Grocery Geek Presents: Finances, Illness, and A Few Good Deal

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Looking At Finances
I mentioned earlier that it’s good to take a financial snapshot to know where you are in relationship to your goals. This past week I balanced checking accounts and ran reports on Quicken. To be honest, I was a little nervous, but as it turns out we did okay. We spent less than $600 this month on groceries which is a first. That low number helped offset other high months and so our average so far this year is about $610/month to feed eight, now nine, people, diaper two, now just one, kiddos, and keep us supplied in toilet paper, kleenex, and whatever else I might dig up at CVS.

While I would like to get our monthly grocery expense even lower, I think holding to $600 is probably a good goal, considering we now have three adults in the house, with my brother living with us, and the FishBoys are, well, growing like weeds, as they say. We are currently going through 4-5 gallons of milk per week. Thank goodness it’s only a buck fifty-five per gallon at Costco.

Preparing for Illness – Things to Stock Up On
This past week the stomach flu hit various members of our household. I found myself preparing bland meals, like plain noodles and rice, so that everyone could eat something once they were past their “puke-fest.” How thankful was I that I had stocked up on chicken noodle soup earlier in the summer. It was a nice reprieve from cooking when I’d been cleaning up someone’s prior meal. In my shopping, I avoided good sale items, like grapefruit, until their tummies could handle it. Instead I stuck with yogurt, bread, bananas, applesauce, and apples.

You might want to think about the comfort foods and flu treatments that your family uses and now keep your eyes open for sales. Items to consider:

  • chicken noodle soup
  • applesauce
  • Emergen-C
  • electrolyte beverages, like Pedialyte, Gatorade, or Alacer’s ElectroMix
  • tylenol and advil
  • kleenex
  • saltines
  • cold medicines

A Few Good Deals
Lastly, a glimpse at what I snagged this week. My friend Jessika and I left our 8 children (EIGHT!) home with FishPapa while we cruised CVS by ourselves. (Isn’t he great?) We strolled the aisles and found all sorts of clearance and sale items to match to coupons.

Rice Krispies and Corn Flakes $.77
Aveeno 3 containers for $12
Instant breakfast $1.50
Skittles – free
Advil $2.50/100 ct box
CVS Ibuprofen – free
Energy shot $1.20/2 pk
Crest concentrated polish $.45

How did you do in your grocery shopping this week? Get any great deals?

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  1. You've got a great list there, but take it from someone who's got stomach problems–ginger tea is great! Ginger is naturally calming to the digestive system and it tastes good, too. You just want to let it cool to room temperature.
    Another thing to remember is what the doctor I work for (a pediatrician, btw) tells her patients with tummy viruses: no fruit and no dairy.
    On the one hand, I hope this helps. On the other hand, I hope you all stay healthy!

  2. NO specific deals for me this week but I did only spend $40 (usual $100) this week on groceries thanks to stock piling the months before. Now hubby and I could afford to go on an awesome double date with friends. It was great to get out and even greater to know it was my savings that got us that date night.