Grocery Shopping Trips

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on December 1, 2008

Yep…2 trips today…to 3 different stores! In the snow. With the kids. Oh boy!

Why??!!?? Well, I had a $10 gift card to Meijer that I wanted to use to get some produce. They had a decent amount of produce on sale, so I stopped in while we were already in the area (there are 2 Meijers about 20 minutes from my house…too far to go there regularly!). And I needed to drop into Trader Joes to grab a few things for the boys, mainly Rice Milk. Thankfully, TJs is right near Meijers!

Can you spot the red 40% off “quick sale” sticker…paid “summer time” price for that watermelon :) The super expensive GF bread is hiding in the back…I want to make French Toast Casserole (similar to this one) for the boys for breakfast to see how it turns out, and if they like it! The bread seems hard, but soaking it the egg/rice milk mixture might help…one of my many GF experiments! Anyone with more GF experience…chime in :)

Total from Meijer $.95 after Gift Card
Total from Trader Joes $11.46

Later I stopped by Kroger for the essentials…

Highlights from Kroger…$.49 Cottonelle, $1.50 bag organic frozen corn, $1.75 1 lb. ground sirloin (Manager’s Special – $.75 Shortcuts.com “ecoupon”) to be used for 2 meals this week, $5 Coconut Oil (reg. $9), 4 packages of Tyson chicken breast/tenderloins at 1.77/lb, all produce on sale, and Kroger brand salsa for $.50 (on sale $1 – $.50 Shortcuts.com “ecoupon”)

Total spent $45.45
Total saved $33.40 (42%)

Total for the week…$57.86

I have been really nervous about how being on budget with starting on the GF diet. It has been a challenge, but I do believe that baking their snacks has made a big difference in helping keep costs low. Thankfully, the GF baking supplies have been on sale at Kroger, so I’m all stocked up and should be good to go for a while :) It helped me know when the sale would expire…so I could buy one package of the GF mix each week and not run over my weekly budget! Yeah for saving and stockpiling!

AND…it’s December 1st which means there are LOTS of new on the coupons.com widget in my sidebar. So…get to printing, as once they’ve reached their max print limit they will “disappear”. Even if you think you might buy the product at the end of the month or even in early January…now’s the time to print!

I’m off to eat Thai food with Hubs…hoping the spices will help clear my head!

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{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Anonymous December 1, 2008 at 6:23 pm

I’m not seeming to find the “coupon widget” – what side should it be on? Top – middle – bottom? thanks!

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Betty and Boo's Mommy December 1, 2008 at 6:37 pm

My son was on the GFCF for more than two years, and I remember my MIL making a very similar casserole for him with the bread one Christmas. From what I recall, he liked it.

Love your blog!

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Betty and Boo's Mommy December 1, 2008 at 6:37 pm

My son was on the GFCF for more than two years, and I remember my MIL making a very similar casserole for him with the bread one Christmas. From what I recall, he liked it. BR/BR/Love your blog!

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FromThe Creek December 1, 2008 at 7:11 pm

My son is also GF and I have found that making the Bob’s Red Mill Homemade Wonderful Bread mix is the best. But leave the vinegar out it actually stunts the yeast…do that with many GF recipes that call for vinegar and yeast. My son loves this bread and I can find it on sale most of the time at Kroger. The other stuff is only good for toast…too hard!

Christy

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Org Junkie December 1, 2008 at 9:38 pm

My middle son (9) is allergic to dairy, gluten, soy, eggs, fish and nuts and has been since birth. I’m pretty good at making things for him from scratch but any way I look at it it is still so expensive. I live in the middle of nowhere though way up in northern Canada so I have to pay to have most things shipped in. I envy those that have more selection right in their very own grocery stores.

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4ddintx December 2, 2008 at 9:57 pm

My family has been GF for about 6 years now–at the time we had 3 children, but now have 6, so that’s 8 people eating GF at home (hubby eats what he wants at work).

Some money saving hints that have helped me–buy tapioca starch and potato starch at the local oriental store. They are closer to $1 per pound than to $3 for the stuff at the health food store.

We buy rice flour in bulk on-line or get my health food store to order us a bulk bag. $1 per pound is so much better than the price of the little bags.

We don’t use the mixes because it’s not cost effective for so many of us. There are lots of good bread recipes out there, especially if you have a bread machine (That is really clean and only used for GF stuff).

We order a fair amount from Amazon.com or from vitacost.com. They have amazing deals on GF stuff. It costs a lot up front, but once you get started, you rotate it through your budget. The stuff at Amazon (pasta, crackers, mixes, cereal) is eligible for free shipping, but you have to buy a whole case.

We use a lot of corn tortillas. They are great lunches for wraps, quesadillas, pizzadillas (cheese, tomato sauce, pepperoni), and can even be cut in strips and used as a noodle substitute in lasagna.

Hope these ideas help someone else not break the bank, but keep their family healthy!

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4ddintx December 2, 2008 at 9:58 pm

PS. We don’t have a Trader Joes nearby and most of our grocery stores don’t sell much GF stuff.

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$5 Dinner Mom December 3, 2008 at 7:51 pm

Thanks for all the tips everyone! I appreciate you sharing your experiences and your tricks :)

Erin

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