I have always found it fascinating that there are couponers who manage to feed a family of four or five on $40 a week. My husband and I typically spend $100 on the two of us per week when we don't buy our food based on sales. This month, we decided to lower our grocery spending to $50 a week; compared to others, this sounded like it should be pretty easy. Turns out I was wrong! Even after planning meals around the sales, and shopping at three stores, I still managed to overspend both last week and this week. (And I even forgot to count the $8 we spent at the local farmer's market.) I guess this will take some practice. I thought it would be fun to share the best deals that I find with all of you in case you are also tightening your budget. I don't necessarily enjoy having to go to three stores every week, but the deals that are to be had can be pretty great. So here are the steals for this week.

SuperTarget
  • Ziploc Evolve Sandwich Bags: on sale for $1.77. Use this Target $1 Ziploc internet coupon and a $0.40 newspaper coupon (final price $0.37), a $1 off 2 newspaper coupon (final price $0.27 each), or a $0.55 internet coupon (final price $0.22) for some super cheap Ziplocs. I stocked up and got 7 boxes.
  • 1 lb strawberries, on sale for $1.99. Use this Target $1 internet coupon to get a pound of strawberries for $0.99! We'll probably eat ours quickly and go back to get more later in the week.
Randalls
  • 1 pint Raspberries, on sale for $3 for 2.
  • Dreyer's ice cream, on sale for $2.99.
HEB
  • 1 gallon HCF Milk, on sale for $2.50.
  • 1 lb California peaches, on sale for $0.99.
I guess now I see why I had trouble sticking to the budget - not too many good sales! I wasn't a fan of any of the meat sales, either, so we just got some chicken at HEB and will use meat from the freezer. Hopefully next week will be better!