Here are my grocery shopping recommendations for this week:
- Heritage Farm Whole Fryers. At $0.69/lb, I’ll be stocking up on 4 or 5 of these and stashing them in our chest freezer. Whole chickens used to make me nervous, but I promise there are so many easy ways to use them! I still like to buy boneless skinless chicken breasts when they’re on sale, but a whole chicken can go so much farther and is much more affordable – I’ll share a couple of my favorite ways to use them on Monday. So… if you trust me (or you don’t, but you’re feeling recklessly thrifty), definitely put at least one in your cart. 😉
- Mangoes. Not the most economical fruit you can buy, but Will loves mangoes and 2 for $1 is a pretty good price in these parts. I consider this sort of thing a splurge, but since I plan to buy fresh fruit every week anyway, I’ll happily spend a dollar or two on mangoes as a treat instead of traditional snacking foods (they can be a big budget-buster, as much as I love Cheese-Its).
- Comforts Baby Food Pouches. I like to have a few of these in the diaper bag for emergency snacks for Beatrice, and $0.59/each is the lowest I’ve ever seen them for. If you use Kroger’s digital coupons (which, if you shop at Kroger, you totally should!), you can clip their “Save $1 when you buy 5 Comforts for Baby Food Purees” coupon through Saturday, and you’ll be able to buy 5 pouches for a total cost of $1.95. Not bad.
- Kroger Cream Cheese. One 8oz package is on sale for $1 this week, but if you clip the $0.50-off digital coupon (rhetorical suggestion), you can get it for $0.50. If you eat bagels, are making a dip this weekend, or feel like baking a cheesecake – score. 🙂
- Silk Almond/Soy/Coconut/Cashew Milk. On sale for $2.50 per half gallon, but if you have a digital coupon for $1-off hanging around, you can get it for $1.50. Charlie still can’t handle dairy, so we buy this sort of thing. *sigh* If, like me, you cannot eat cream-cheese-slathered bagels or cheesecakes at present, this deal is probably for you.
Sprouts Farmer’s Market
- Yellow Onions. 3 pounds of onions for $1. Enough said.
- Organic Kale. Kale is great for salads or soups, and this week several varieties are on sale for $1/bunch, including Lacinato and Red Russian. You can find an especially delicious recipe for the Lacinato variety here. 🙂
- Avocados. If you’re cooking Mexican food this week, introducing a baby to new foods, or just love avocados (do you really need another excuse?), they’re 3 for $1 this week.
- Jumbo Cantaloupes. A good budget fruit, since you can get a lot of mileage out of one melon, and this week they’re $1 each. (You can get them for the same price at Kroger this week as well).
- All-Natural Sprouts Chicken or Pork Sausage. Made fresh daily, and $2.50/lb this week (I like to buy a pack of their andouille when it goes on sale and freeze it for making Slow Cooker Creole Chicken and Sausage in a pinch).
- Greek Gods Greek Yogurt. My absolute favorite yogurt – so creamy and delicious, and eaten with fresh strawberries it’s better than ice cream! On sale for $2.99, and if you download the Sprouts app and clip the mobile coupon you can get an additional $0.50 off. Try the honey flavor. “It’s the beeest.”
I couldn’t resist. ;D
- WEEKEND SALE: If you’re at Sprouts this weekend, you might like to pick up some of Sprouts’ Thick-Sliced, Smoked Bacon for $2.99/lb.
- EXTRA CREDIT COUPONING: While you’re clipping that Greek Gods coupon, you’ll notice there’s a coupon for $5 off your total purchase when you spend $30. Clip it! Of course, don’t buy a bunch of food you don’t need to hit $30, but if there’s anything you need to stock up on, go for it! There’s also a coupon for a free 7oz bag of PopCorners chips. 🙂
- Tomatoes On The Vine. $1.49 for a 24oz package is a pretty good price.
- Bell Peppers. This week it’s $1.99 for a 3-pack of the red, yellow, and orange ones, if you plan on cooking a stir fry, fajitas, bratwurst, etc.
- Cucumbers. $0.25 each, and I’ve been really enjoying them on salads and in water lately. If you want to grab a bag of lemons while you’re at it (usually Aldi has the best deal on them), I’ll share more about the water next week. 🙂
- Cilantro. $0.49 for a bunch (it’s usually this price at Sprouts as well).
- Red Onions. If you happen to need them, you can get a 2lb bag for only $0.99 this week.
- Parkview Bratwurst or Italian Sausage. $1.99 for a 19oz package, which you’ll notice is cheaper than Sprouts. They don’t carry Andouille, but if you want to buy Italian sausage and don’t mind Aldi’s brands, I’d buy it here (if I don’t plan to use it this week, I’ll still buy a pack and freeze it, because I generally cook with Italian sausage at least once or twice a month).
- BONUS ITEM: Crofton Fridge Organizing Trays and Mesh Kitchen Cabinet Organizers are on sale for $4.99 each. I’ve been meaning to get a bin for cheese and deli meats to put in our fridge, and these are about 1/3 of the price of the ones at Bed Bath and Beyond. Co-incidentally, if you happen to be following along with Clean & Scentsible’s 2017 Home Organization Diet, this month’s focus is Cleaning and Organizing the Kitchen. If you find you need some trays or organizers, maybe you’d like to check these out. 🙂
I don’t recommend Food Lion as your Grocery Shopping Headquarters because Kroger generally has better prices overall, but if you shop here regularly or it’s not out of your way, this week they have two MVP sales on meat that are worth mentioning:
- 80% Lean Fresh Ground Chuck. $2.49/lb is a great price for this grade of ground beef, and if you add your MVP card to the Ibotta app, you’ll get a $0.25 rebate. (Not exactly a windfall, but over the course of a month, those quarters add up). 🙂
- Chicken Leg Quarters. These are on sale for $0.49/lb, so the 10lb bag they come in will only cost you $5. There are a lot of delicious things you can do with leg quarters, so you might want to buy a bag – you can always cook a few now and freeze some for later. 🙂
For everything else… there’s Kroger, Sprouts, and Aldi. Their prices beat all the rest of Food Lion’s deals. (Sorry, Food Lion).
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As I mentioned before, this is obviously not a comprehensive shopping list, but if you can work any of these items into your meal planning this week, you’ll have a head start on saving some money on groceries. 🙂 Based on the ingredients above, here are a few ideas you might consider:
- Bratwurst with Peppers and Onions
- Roast Chicken with Kale Salad
- A Large Tossed Salad with Leftover Roast Chicken (Top with fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, and a light vinaigrette)
- Italian Stuffed Bell Peppers (Using your Italian sausage for the meat)
- Mexican Night (Cilantro, tomatoes, red onions, and avocados are just asking you to load up some tacos or mix up a batch of fresh guacamole. If you need limes, Sprouts usually has a good deal on them).
If you feel stumped, Pinterest is a great resource – just type in an ingredient or two and the word “recipe” and see what comes up. 🙂 If you want to just browse for something that catches your eye, you can find a bunch of my favorite recipes here.
Please Note: All sales mentioned in this post are current for the Nashville, TN area, and the pricing I list will probably be far more consistent with your local stores if you live in the southeastern United States. Produce, in particular, can be priced very differently depending on the part of the country you call home. If in doubt, check your local sales flyer online. This list is by no means comprehensive, but hopefully these suggestions will make shopping on a budget less overwhelming and time-consuming if you live in Nashville or Middle Tennessee, and even if you live further afield I hope this concept provides some budget shopping inspiration and helps you get started. 🙂