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Friday Finals 3/30

on 3.30.2012 at 10:22pm
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This week we decided to finish the month with a grocery budget surplus and eat from the pantry.  This was a tad bit of a challenge after losing most of our frozen stockpile a few weeks ago, but I was game for it.  I actually think our kids love these weeks, because meals get a little interesting.

Our favorite meal hands down this week was nachos.  We took canned kidney beans and made our own refried beans, and then added hamburger meat and taco seasoning (a great seasoning to have premixed in large batches yourself).  I was intending to make burritos out of all of it until I realized that I only had flour burritos which my husband can’t eat… so I turned to the bag of corn tortilla chips that had been in the pantry for ages (I feel like you earn double points during clean out the pantry weeks when you get rid of old pantry items).  I can’t tell you the last time my kids ate dinner with out a “you must eat at least 3 bites”… it was wonderful, so much so that nachos will probably be added to list of regular meals!

I plan to start April off kinda big budget wise, which was part of the skimping this week.  We are planning a meal for a large group next weekend of low country boil (not the cheapest meal) and have Easter dinner.

How did you do this week with your savings (or just being frugal).  Leave a comment or a link to your savings post.



    • Shannon729

      What a great idea for dinner!  We love Mexican dinners.  How do you make your own taco seasoning?

      • Kylie

        Here is the recipe that I use, but I usually quadruple it and store it in jelly jars.

        INGREDIENTS:
        1 tablespoon chili powder
        1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
        1/4 teaspoon onion powder
        Pinch of cayenne pepper
        1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
        1/2 teaspoon paprika
        1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
        1 teaspoon table salt
        1/2 teaspoon black pepperDIRECTIONS:Mix all spices together until well combined. Use immediately or store in an airtight container in your spice cabinet and use as needed.

    • mommyof1

        Went to Publix today (the only shopping trip so far this week..)  Spent $17 and saved $13.. way under budget!  decided to eat from our pantry and freezer stock as i spent over budget for the past 2 weeks!   It was nice and relaxing to not have to make a shopping list or worry about coupons for this week though! =)

    • CrazyMomOf11

      I went to Publix this week and this what I got:
      4 Wishbone dressings,
      2 Hellman’s mayo’s,
      2 Ragu pasta sauces,
      1 Reynolds Wrap.
      I saved $31.02, I only paid 1.65 before tax!!!

    • Lknow68

      I went to Publix and spent $39.17 and saved $105.42I I got:

      2 reynolds wrap
      2 bags bread flour
      2 bags sugar
      3 pkg birds eye steam fresh veggies
      2 Alexia frozen rolls
      2 cans french’s onions
      2 pkgs chicken breast
      2 pkg starburst jelly beans
      2 pkg reeses pb eggs
      2 Ragu spag sauce
      2 cans comstock pie filling
      1 can coconut milk
      2 jars jif pb
      2 jars hellmans mayo
      1 16lb kingsford charcoal
      2 cans planters nuts
      2 free ocean spray juices
      1 free kraft fresh take

    • Bevo318

      Did you know you can keep bags if unopened chips in the freezer and they won’t go rancid!

      • darbe

        i didn’t know that, great in florida cuz chips here tend to go stale quickly!

      • Raejohnston

        Chips have never lasted longer than 3 days in our home :)

    • Melinda

      Publix shopping trip included:
      4 bags of pedigree dog food 4.4lb bags
      4 bags of pedigree dentastix
      1 Hop dvd
      4 packs trident gum
      1 carrots
      3 apples
      grapes
      1 bag of hearts romaine
      2 packs zephyrhills water
      2 ocean spray cran grape
      2 ocean spray cherry
      7 silk chocolate milk 8oz.
      2 renuzit air freshners

      Spent about 27 dollars and saved over $85.
      Had 4 coupons for all dog food FREE & 4 coupons for dentastix FREE

    • I REALLY wish there was a Publix near me. :( Ah well. Gotta work with what we have!

      The low country boil sounds delicious! We had one ages ago and I’ve been buying items for the next whenever they’re on sale. (A pound of shrimp at a time helps spread out the pain. Of course, I couldn’t resist the 21-25 ct. shrimp when they were on sale for $4.99 lb!) 

      The stinky part is that we love crab legs, and I just haven’t seen a good price on those in a long while. Whenever they do go on sale you’d better believe we’re going to stock up!

    • Susan

      I had a terrible experience at Publix this afternoon — tried to buy (among lots of other things) 4 loaves of the Pepperidge Farm bread at 1.99 with a .40 Q that doubled to .80.  They would only let me use one Q saying the fine print said only one per purchase.  I tried to say I was purchasing 4 and therefore using 4 coupons, but no go.  Same thing happened with my cake mixes — .88 cents on sale with a .35 Q, tried to buy 3 and they would only let me use 1 Q.  Then I realized I had picked up the wrong Kraft cheese, paying $4-something when should’ve been $2.  I was too discombobulated at that point to switch them. Course that was my fault, but still the trip felt like an utter failure.  

      • darbe

        did you try to talk to the manager before you left? you can always go back another time when your not so frustrated and ask at customer service, maybe that cashier was just confused

    • tammy

      What is a “low country boil”?  I have never heard of this and I’m curious.