Friday, April 2, 2010

The Shopping Trip

The days we do our big shopping trips are very eventful days! This takes a lot of planning and a lot of work as a family team! The two main places that I shop at monthly are Aldi and Sam's Club. Both places don't bag your groceries, thus the added work. Still, it's well worth the extra labor. Many dollars and cents are saved by doing this on our own. Now the nearest Aldi and Sam's club is about a 35-40 drive from our place. This is another reason for us to only go monthly! We also sometimes hit another store or two on the way back home. The whole trip, all in all, takes us about 3-4 hours. I believe though if I were to shop weekly, much more time would be spent, along with gas and wear and tear on our vehicle.

Okay, so here is what we have spent so far on groceries for the month of April:

Food Lion
2 whole chickens
pork ribs
ground chuck
super sized box of diapers
Total: $38.92

Nightime sleep pants
egg noodles
Total: $15.61

slivered almonds (for granola)
coconut (for granola)
3# apples (to dehydrate to put in granola)
Total: $9.27

Sam's Club

toilet paper
8 gallons milk
2 gallons orange juice
#10 can vanilla pudding
grated parmesan cheese
sea salt
6# tortilla chips
Nacho cheese sauce
10lb. chopped ham
10lb. shredded cheddar cheese
10lb. shredded mozzerella cheese
120ct. sliced cheese
string cheese
mixed frozen fruit
frozen strawberries
frozen blueberries
3# Hillshire Farms smoked sausage
spiral cut ham (Easter)
frozen yeast rolls
5# honey
5# sour cream

Total: $212.64

Aldi (I got multiples of most everything but did not bother to count how many of each to list)

boxes strawberry gelatin
boxes orange gelatin
large pitted olives
hot dogs
bulk sausage (their sausage is similiar to Jimmy Dean's!)
canned tuna
tomato paste
all purpose flour
self rising flour
canned fruit salad
canned mushrooms
cooking spray
pitted prunes
saltine crackers
cottage cheese
canola oil
graham crackers
sliced pepperoni
white vinegar
brown sugar
white sugar
Nacho chips
chocolate chips
dried mixed berries
pancake syrup
sandwich meat
hot dog buns
kitchen bags

Total: $137.97

Grand total so far for the month: $414.41

Projected to buy for the rest of the month: a small order from Walmart, milk, a few produce stand runs, and some hash from our local bbq place.

1 comment:

Dana said...

That is amazing!! 414.xx for the entire month with your families size is just amazing!!

I HAVE to do better at this I just HAVE to, even with coupons we are spending way to much I am really going to make this a priority!!

Thanks for the inspiration!!

Now I am off to read your menu for the month!!