Previously, on your favorite show, A Woman Buys Food:
A woman bought food. The food was well priced. The woman had joy, for the costing of the food was less than the money she had allocated to pay for the food.
Will the woman buy more food? Will the food be well priced? Will she have joy? Tune in this week to see!
Spoiler alert: She does not have joy.
What she has is anticipation. Because the roller coaster of budgets and sale cycles is enough to drive any sane person round the bend. Every week, grocery shopping feels like the end of a Marvel Phase 2 Movie. “Kristen B will be back to tackle groceries in Coupon Infinity Wars.”
But pretty soon that drama will be in our past because once this year ends and the new fiscal ones begins (holla, January!), the grocery budget will change! And once the grocery budget changes, maybe shopping will feel less like a superhero movie and more like a nice holiday film.
This week I was over budget. I know, hold your shock. But there’s a good reason. It’s not my fault. Thanksgiving is the one to blame! I’m innocent!
We all love Thanksgiving leftovers. It seems that we, collectively as a nation, have decided that Thanksgiving leftovers are almost as good, maybe even better, than the meal itself. My family is no exception. I could not wait to hang out on my couch all day Black Friday, surfing the web for deals, watching Christmas movies, and eating turkeystuffingpotatoes drizzled with gravy.
But by day 5 of the leftovers, I was starting to get mashed potato fatigue. Turkey no longer held the delight it once did. Now it all it held was drowsiness. So when I arrived at Kroger and there were meats galore on sale, it wasn’t my fault that I bought them all. It was the fault of Thanksgiving leftovers. There’s nothing like the memory of endless turkey to convince you that Manager’s Special on Swordfish was a great deal. I was a victim of sale cycles and stuffing.
Before I go on a grocery trip, I do something kind of silly but I swear it works. I stand in front of my fridge (with the door open, obvs) and take a mental picture. So when I get to the store, and I’m tempted to buy 23 onions, I close my eyes and visualize the other 14 onions in my fridge. I imagine the onions calling out to me, begging me to use them in a variety of dishes before I spend more dollars on new onion roommates, who will make the vegetable drawer a crowded and hostile place, all of those onions fighting for the chance to be part of my fajitas.
Ok, that last part was an exaggeration.
But I do take the mental picture and this week my mental picture was various pyrex containers filled with Thanksgiving foodstuffs and one sad pickle, all alone in its jar. So even if it put me back on the over-under-over-under budget roller coaster, I’m glad to be introducing some non turkey day elements back into my fridge.
- Bananas, 2.08 lb-$.70.
- Blueberries, 12 oz (2)-$5. In-store sale.
- Boards Head Pepperoni, .5 lb-$3.33. $1 off original price with a *Digital Coupon* for deli meats!
- Boar’s Head Honey Turkey, .5 lb-$4.55. On sale for $7.99 a lb!
- Boar’s Head Sweet Ham, .25 lb-$2.31.
- Clementines, 3 lb-$3.99.
- Heritage Farm Chicken Breast, 5.64 lb-$10.00. In store sale, $1.77 a pound.
- Johnsonville Sausage, 1 lb (3)-$7.47. *Digital Coupon* for $.80 each, can be used up to 5x.
- Kinder Bueno Bar-$0. Free Friday Download *Digital Coupon*.
- Kroger Milk, .5 gal (2)-$1.98. Two half gallons were 21 cents cheaper than one full gallon.
- Mangoes (2)-$1.98.
- Monterey Jack Cheese-$4.05.
- Pork Back Ribs, 4.25 lb -$7.46. In store sale, $1.99 a pound stacked with a *Digital Coupon* for $1 off Fresh Pork.
- Private Selection Angus Steak, 2.10 lb-$10.48. In-store sale, $4.99 a pound.
- Private Selections Chipotle Salsa-$2.59.
- Private Selection Hawaiian Bread-$1.49. Upside: I had a $.50 off *Digital Coupon*. Downside: literally the only bread left was Hawaiian. Which none of us have ever tried. To new experiences!
- Romaine Lettuce, 1.39 lb-$2.35.
- Roma Tomatoes, .99 lb-$1.28.
- Silk Almond Milk, .5 gal (2)-$5.
- Simple Truth Organic Baby Food Pouches (10)-$11.15. I had a *Digital Coupon* for $.75 off 4.
- Swordfish Steaks, 1.35 lb-$10.13. Manager’s Special!
- Apps I’ll submit to: Fetch Rewards, Ibotta ($.10 Off Any Item), CoinOut
Total Budget: $85
Total Spent: $97.82
Total Saved: $42.16
Deducted From Next Week: $12.82
How long did your Thanksgiving leftover last you? Do you also take mental pictures of your fridge before shopping? Encounter any talking onions? Let me know in the comments!
Kristen B. is wife to the best Prince around, mama to the spunkiest little princesses, and lover of all things Disney. She started her savings journey five years ago and is now dedicated to making her family’s wishes come true one coupon at a time. She is so excited to take her love of saving to the next level and share her journey with you! Click here to catch up on Kristen’s Savings and join in on your own savings adventure!