. I just don't eat em unless they are cheap and local.

If you can be flexible with what type of green veggie you eat one week and what your fruit is, you can keep your costs low! If you think about your meals/shopping in categories and just buy the deals when you get to the store you'll be in good shape. My grocery list typically looks something like this:

Green vegetable or two (may end up being beans, broccoli, kale etc)
Squash/potato
Onion & Garlic
5 servings fruit
Leaves of some sort (lettuce/spinach/arugula etc)
Chicken
Ground turkey
Fish if on sale
Eggs
Milk & yogurt
Grain (rice/pasta/quinoa or whatever is on sale in the bulk bins)

That's about it...and I do it all at Whole Foods/farmers market for about $350 a month for 2 people.
Title: Re: Grocery shopping
Post by: Making Cookies on August 12, 2015, 11:49:23 AM
Unreal.  Groceries are so expensive here in Australia.  Blueberries are about $7 for a small box here.

What would a typical trip to the Aussie grocery look like? What do you eat typically there?

Title: Re: Grocery shopping
Post by: ClassyCat on August 12, 2015, 02:50:07 PM
Last week I also got 2lb cans of refried beans on managers special for $0.69 ea.

That's pretty awesome. We found a similar deal for black beans recently and stocked up on them. I'd forgotten how delicious they are. Not to mention the killer budget they allow.
Title: Re: Grocery shopping
Post by: Ox05 on August 12, 2015, 03:23:11 PM
One great new way I've found to save money on groceries is with the app iBotta. Normally I don't have time for coupons because I don't usually want what's on sale. But with iBotta, I regularly receive things like $1 off ANY brand of milk, .20c off bananas, $3 of a 12 pack of dos XX.

In other words, things I use. It only takes a little bit of work. I imagine I'm saving 20-25 a month on things I'd buy anyways, with way less than an hour of work.

You can download the app on your smartphone. If you'd like to use my referral code (yffesea), it'd be great. I get $2 and you get $1. Plus there are some bonuses attached to being on a team.
Title: Re: Grocery shopping
Post by: APowers on August 12, 2015, 05:22:52 PM
Wife went on a hike today, so the kids and I had a fun trip to the store, as she wanted some fig newtons to take with her (those are expensive!). The kids insisted that I get one of those carts that are decked out to look like a car, so we were "driving" around the store-- I cruised by the discontinued items section and found:

12 oz. spicy mustard-- $1
Five 1/2 gallons of almond/coconut milk-- $1/ea.

We don't normally do milk in our oatmeal for breakfast (Boy reacts to dairy). "Special" milk is normally inordinately expensive, so the kiddos will be excited to be able to have it regularly for a while.
Title: Re: Grocery shopping
Post by: forummm on August 15, 2015, 05:37:21 PM
Another cheap week of groceries. $2/lb for pork tenderloin, $2/gal for milk, $1.89 for loaves of bread, $1 per head of cauliflower, $1/bunch of asparagus, 60cents/lb for carrots, $1 per bunch of broccoli, 59 cents/lb for pears, $1/lb nectarines. $37 for the week, for a huge amount of food! We have granola and nuts at home already that we'll eat too.
Title: Re: Grocery shopping
Post by: ClassyCat on August 15, 2015, 07:18:56 PM
It's always interesting to see how much milk prices vary across the country. I drink milk and water exclusively because nothing else appeals to me, so I've been buying 3-4 gallons a week for years. I remember when I first moved here and it was $4 a gallon -- I nearly had a stroke. Now it's back down to $2.65 here.
Title: Re: Grocery shopping
Post by: forummm on August 15, 2015, 07:35:07 PM
It's always interesting to see how much milk prices vary across the country. I drink milk and water exclusively because nothing else appeals to me, so I've been buying 3-4 gallons a week for years. I remember when I first moved here and it was $4 a gallon -- I nearly had a stroke. Now it's back down to $2.65 here.

When I was in Hawaii 20 years ago it was around $6. On the North Slope of Alaska it was around $10. It's usually $3 here, but bounces between $2 and $3.50 (within a week even). I'd be interested to learn more about the economics of grocery stores and how the advertised prices on lost leaders work and how much they are losing and how they make it back on other items, etc.
Title: Re: Grocery shopping
Post by: alsoknownasDean on August 16, 2015, 07:22:01 AM
I recently found a fruit and vegetable shop about ten minutes drive from my place. I tend to go there regularly now.

An example of prices are:

$0.59 a kilo for oranges
$1.19 a kilo for bananas (they were $1.49 today)
$1.29 a kilo for mandarins
$1.99 a kilo for capsicum (they were $1.49 today)
$1.49 for tomatoes (and I've seen them as low as 79c/kg...in winter!)
$1.99 for a 5kg bag of potatoes
$1.19 for a 2kg bag of brown onions
$0.79 for a 1kg bag of carrots

Combine that with Aldi for most of the packaged stuff ($0.75 a tin of beans/lentils, $0.95 for Australian canned tomatoes,  etc), and meat from wherever (although $10+/kg is normal there),  I tend to do alright.

I'm astonished that a tin of tomatoes shipped all the way from Italy sells for $0.59 yet the same from Australia is $0.95.

Milk's usually about $2 for 2L (I'm surprised that gallon containers are so common in the States,  aren't they too heavy?)

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Title: Re: Grocery shopping
Post by: Bracken_Joy on August 16, 2015, 07:53:24 AM

Milk's usually about $2 for 2L (I'm surprised that gallon containers are so common in the States,  aren't they too heavy?)


It's a common trope in commercials that kids spill milk everywhere while trying to pour their cereal. I know some families transfer the milk to a smaller pitcher, but mostly, you just learn to muscle it at a young age.
Title: Re: Grocery shopping
Post by: alsoknownasDean on August 16, 2015, 08:04:01 AM

Milk's usually about $2 for 2L (I'm surprised that gallon containers are so common in the States,  aren't they too heavy?)


It's a common trope in commercials that kids spill milk everywhere while trying to pour their cereal. I know some families transfer the milk to a smaller pitcher, but mostly, you just learn to muscle it at a young age.
Hmm, do they offer half gallon containers? Half a gallon seems ideal, about 1.9L. Seems kinda silly really to have milk in such large containers, especially given milk's shelf life (or is it loaded up with HFCS there to extend that?).

I admit I've taken to buying the long life milk,  which is $0.90 for a 1L carton.
Title: Re: Grocery shopping
Post by: ClassyCat on August 16, 2015, 08:09:53 AM
Milk is offered in gallon and half gallon containers in the US, along with smaller cartons that hold varying amounts. Buying several half gallons would be severely impractical in my case because I go through it so quickly (3-4 gallons a week).
Title: Grocery shopping
Post by: Seppia on August 16, 2015, 08:40:23 AM
I'd be interested to learn more about the economics of grocery stores and how the advertised prices on lost leaders work and how much they are losing and how they make it back on other items, etc.

It depends mightily on the store.
Costco is by FAR the best place to shop, in the conus they have a very simple approach to pricing: 13.5% margin.
Everything you buy has cost them 0.865 times what you pay.
Among regular stores walmart and target are the ones taking the smaller margins on average, 25-30% 
To the surprise of no one, whole foods takes the highest margins, 45 to 50%.
The policy on deals also changes across the different banners.
Some will do what is called "penny for penny" meaning that if a certain product costs them $6 and they are selling it for $10, if the manufacturer gives them a $2 temporary discount they will reduce their price by $2. They will keep their margin fully intact.
Again to the surprise of no one this is what whole foods usually does.
Kroger also does the same.
Others will keep the same margin %, so using the figures of the above example a $2 temporary discount from the manufacturer would result in a $6.67 selling price. Walmart and target tend to fall in this category.

The above is a general rule, valid for items that move reasonable volumes without being uber brands with super high velocity on the shelf.
Coca cola products tend to be sold at very very low margins, sometimes even at a loss during a special.
Conversely, very slow moving items tend to have very high margins to compensate for the slower movement.
Title: Re: Grocery shopping
Post by: forummm on August 16, 2015, 09:36:35 AM

Milk's usually about $2 for 2L (I'm surprised that gallon containers are so common in the States,  aren't they too heavy?)


It's a common trope in commercials that kids spill milk everywhere while trying to pour their cereal. I know some families transfer the milk to a smaller pitcher, but mostly, you just learn to muscle it at a young age.
Hmm, do they offer half gallon containers? Half a gallon seems ideal, about 1.9L. Seems kinda silly really to have milk in such large containers, especially given milk's shelf life (or is it loaded up with HFCS there to extend that?).

I admit I've taken to buying the long life milk,  which is $0.90 for a 1L carton.

You can get milk in pints, quarts, half gallons, or gallons. Each smaller size is typically more expensive per ounce. Frequently a quart will be 10% cheaper than a half gallon. Or a half gallon will be 25% cheaper than a gallon. It's kind of crazy.
Title: Re: Grocery shopping
Post by: Anje on August 17, 2015, 04:22:18 AM
Gosh. I'm so envious at your prices. And I understand why I spend absurd amount more on food.

An example of prices are - cheepest sale in ():
$3.1 (1.25) a kilo for oranges
$2.9 (1.25) a kilo for bananas
$6.25 for (the cheapest of) tomatoes - if you want fancy tomatoes they cost $11-12 a kilo, but you might luck out and get them 40% off.
$1.8 for 1kg of onions
$2.25 (1.25) for 1kg of carrots (when "local" they surge up to 2.25 for 1/2 a kilo...)
$2.5 for 1 medium avocado - or 6.25 for a kilo of the tiny ones
1.25 for a head of broccoli or cauliflower (around 1/2 a kilo)

Milk's usually about $1.8 for 1L, I can only ocationally (every second month or so) find it at rock bottom price of 1.25.
Ground pork on sale can drop to 1.35 a pound. Ground beef not on sale costs $ 6.5 a pound. If you want meat it's near $ 20 a pound
Any nuts found at $ 12.5 or less a kilo I buy in bulk. Normally several of them go for the double.
Title: Re: Grocery shopping
Post by: grantmeaname on August 17, 2015, 06:05:24 AM
It depends mightily on the store.
Costco is by FAR the best place to shop, in the conus they have a very simple approach to pricing: 13.5% margin.
Everything you buy has cost them 0.865 times what you pay.
Really? Do you have a source for that? I've never heard anything like that before.
Title: Grocery shopping
Post by: Seppia on August 17, 2015, 07:10:30 AM
Edit. Let's say I can guarantee that is true.
Title: Re: Grocery shopping
Post by: grantmeaname on August 17, 2015, 07:18:51 AM
I appreciate that you may have first-hand knowledge of it, but you are just some guy on the internet. That's not much of a source. (FWIW, the GM% in the audited financial statements is about 12.6% so the number is reasonable)
Title: Re: Grocery shopping
Post by: fitfrugalfab on August 17, 2015, 07:28:13 AM
(http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/15/06/22/ab8dbbe8f70ece7ab353c109507dcf1a.jpg)

18 items under $18 in my local farmers market
Good for 10days for two of us since we eat lot of curry and raw fresh veggies.

I wish my local farmer's market had prices like that. I live by DC so my farmer's market prices would be almost triple that.
Title: Grocery shopping
Post by: Seppia on August 17, 2015, 10:01:52 AM
I appreciate that you may have first-hand knowledge of it, but you are just some guy on the internet. That's not much of a source. (FWIW, the GM% in the audited financial statements is about 12.6% so the number is reasonable)

I understand completely no worries.
I just prefer to avoid publicly explaining why and how I do know because I'm not sure the retailers involved would be happy to know someone is putting the information out there.

By the way it's not that hard to get a general confirmation of this, knowing that give or take all major retailers get more or less the same net net cost from suppliers.
You can safely assume that costco, walmart, Kroger Safeway and publix get more or less the same conditions from coca cola, P&G, unilever, etc.
then you can work back their margins.

You are going to have a hard time finding out a clear source saying "hey that's what we make on the products we sell"
Title: Re: Grocery shopping
Post by: forummm on August 17, 2015, 11:51:46 AM
I thought Costco bragged about keeping their margin set low so that their members got fair prices on things, and why some things are MUCH cheaper than competitors while other things are more average priced. I've heard the 15% markup number from their members who don't have inside connections.
Title: Re: Grocery shopping
Post by: Travis on August 18, 2015, 04:18:15 PM
I thought Costco bragged about keeping their margin set low so that their members got fair prices on things, and why some things are MUCH cheaper than competitors while other things are more average priced. I've heard the 15% markup number from their members who don't have inside connections.

http://www.businessinsider.com/three-reasons-costco-is-beating-wal-mart-2013-11 (http://www.businessinsider.com/three-reasons-costco-is-beating-wal-mart-2013-11)

The 15% figure seems to be public knowledge.  One of my coworkers wrote his MBA thesis on Costco's business strategy.  I don't have access to his hard data, but I remember him talking about Costco constantly on the lookout for things they could buy and keep in stock at the lowest overhead costs for themselves (rotating brand names rather than staying with a particular one) in addition to only stocking a fraction of the items a normal grocery store does which greatly reduces their expenses.
Title: Re: Grocery shopping
Post by: Travis on August 18, 2015, 04:21:25 PM
We just opened a Sams Club membership last week and filled our pantry (just moved states and had to start grocery shopping from scratch).  This is our first attempt at this kind of store so I'm eager to see if it's worth the effort.  We could have gone with Costco, but it's a 25 minute drive vs 5 minutes for Sams.  This first month we're spending 30% more than a normal month, but I'm hoping it averages out with us not having to go back so often for the bulk items.
Title: Re: Grocery shopping
Post by: FIRE me on August 18, 2015, 07:33:26 PM
My best hit in quite a while: 8  42oz containers of Quick Quaker Oats @ 2 for $5.00. All from Walgreen's, bought the same week on on several trips. They are $5.50 each at Kroger, and around $4 at Wal-Mart. But the kicker is that my closest Wal-Mart has been out of stock for months. They have the Old Fashioned Oats in the Quick Oats slot.

That's breakfast every day for me for about 10 months for $20, plus milk, a little sugar, and bananas.
Title: Re: Grocery shopping
Post by: Seppia on August 18, 2015, 09:20:27 PM

I thought Costco bragged about keeping their margin set low so that their members got fair prices on things, and why some things are MUCH cheaper than competitors while other things are more average priced. I've heard the 15% markup number from their members who don't have inside connections.

http://www.businessinsider.com/three-reasons-costco-is-beating-wal-mart-2013-11 (http://www.businessinsider.com/three-reasons-costco-is-beating-wal-mart-2013-11)

The 15% figure seems to be public knowledge.  One of my coworkers wrote his MBA thesis on Costco's business strategy.  I don't have access to his hard data, but I remember him talking about Costco constantly on the lookout for things they could buy and keep in stock at the lowest overhead costs for themselves (rotating brand names rather than staying with a particular one) in addition to only stocking a fraction of the items a normal grocery store does which greatly reduces their expenses.

Happy what I said is apparently publicly confirmed (13.5% margin is basically 15% markup)
Title: Re: Grocery shopping
Post by: Frugal_NYC on August 19, 2015, 07:42:19 AM
Being in NYC can be tough on the grocery budget but one store by me slaps $2 coupons on meat close to the expiration date so I can often get 93 lean ground beef for like $3/lb

Fairway is also reasonably price compared to the hell that is whole foods
Title: Re: Grocery shopping
Post by: wordnerd on August 29, 2015, 10:41:56 AM
Not a bad week.

2 heads of cauliflower at $1.50 each
1 lb Braeburn apples at $0.89/lb
1 lb Granny smith apples at $0.99/lb
2.5 lbs Peaches at $0.59/lb
6.5 lbs pork chops at $1.79/lb
Title: Re: Grocery shopping
Post by: kathrynd on August 30, 2015, 11:41:22 AM
Unreal.  Groceries are so expensive here in Australia.  Blueberries are about $7 for a small box here.

No they aren't.
Sales are everywhere....you just buy them when they are on sale or reduced ( Blueberries)

We split our time between Canada and Australia...and what you need to change most of all is your attitude.
Search out the smaller markets, where produce is cheaper or on sale more often.
We house sit, so  we travel around to the small towns, all the time.

Woolies and Coles have the 'fill a bag for $2-$3" ...for produce.
They have 30% off their meats every day.
Milk is reduced....etc

The biggest challenge, is finding out when they do this....ask, if you need to.
Title: Re: Grocery shopping
Post by: forummm on September 11, 2015, 05:35:15 PM
Today's trip:
2 gallons of milk: $5
5.62 lbs of pork tenderloin: $10.06
29 cans of tuna: $14.50

We still have vegetables and other staples to round out the meals. The tuna will be eaten over the next year or so.
Title: Re: Grocery shopping
Post by: NataliaDuma on September 12, 2015, 01:07:49 AM
One great way to save on grocery shopping is to list down a weekly menu. Before heading off to buy your groceries, you must make a list of what needs to be bought. In that way you can work around a fixed budget and avoid your losses in terms of food spoilage and wastes.
Title: Re: Grocery shopping
Post by: Faraday on September 12, 2015, 01:40:51 AM
Had another great week of buys:

5 pints of grape tomatoes @ $1.29 ea
2 lb strawberries $1.99
4x 2lb blueberries @ $1.50 ea
2x 10lb chicken leg quarters @ $2.99 ea
2x giant cauliflower heads @ $1.50 ea
Total: $24.12

Will get milk for $1.99 tomorrow or Monday.

Notice that the bulk of forummm's crazy-good meat deals are on chicken. Thighs have always been a killer deal because so many people don't like them.

I'm seeing 5 lb trays of chicken breasts at Sam's for $1.99/lb. Nowhere near as good as forummm's deal, but still not bad. I can throw that chicken on the grill and come up with meat protein for three or more dinners plus a couple lunches on that purchase.  3-5 lbs of chicken breast and a jar of artichoke hearts in oil and you've not only got awesome keto-compliant food, you can pre-portion it out, refrigerate or freeze and end up with a lot of meals for the money.

Pork hasn't been as cheap as chicken for a long time but you can usually get good deals on "family packs" of certain cuts like boneless pork chops.  I always buy pork in "family pack" sizes and just freeze it.  Same for bacon, which is usually painfully expensive.

forummm, where'd you make that magic on the chicken leg quarters?
Title: Re: Grocery shopping
Post by: forummm on September 12, 2015, 06:22:25 AM
Had another great week of buys:

5 pints of grape tomatoes @ $1.29 ea
2 lb strawberries $1.99
4x 2lb blueberries @ $1.50 ea
2x 10lb chicken leg quarters @ $2.99 ea
2x giant cauliflower heads @ $1.50 ea
Total: $24.12

Will get milk for $1.99 tomorrow or Monday.

Notice that the bulk of forummm's crazy-good meat deals are on chicken. Thighs have always been a killer deal because so many people don't like them.

I'm seeing 5 lb trays of chicken breasts at Sam's for $1.99/lb. Nowhere near as good as forummm's deal, but still not bad. I can throw that chicken on the grill and come up with meat protein for three or more dinners plus a couple lunches on that purchase.  3-5 lbs of chicken breast and a jar of artichoke hearts in oil and you've not only got awesome keto-compliant food, you can pre-portion it out, refrigerate or freeze and end up with a lot of meals for the money.

Pork hasn't been as cheap as chicken for a long time but you can usually get good deals on "family packs" of certain cuts like boneless pork chops.  I always buy pork in "family pack" sizes and just freeze it.  Same for bacon, which is usually painfully expensive.

forummm, where'd you make that magic on the chicken leg quarters?

I find pork shoulders or pork butts are frequently $1.49/lb and are great for the crock pot. This is at Kroger. The usual price is $1.99 or so but they routinely go on sale and that's when I buy. Their chicken breasts are either $1.99 or $5 and they go back and forth. Obviously I only buy when cheap. Pork tenderloin is usually $4 but then it goes down to $2 and was $1.79 this week. If you just know what things cost and only buy whatever's on sale you're literally cutting your meat spending as much as by half vs buying something without looking at what's on sale. There's an Asian grocery store that has amazing deals on fruit and vegetables and certain meats. That's where I got the thighs and quarters.
Title: Re: Grocery shopping
Post by: wordnerd on September 19, 2015, 01:30:08 PM
Pretty happy with my haul today:

$1.25 for a gallon of milk (doesn't expire for a week)
$2 each for 2 12 oz bottles of saline solution
$3 for 12 oz of kona whole bean coffee
$0.88/lb for 5 lb whole chicken
$0.99/lb for 3 lbs of pears
$0.99 each for 2 large heads of iceberg lettuce
Title: Re: Grocery shopping
Post by: forummm on May 01, 2016, 12:08:51 PM
This week was mostly staples. There was a big cheese sale ($2.49/lb) so I bought 20 pounds. Normally it's $3.50-$4 on sale.
Title: Re: Grocery shopping
Post by: Monkey Uncle on May 01, 2016, 01:20:52 PM
Chicken thighs - .59/lb
Pork sirloin roast - .99/lb

Splurge! T-bone steak - 4.99/lb
Title: Re: Grocery shopping
Post by: slackmax on May 05, 2016, 08:12:05 PM
Blueberries, Blackberries, Raspberries here in Pa are usually skyhigh ($3.99 for a plastic microbox. 6 ounces?).  But occasionally they go way down, like 99 cents for a microbox.  I only buy when they are low.

At $3.99 for a tiny box that lasts for about 2  servings, either there's a berry cartel of some sort, or they are now paying the illegals $40 an hour to pick them, or both. Ha Ha.   Mindblowing.
Title: Re: Grocery shopping
Post by: Bbqmustache on May 06, 2016, 04:57:05 AM
In Early October, we head to the Apple Harvest Festival in Biglerville PA.  But on our way home, about 2 miles from the South Mountain fairgrounds is an orchard that is selling about 30 different kinds of apples.  Each in huge wooden bins.  You're given a large bag, and fill it with what kinds you want, no upcharge for any variety.  And the prices are to die for.

We pre-make apple pie filling and freeze them into pie pan shapes.  Will also dry sugar pack other slices for other uses.  Cortland apples go to MIL for apple butter creation.
Title: Re: Grocery shopping
Post by: alsoknownasDean on May 07, 2016, 04:08:46 AM
Today's trip to the fruit and vegetable shop:

1x 500ml bottle of mango juice ($0.99)
1x Pineapple ($1.99)
646g Roma tomatoes ($1.89/kg)
1.738kg Brushed potatoes ($1.99/kg)
1.366kg Bananas ($0.99/kg)
484g Red Capsicum (bell peppers) ($1.99/kg)
464g Carrots ($1.49/kg)
614g Mandarins ($0.99/kg)
386g Small red apples ($0.99/kg)

All of that for $11.65. The potatoes and carrots were a bit on the expensive side, but whatever.
Title: Re: Grocery shopping
Post by: forummm on May 07, 2016, 07:57:39 AM
Yesterday I got:
8 pints of grape tomatoes for $1 each
3 cauliflower at $1 each
5 lbs ground beef at $1.99/lb
6 lbs sweet yellow onions for $3
Title: Re: Grocery shopping
Post by: Jakejake on May 07, 2016, 05:25:46 PM
I am kicking some major grocery butt this month so far. I spent $135 to get $150 in gift cards to one of the major grocery stores here.

Expenses: $172 ($37 plus the $135 for gift cards)

Includes fruits & veggies:
a case of tomatoes with some bad spots,
a small case of grapes, some good, some had to be thrown out,
apricots,
13 pounds of apples.
a head of romaine lettuce
one banana
6 frozen veggie 12oz bags
an entire case of arugula (half dozen bags?) for two dollars. I figured this is the universe telling me it's time to try the fad. My review: arugula tastes worse than foot fungus. And wow, I have a lot of it.

Proteins:
2 lbs turkey burgers
3 lbs bacon ends
2 boxes of veggie burgers
3 lbs chicken nuggets
1 doz eggs
3 cans refried beans

Random stuff:
gallon of milk
1 quart half and half
lentil chips
pretzels
1 yogurt
2 tubs of margarine
a loaf of bread
two packs of tortillas

Money back: $167.6 ($9.6 in rebates, $8 in On Your Next Order coupons, and $150 from the gift cards)

Net Cost: $5.12
Title: Re: Grocery shopping
Post by: Arktinkerer on May 10, 2016, 10:02:49 AM
Any one else get spoiled by finding deals?  I mean it just sticks in my brain the times when we went in and found a bunch of roasted chickens marked down because they were in the warmer and then refrigerated section and finally they cleared them.  Now, I try and time my trips to the grocery to see if I can catch that deal again.  I find myself going in if I am just going by the store at about that time.  Can't stand to buy at the regular price anymore but haven't been able to hit sales like that in the last couple months!

Similar stories about stocking up on butter or other goods.  Its like my price point has been permanently lowered...
Title: Re: Grocery shopping
Post by: forummm on May 12, 2016, 09:28:38 AM
There was a sale on bratwurst and Italian sausage. 18 ounce packages for $1.99. I bought 22 (the freezer is now packed full). A variety of options (beer brats, traditional brats, sweet Italian sausage, traditional Italian sausage).
Title: Re: Grocery shopping
Post by: Kaybee on May 12, 2016, 11:48:11 AM
If you can be flexible with what type of green veggie you eat one week and what your fruit is, you can keep your costs low! If you think about your meals/shopping in categories and just buy the deals when you get to the store you'll be in good shape. My grocery list typically looks something like this:

Green vegetable or two (may end up being beans, broccoli, kale etc)
Squash/potato
Onion & Garlic
5 servings fruit
Leaves of some sort (lettuce/spinach/arugula etc)
Chicken
Ground turkey
Fish if on sale
Eggs
Milk & yogurt
Grain (rice/pasta/quinoa or whatever is on sale in the bulk bins)

I'm happy that someone shops the way I do (my non-MMM friends all looked at me funny when I mentioned my grocery habits).  I don't decide what I want to eat and then buy it, I go to the store, see what's on sale and *then* figure out what I'll be eating.

That being said, there haven't been any *stellar* deals at my grocery store lately but I'm veg and stores don't use items like tempeh and tofu as loss-leaders, lol.
Title: Re: Grocery shopping
Post by: forummm on May 22, 2016, 04:14:00 PM
Another good produce haul
4 lbs asparagus at $1.99/lb
3 lbs strawberries $1.99 (2 berries were moldy so it was on sale)
8 lbs oranges $3
4 pints grape tomatoes $1 ea
Title: Re: Grocery shopping
Post by: forummm on June 05, 2016, 11:56:58 AM
More bargains today
4.5 pounds black berries $4
25 large cucumbers $5
4 pounds asparagus $6

3x $2/gallon milk

Add that to some rice, meat, and granola we already have at home, and that's what we'll eat this week.
Title: Re: Grocery shopping
Post by: G-dog on June 05, 2016, 12:45:16 PM
More bargains today
4.5 pounds black berries $4
25 large cucumbers $5
4 pounds asparagus $6

3x $2/gallon milk

Add that to some rice, meat, and granola we already have at home, and that's what we'll eat this week.
What are you going to do with 25 cucumbers?
I just got 36lb of charcoal for $19.99 at Costco, not sure that that is any radically fantastic deal though.
Title: Re: Grocery shopping
Post by: Bracken_Joy on June 05, 2016, 12:47:54 PM
More bargains today
4.5 pounds black berries $4
25 large cucumbers $5
4 pounds asparagus $6

3x $2/gallon milk

Add that to some rice, meat, and granola we already have at home, and that's what we'll eat this week.
What are you going to do with 25 cucumbers?
I just got 36lb of charcoal for $19.99 at Costco, not sure that that is any radically fantastic deal though.

Pickles?
Title: Re: Grocery shopping
Post by: G-dog on June 05, 2016, 01:28:36 PM
Last year our cucumber plant produced at least a hundred cucumbers! I made so many pickles. Large cucumbers are not optimal for making pickles (or so I read), neither are slicing cucumbers (another thing I read), but I used them and they were fine. I made refrigerator pickles, though I doubt that it matters.

ETA: with our bounty of cucumbers, I was looking for ways to use or preserve besides pickles. So I am curious, I found nothing but pickles.
Title: Re: Grocery shopping
Post by: Bracken_Joy on June 05, 2016, 01:56:36 PM
Last year our cucumber plant produced at least a hundred cucumbers! I made so many pickles. Large cucumbers are not optimal for making pickles (or so I read), neither are slicing cucumbers (another thing I read), but I used them and they were fine. I made refrigerator pickles, though I doubt that it matters.

ETA: with our bounty of cucumbers, I was looking for ways to use or preserve besides pickles. So I am curious, I found nothing but pickles.

Eh, they certainly won't be as crisp but slicers and bigger cukes can make good spears- particularly, like you said, if they're fridge pickles. I know people also use additives (citric acid? I don't recall) to crisp them up more. As far as other options go, you can always use cukes like zucchini if you press some water out for shredded dishes- it hides well in chili, bulks up soup, etc. A slight taste is conferred, but I don't mind it, although I grew up with it so YMMV. I think people replace it with zucc for other uses, like fritters or fried slices, but I haven't tried those.

Ooooh and tzatziki can't be beat.
Title: Re: Grocery shopping
Post by: forummm on June 05, 2016, 04:19:42 PM
More bargains today
4.5 pounds black berries $4
25 large cucumbers $5
4 pounds asparagus $6

3x $2/gallon milk

Add that to some rice, meat, and granola we already have at home, and that's what we'll eat this week.
What are you going to do with 25 cucumbers?
I just got 36lb of charcoal for $19.99 at Costco, not sure that that is any radically fantastic deal though.

Cucumber salads. We ate 4 tonight and I used another 13ish to create one that is marinating in some homemade balsamic vinaigrette.
Title: Re: Grocery shopping
Post by: Rezdent on June 05, 2016, 08:57:36 PM
Last year our cucumber plant produced at least a hundred cucumbers! I made so many pickles. Large cucumbers are not optimal for making pickles (or so I read), neither are slicing cucumbers (another thing I read), but I used them and they were fine. I made refrigerator pickles, though I doubt that it matters.

ETA: with our bounty of cucumbers, I was looking for ways to use or preserve besides pickles. So I am curious, I found nothing but pickles.

Eh, they certainly won't be as crisp but slicers and bigger cukes can make good spears- particularly, like you said, if they're fridge pickles. I know people also use additives (citric acid? I don't recall) to crisp them up more. As far as other options go, you can always use cukes like zucchini if you press some water out for shredded dishes- it hides well in chili, bulks up soup, etc. A slight taste is conferred, but I don't mind it, although I grew up with it so YMMV. I think people replace it with zucc for other uses, like fritters or fried slices, but I haven't tried those.

Ooooh and tzatziki can't be beat.
I've thinned out the recipe for tzatziki in the past using more cucumber.  Made a most delightful soup/drink.
Title: Re: Grocery shopping
Post by: Bracken_Joy on June 06, 2016, 09:11:10 AM
Last year our cucumber plant produced at least a hundred cucumbers! I made so many pickles. Large cucumbers are not optimal for making pickles (or so I read), neither are slicing cucumbers (another thing I read), but I used them and they were fine. I made refrigerator pickles, though I doubt that it matters.

ETA: with our bounty of cucumbers, I was looking for ways to use or preserve besides pickles. So I am curious, I found nothing but pickles.

Eh, they certainly won't be as crisp but slicers and bigger cukes can make good spears- particularly, like you said, if they're fridge pickles. I know people also use additives (citric acid? I don't recall) to crisp them up more. As far as other options go, you can always use cukes like zucchini if you press some water out for shredded dishes- it hides well in chili, bulks up soup, etc. A slight taste is conferred, but I don't mind it, although I grew up with it so YMMV. I think people replace it with zucc for other uses, like fritters or fried slices, but I haven't tried those.

Ooooh and tzatziki can't be beat.
I've thinned out the recipe for tzatziki in the past using more cucumber.  Made a most delightful soup/drink.

I've had some killer cocktails made with cucumber as well! Not going to go through a *ton* of cucumber that way, but certainly a pleasant way to go through some! =D
Title: Re: Grocery shopping
Post by: JoRocka on June 06, 2016, 01:16:46 PM
Another good produce haul
4 lbs asparagus at $1.99/lb
3 lbs strawberries $1.99 (2 berries were moldy so it was on sale)
8 lbs oranges $3
4 pints grape tomatoes $1 ea

I'm jealous- our asparagus and strawberries haven't dropped yet.
still like 3.99/4.99 for asparagus and 3.99 for a pint of strawberries.

I can't- I'll eat canned or frozen veggies before paying that kind of price for asparagus.
Title: Re: Grocery shopping
Post by: JoRocka on June 06, 2016, 01:17:42 PM
If you can be flexible with what type of green veggie you eat one week and what your fruit is, you can keep your costs low! If you think about your meals/shopping in categories and just buy the deals when you get to the store you'll be in good shape. My grocery list typically looks something like this:

Green vegetable or two (may end up being beans, broccoli, kale etc)
Squash/potato
Onion & Garlic
5 servings fruit
Leaves of some sort (lettuce/spinach/arugula etc)
Chicken
Ground turkey
Fish if on sale
Eggs
Milk & yogurt
Grain (rice/pasta/quinoa or whatever is on sale in the bulk bins)

I'm happy that someone shops the way I do (my non-MMM friends all looked at me funny when I mentioned my grocery habits).  I don't decide what I want to eat and then buy it, I go to the store, see what's on sale and *then* figure out what I'll be eating.

That being said, there haven't been any *stellar* deals at my grocery store lately but I'm veg and stores don't use items like tempeh and tofu as loss-leaders, lol.

I have a loose frame work of what I want- I figure out the exact dish after I get my haul home. But Yeah- I'll easily trade my chicken for pork- or no meat at all if it's not on sale. I can't be bothered with chicken at 4$ a pound. aint no one got time for dat.
Title: Re: Grocery shopping
Post by: Gerard on June 10, 2016, 06:31:00 PM
with our bounty of cucumbers, I was looking for ways to use or preserve besides pickles. So I am curious, I found nothing but pickles.

We had craploads of cukes when I was a kid. My mom would peel and grate them, let them drain or squeeze them out, then add vinegar or lemon juice, salt, pepper or chili, and a little oil. It's amazing how many you can eat and still enjoy them, and they're super refreshing on a hot day, or as a side dish for spicy food. (We'd also drink the juice!)

In terms of my own grocery scores, I got a fresh pineapple for two bucks (that's a bargain in Newfoundland). As I just posted on the "What are you eating?" thread, half has been cooked with pork and soy sauce, the other half with Thai red curry paste and coconut milk. Both awesome with rice.
Title: Re: Grocery shopping
Post by: brute on June 10, 2016, 06:40:27 PM
If you can be flexible with what type of green veggie you eat one week and what your fruit is, you can keep your costs low! If you think about your meals/shopping in categories and just buy the deals when you get to the store you'll be in good shape. My grocery list typically looks something like this:

Green vegetable or two (may end up being beans, broccoli, kale etc)
Squash/potato
Onion & Garlic
5 servings fruit
Leaves of some sort (lettuce/spinach/arugula etc)
Chicken
Ground turkey
Fish if on sale
Eggs
Milk & yogurt
Grain (rice/pasta/quinoa or whatever is on sale in the bulk bins)

I'm happy that someone shops the way I do (my non-MMM friends all looked at me funny when I mentioned my grocery habits).  I don't decide what I want to eat and then buy it, I go to the store, see what's on sale and *then* figure out what I'll be eating.

That being said, there haven't been any *stellar* deals at my grocery store lately but I'm veg and stores don't use items like tempeh and tofu as loss-leaders, lol.

I have a loose frame work of what I want- I figure out the exact dish after I get my haul home. But Yeah- I'll easily trade my chicken for pork- or no meat at all if it's not on sale. I can't be bothered with chicken at 4$ a pound. aint no one got time for dat.

That is why I love having a Sam's club a few miles away. $1.88 a pound for chicken breast every day.
Title: Re: Grocery shopping
Post by: JoRocka on June 10, 2016, 06:45:31 PM
If you can be flexible with what type of green veggie you eat one week and what your fruit is, you can keep your costs low! If you think about your meals/shopping in categories and just buy the deals when you get to the store you'll be in good shape. My grocery list typically looks something like this:

Green vegetable or two (may end up being beans, broccoli, kale etc)
Squash/potato
Onion & Garlic
5 servings fruit
Leaves of some sort (lettuce/spinach/arugula etc)
Chicken
Ground turkey
Fish if on sale
Eggs
Milk & yogurt
Grain (rice/pasta/quinoa or whatever is on sale in the bulk bins)

I'm happy that someone shops the way I do (my non-MMM friends all looked at me funny when I mentioned my grocery habits).  I don't decide what I want to eat and then buy it, I go to the store, see what's on sale and *then* figure out what I'll be eating.

That being said, there haven't been any *stellar* deals at my grocery store lately but I'm veg and stores don't use items like tempeh and tofu as loss-leaders, lol.

I have a loose frame work of what I want- I figure out the exact dish after I get my haul home. But Yeah- I'll easily trade my chicken for pork- or no meat at all if it's not on sale. I can't be bothered with chicken at 4$ a pound. aint no one got time for dat.

That is why I love having a Sam's club a few miles away. $1.88 a pound for chicken breast every day.
I hear Wegmans is the same way.but I get anxiety going into that store.  And quite frankly I don't eat enough dry goods to make paying the price of Sam's/BJ's or Costco. So. I fight with the regular store for sales lol

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Title: Re: Grocery shopping
Post by: forummm on June 18, 2016, 01:47:21 PM
My fridge is packed with berries and vegetables and eggs
60 cans corn or peas @ $0.44/ea
gallon milk $1.99
4x12 oz cheerios (for baby) plus free 18 large eggs--$8 total
6lbs blueberries $2.97
5doz large eggs $3.09
2.5lb bag baby spinach $2.99
6.6lb red cabbage $3.24
4 pints grape tomatoes $1.29 each
Title: Re: Grocery shopping
Post by: Trudie on June 18, 2016, 05:34:10 PM
Regarding what to do with all those cukes, if you just search online for microwave pickle recipes you can make really tasty and easy pickles with some of them.

We've had some good deals here lately too:
Milk -$1.99/gallon
Eggs - .69/dozen (conventional; I prefer free range but these are good for the short term)
Lots of great, reasonably priced organic veg at the farmer's market...

I've been making my own balsamic dressing for the salad greens.  It's easy peasy of course, but I've been lazy in the past.  I prefer the balsamic from Trader Joe's, Costco Olive Oil, then throw in some scallions, Grey Poupon, and a bit of honey, salt and pepper.  Yummo.  Had a butter lettuce salad tonight with goat cheese, strawberries, unsalted sunflower seeds, and balsamic.  Yummo (and cheap).
Title: Re: Grocery shopping
Post by: Monkey Uncle on June 26, 2016, 01:20:18 PM
3 quarts of black raspberries, $0.00.  (Picked 'em out of my yard.)

Title: Re: Grocery shopping
Post by: dbo on June 26, 2016, 01:47:49 PM
This is the summer of cheap eggs. ALDI has them for .69 cents a dozen regularly, sometimes even .49 cents.  I am practically drinking eggs at our house.

Title: Re: Grocery shopping
Post by: Well Respected Man on June 26, 2016, 03:43:40 PM
Biked to get groceries today for the first time. Beautiful weekend summer day, car is in the shop, daughter headed the same way, so if not now, when? I scored some manager's special sausages for $2/lb., and then stocked up on pasta (Prince and Ronzoni brand, ooo) for $.69/box. As I was filling in the required 10 boxes, I picked some of the Ronzonis that were regularly $1.79. Then I noticed a coupon dispenser for the Ronzoni ones, for another $1 off 2 boxes, so those ended up being $0.19 per box. I may go back just to buy 10 boxes of that, and go through the attended checkout just to freak out the clerk.

I will definitely be biking for groceries again.
Title: Re: Grocery shopping
Post by: forummm on July 10, 2016, 11:18:38 AM
This is the summer of cheap eggs. ALDI has them for .69 cents a dozen regularly, sometimes even .49 cents.  I am practically drinking eggs at our house.

Yeah! They must have over produced in response to the under production of late due to having to kill off the chickens because of that virus. We've used maybe 11 dozen in the past few weeks.
Title: Re: Grocery shopping
Post by: forummm on July 10, 2016, 11:18:56 AM
This week's groceries:
3 lbs strawberries: $2
3 lbs onions: $1.79
2.86 lbs green pepper: $2.26
2.3 lbs tomatoes: $1.82
3 heads lettuce: $2
2.5 gal milk: $5

About $15. Add in some things we have at home: seasonings, salad dressings, rice, 2 lbs chickpeas ($2.5), cans of vegetables (8x$0.35=$2.8), 3 doz eggs ($2) and home made granola. We're probably looking at around $25-30 for food for the week for the adults.
Title: Re: Grocery shopping
Post by: forummm on July 17, 2016, 04:37:03 PM
$8 for vegetables for a pasta dish (2 kinds of tomatoes, onions)
$1.5 for plums
$2 for red cabbage for a slaw
$4 for milk
$2 for pasta
$12 for pork shoulder (slow cooked)

Probably another <$5 in miscellaneous other ingredients (oil, vinegar, mayo, spices, etc), staples, homemade granola, etc. That's our food for the week. <$35 total
Title: Re: Grocery shopping
Post by: forummm on July 24, 2016, 04:45:34 PM
3.7lbs broccoli crowns $3.30
4 lbs asparagus $6
4 pints blueberries $4
45 oz high quality organic lettuce blends (arugula, etc) $5

I'll get some milk, pork chops, tomatoes, and other stuff on sale at another store tomorrow.
Title: Re: Grocery shopping
Post by: forummm on August 21, 2016, 07:07:04 PM
6lbs blackberries $4
6 pints cherry tomatoes $5.34
5 lbs sweet peppers $4.95
3 gallons milk $3

Combine with some cheap cheese, ham, and macaroni, and some miscellaneous items, and that's most of our food for the week.
Title: Re: Grocery shopping
Post by: icemodeled on August 21, 2016, 09:48:55 PM
None of our farmers markets are actually a good deal, everything is much pricier then in the store so we never buy from them. Just my husband and I and we manage to stay at or under $200/mo and we feel that we are not deprived. My one splurge is cheesecake normally and my husbands is usually snack foods. You got some amazing prices in fruit! We mostly shop at Aldis, Winn Dixie and save a lot plus couple small discount stores. Aldis is great for a lot of things (not their milk though.. Seemed so watered down!). Rest we mostly just buy on sale items. We cannot buy much fresh produce at a time or it will go bad so quickly, we just can't eat it quick enough.
Title: Re: Grocery shopping
Post by: forummm on August 27, 2016, 05:56:25 PM
44oz blueberries $3.96
3.72 lbs tomatoes $1.82
3.08 lbs broccoli crowns $2.43
2.27 lbs green pepper $1.79
3lb yellow onions $1.49
9 English cucumbers $3
$14.49 total.

Tomorrow I'll get some milk ($1/half gal x 5) and grapes ($0.89/lb) and add that to 2lbs pasta ($2), 2.5 lbs ground beef ($5) and some other miscellaneous ingredients. Along with our homemade granola, that's basically our food for the week.