Grocery Geek Reporting In

Years ago when I was anticipating our move to one income I came across the book Miserly Moms. What an eye-opener! That was a fundamental book in changing some of my food budget habits. Remember I was spending $250/wk to feed two people!

Author Jonni McCoy’s recommendations include shopping sales and keeping track of prices so that you can identify a real deal. I have never been one to do a good job with maintaining a price book. But, I’ve been blessed with a good memory for numbers. I know my sister-in-law’s zipcode by heart and what the going rate on cheese is. ( I told you I was a little wierd.)

Anyway, these are practices that have served me well. Learning the coupon thing through The Grocery Game and Money Saving Mom has taken it a step further so that we can save even more money on food costs.

So that you can get an idea of my great experiment to reduce our food costs to $400 a month, I thought I’d share the prices. You can see what I consider to be a sale and what we actually eat around here. Remember this is to feed one strong man, one very pregnant woman, four boys: aged 11, 7, 6, and 4, and a toddler girl.

My first outing was to Hen House and Hy-Vee. Hen House is my chi-chi store that I would NEVER shop at if it weren’t for their great sales and double coupons.

For $67 I purchased the following:

10# oranges $.99/#
3 Dole salad $1.50/bag
3# apples $.99/#
1# roma tomatoes $1.19/#
3# grapes $1.49/#
~2# nectarines $1.49/#
~2# bananas $.69/#
2 Bagel-fuls on sale for $1.50 each – $1 coupon = $.50 a box
2 Allen’s frozen vegetables $.88/# – $.35 coupon/doubled = $.18/#
lots of milk marked down$2.92/gallon and $2.60/gallon
3 gogurts $2.00 – $1 coupon = $1/8pack
2 yoplait kids yogurt $2.00 – $1 coupon = $1/6pack
5 cage free brown eggs $1.50/dozen
8 Dannon yogurt $.39 ea
1# shredded cheese $2.76/#
(I also threw in walnuts and whipping cream for fun, totalling $6.39)

My second trip was to Price Chopper where they had some great sales on meat. I spent $72. Yes, that brings my total to $139. But, since I bought enough meat to last a month, I’ll just take that extra off next week’s allowance. (Sorry, no photo, I was just too tired and hungry when I got home.)

I came home with
hamburger buns $1.50
10# boneless, skinless chicken breast for $1.69/#
2 bags sugar 4#/$1.29 ea
3 bags of flour @ 2.29 ea
4 Oscar Mayer Deli Fresh Meats $1.50 – .75 coupon = .75
3 Whole Fryers @ .79/# ea – .55 coupon for each
7.3 # ground beef @1.79/#
dannon active yogurt drinks $2-$1 coupon = $1/4
plus milk, onions, mushrooms, sour cream, butter, and buttermilk

I think that I will be able to stretch this stash for quite awhile, depending on if I get in gear to do some baking. It’s the last thing I want to do, all sweaty and pregnant. But, it would help pinch those pennies a little farther.

This has been Grocery Geek reporting.

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  1. All I can say, honey, is bless your heart for doing such a terrific job at shopping with all those little ones to care for and another on the way. You deserve a standing ovation…and a back rub!

  2. Rebecca says:

    I appreciate your reports. After reading all the great Publix/Kroger deals, I was praying someone would start reporting on KC deals!! I shopped the same stores you did and bought very similiar sale items!! Thanks!!

  3. Mrs. Querido says:

    Ok, so I just have to ask, what is a “chi-chi” store? Everytime I see it written in your blog, I snicker because in Spanish slang, “chi-chis” are referring to *ahem* bosoms…lol! So when you say “chi-chi” store, I know you don’t mean that, unless your checkers show a lot of cleavage…

    Anyway, now that I digressed quite nicely… GOOD JOB! I truly enjoy Grocery Geek Presents 🙂

    Also, thanks for stopping by my blog! Hope to see you there again sometime 🙂


    Mrs. Q

  4. FishMama says:

    Mrs. Q, you crack me up! Here is what it says on

    Ostentatiously stylish; deliberately chic.
    Ostentatious stylishness.

    I was a French major growing up in very latino SoCal, and my favorite restaurant in the entire world is an Italian place, also called ChiChi’s….but in Italian, it means “little bird.” Go figure.

  5. Mrs. Querido says:

    I’m glad I could be amusing…lol:)
    Thanks for clearing up the confusion!

    Mrs. Q

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