Monday, November 04, 2013
2 heads of iceberg lettuce at $1.18 per head - $1.69
1 jar of ranch salad dressing, for $1.39 - $2.59, store brand
4 pounds of carrots for $1.48 per 2 pound bag - $2.5 2 pound bag
a salt and pepper combo pack for $1.27 - couldn't find them on any receipts
2 8-oz packs of cream cheese for $1.29 each - $1.66 this wk on sale Philly!)
10.24 pounds of hamburger for $1.99 per pound - $2.98
5+ pounds of country style pork ribs for a total of $8.83 -$3.99 per pound (baby back) $2.39(chops)
5.49 pounds of split chicken breasts for 99 cents per pound - $2.39 per pound
1 pound of sunflower seed kernels for $2.50 - don't eat them
a head of cabbage for $1.49 -.89 per pound
a jar of chili powder for 64 cents - couldn't find it in a receipt or weekly ad, I think it was about $3 for one of those standard jars
3 pounds of frozen broccoli for 99 cents a pound $1.50 for 15 oz store brand if you buy 2
1 pound of frozen spinach for $1.58 -$1.50 for 10 oz for 2
1 head of garlic for 52 cents - can't find it on a receipt or ad, I think this time of year it's less than $1.00
1 jar of cinnamon for 64 cents - no clue, I have a big jar and haven't bought it for a while
4 cans of tomatoes for 59 cents each - $.99 store brand
8 cans of green beans for 49 cents each $.90 for Green Giant in the ad
10 dozen eggs for $1.29 per dozen $8.33 about $1.68 per dzn
6 pounds of onions at $1.49 per 3 pound bag - $.89 per pound
4 cans of tuna at 69 cents per can - $.89 for store brand
1 box of sucralose (100 packets) for $1.49 - not sure, I've had the same box for a while
1 jar of spicy brown mustard for 99 cents - $2.29 Inglehoffer
1 pound of butter for $2.49 - $3.78 Darigold
This stuff comes to about $103.45 (not counting 5% tax) and this doesn't count sunflower seeds, chili powder, cinnamon, sucralose. For some things a store brand will work, other times not so much- for instance I like the higher end salad dressings if I don't make my own. I can do store brands for canned and frozen veggies. I look at labels on things like the mustard since off brands can sometimes add cheaper ingredients (HFCS) upping the carbs.
I'm frugal but I honestly don't know if I could live on that without having to go to the dark side for fillers. Last week I cooked a turkey: about .69 per pound, 14 pounds ($8.26), I got 4 dinners, 2 lunches and a big pot of soup (1 big carrot, 2 celery, half a bigger onion, 8 oz mushrooms, thyme, sage, s & p). I got tired of turkey!
I'd be hard pressed to get mayo, cream, avocados, the odd fresh tomato, peppers, sausage, cheeses, coffee and a few other things I use a lot of. I would be thinner because I wouldn't be eating as much! Even if I double the allotted amount, my DH can eat that in a week, fortunately he eats 2 weeks worth of meals at work each month and at home he eats what put together which might not always be as much as he'd want or would eat if he could.
This makes me seriously think about my own gluttony and just how lucky I am that for the most part I can prepare and eat what I'd like. But it also makes me realize I could be doing so much better!