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Is your New Year's resolution to save money? Maybe I can help. Here's my weekly shopping list in which I use the grocery ads and coupons to feed my family of 6 for under $60 each week. To learn more about how you can save money at the grocery store read my Grocery Shopping 101 series of posts. This list is specific to Puget Sound area stores and sales.
* with in-ad coupon
**at this price when minimum purchase requirements are met. see store ad for details
*Tillamook 2# cheese $3.99 (limit 1)
*8 Kellogg's cereals $1.59 each (limit 8)-$4 manuf coupons
2 lbs 51-60 ct cooked shrimp $4.99/lb
estimated total $23
*2 4# bags boneless/skinless chicken breasts $1.49/lb (limit 2)
1 lb bag of lemons 99 cents
5 lb bag of grapefruit 99 cents
4 gallons milk $1.99 each
Boneless Beef Round Steak $1.69/lb 28
**5 minute maid cooler 10 packs $1.49
estimated total $35.50
Estimated grand total $58.50
I have plenty of produce still from the last few weeks. If you are running low Saar's Marketplace has the following items on sale. Great Prices!
*1 head cabbage 3lbs/$1
*6# seedless navel oranges 3lbs/$1
*6# apples 2lbs/88 cents
2.5# Broccoli crowns 88 cents/lb
8 Kiwi fruit 8/$2
3 cucumbers 3/$1
estimated total $13.50
This is what we are going to have on the menu using this $60 worth of groceries and the stockpile in my pantry and freezer from previous weeks and months of $60 shopping lists. Remember that one of my New Year's goals is to serve a vegetarian meal once a week (not vegan--yet!) and we have three theme nights per week: Taco Tuesday, Pizza Friday, and Breakfast for dinner on Sundays.
Wednesday-Pasta (leftovers from dinner with grandma and the family on Sunday night) with fresh bread and large apple arugula salad.
Thursday-Rosemary Chicken and mushroom soup with farfalle, tossed salad, artisan bread
Saturday-Home made macaroni and cheese, fruit cups, peas
Sunday-Breakfast for Dinner:buttermilk pancakes, bacon and eggs
Monday-Mongolian BBQ Beef with all the trimmings! (I'll start the sprouts today!)
Tuesday-Taco Tuesday: Bean and Cheese Burritos with Lime Rice and pico de gallo (vegetarian!)