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This week was a produce only week for our house.  Instead of big shopping trips, I am forcing my children out of their food ruts so that we can eat some of the food in our pantry that no one was touching.

I grabbed some produce at Kroger and some at a local produce stand right up the road.  All in all we got:

1 Cantaloupe
2 lbs of Plums
1 lb of Peaches
Bagged Spinach
All the okra that the little produce stand had (probably 4-5 lbs)
1 bag of Apples
3 lbs of Strawberries

It might sound like a lot, but as I type there is only 1 apple remaining.  I guess the okra is still here too, but it’s put up in the freezer already battered for my all time favorite fried okra.

Total for everything was around $20.

How did you do this week?  Leave a link to your shopping trip or a comment (links to pages other than savings posts will be deleted).

    • mary elizabeth

      hi jenny,

      My husband and i are in Durham NC and he just started Weight Watchers – he LOVES that fruit has zero points, but it means we go through fruit like crazy – seriously, 5-6 lbs of peaches in 3 days recently. Can you help me figure out where to get fruit cheaply? I watch for deals from HT, Kroger, etc…but they’re up and down. Haven’t found any cheap fruit stands around. My grocery budget was over by $75 this month b/c of fruit! Please help! Where did you get these fruit deals?

      Mary Elizabeth

      • Tori_rn

        have you tried Aldi’s in Cary – its if off Maynard – and their prices are a lot cheaper. Also you may have some luck a tthe farmers market – esp for apples as the season is coming up.  i live in Durham too and Aldi’s is def a great place to try! Good luck!

        • mary elizabeth

          Tori -thanks for the tip! I love Aldi, but it’s a good 25 minutes from me. I really wish there was one in Durham! Went to the farmer’s market recently and did well with peaches but everything else was pretty high. I’ll try them again soon! 

      • Sue

        I found some hang tags on wine in HT that was $2 off of 2 lbs of apples, no wine purchase required.  That should score some free or close to free apples for you!

        • mary elizabeth

          wow thanks! i’ll have to check that out!

    • Anonymous

      Perfect trip to CVS:
      Olay Regenerist eye cream          18.99
      Olay Regenerist wrinkle cream      24.99
      Olay Body wash                            5.49
      Olay cleanser                               6.49
      Secret deodorant                          3.29

      Total:  59.24
      OOP after coupons  37.10
      Got 8 ECBs, 5 ECB for Beauty club and after $20 rebate by total cost is $4.10.

    • Anonymous

      Yum — loving the cheap okra at the farmers market lately. Here’s a new way to try them: toss with veg oil, lightly coat with curry powder and salt, then throw on the grill until charred on edges. Eat straight off the grill or toss with diced tomatoes and chopped cilantro. =]

    • CVS: aluminum water bottle, Pet milk, St. Joseph aspirin, 2 oral-b floss, orbit gum, 2 Osteo-Bi-Flex 40 count. Spent $5 extra bucks from last week, making the total $9.72. Saved 47.57 and still have $4 extra bucks for next week!
      Rite Aid: 2 Gillette body washes, 1 Gillette Fusion Proglide Razor, Aussie 3 minute miracle. Spent: 8.37, saved $14.49 and still have $1 reward to spend!
      Bi-Lo: Sara Lee bread, apple corer, x-14 toilet cleaner. Spent $3.47, saved $3.79.
      Walmart: Cascade 3 pack. Spent $0.04, saved $1.
      Totals: Before coupons $88.45, spent $21.60, saved $66.85
      Saved 76%!! 

      • AHH! I forgot to add I went back to Bi-Lo bought 2 packages of Chinet plates. Spent $1.23, saved $5.50.
        Real totals: Before coupons $95.18, spent $22.83, saved 72.35.
        Still 76% savings. 

      • Kat Moody

        Where do you find these Cascade 3 packs in Walmart? I never have any luck….:(

        • At my Walmart (which I will no longer shop at) they were in a cardboard box beside the bigger packs and also in a display on the side of the endcap of the same aisle. 

    • Anonymous

      Would you be willing to share your fried okra recipe?  The only time I have it is at Cracker Barrel and I’d love to try to make my own!

      • Leslie

        Fried Okra

        Recipe courtesy Paula Deen

        Prep Time:15 minInactive Prep Time: — Cook Time:5 min
        Serves:6 to 8 servings


        6 cups oil, for frying1/2 cup cornmeal1 cup all-purpose flour2 teaspoons House Seasoning, recipe follows1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper2 pounds fresh okra, sliced 1/2-inch thick1/2 cup buttermilk


        Heat oil in a large, heavy-bottomed skillet or Dutch oven to 350 degrees F. (You may not need to use this much oil; do not fill the pan more than halfway up the sides with oil.)
        In a medium bowl, combine cornmeal, flour, House Seasoning, and cayenne pepper. Dip okra in buttermilk and then dredge
        in cornmeal-flour mixture to coat well. Carefully add okra to the hot
        oil and cook until golden brown. (It may be necessary to fry the okra in
        batches.) Remove from oil, drain on paper towels, and then serve

        House Seasoning:

        1 cup salt
        1/4 cup black pepper
        1/4 cup garlic powder
        Mix ingredients together and store in an airtight container for up to 6 months.

        Copyright 2011 Television Food Network G.P.

    • Anonymous

       did great at publix spent 49.98 before tax and saved 135.00

    • Anw21083

      I did great at Publix this week. I spent before tax $28.69 & saved $54.79!!! That included 4 boxes of pancakes, 2 bags of chex mix, 2 bags of bugels & Breyers ice cream! My kids are spoiled from all the snacks we’ve had in our house over the summer.