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.

  • 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.
  • 1 pint Raspberries, on sale for $3 for 2.
  • Dreyer's ice cream, on sale for $2.99.
  • 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!