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Analysis of My Grocery Shop and Some Price Checking

I have had company for the past few weeks and now have a little break before more comes. Since I have fed so many people, I needed to get some items that we were out of.

I don’t know about where you live but prices are rapidly changing around here. So I am now price checking again whenever I shop so that I know where the lowest prices are. 

So this morning was one of those trips. I went to Aldi’s and Top’s. 

At Aldi’s I got Clancy BBQ chips(1.79), Clancy Pretzels($1.49), and  Whole Salted Cashews($12.99). These are all snacks that Hubby likes and they will have to last him until the end of August because I am buying no more junk food until September. I purchased the Family Size Wavy Lays Potato Chips for me and to go with sandwiches. They were on sale with store coupon for $ 1.99. The cashews were the cheapest I have found anywhere even at Amazon. They are only $.43 an ounce vs. $ .51 at Amazon.

The hot dog buns($.75) were a great deal at Aldi’s this week. We have sale Sahlen’s hot dogs to use up so I will put these in my freezer until we cook the dogs.

The produce looked fresh at Aldi’s so I picked up celery($1.29), baby carrots($.89) and strawberries($1.29). I also got 2 ears of corn at Top’s for $.30 an ear. I cut up the celery into sticks and use it not only for cooking but for dipping into homemade dill dip for snacks. I use the baby carrots for the same purpose. Hubby loves it and I am trying to get him to stop snacking on so much junk. The corn will be used for dinner tomorrow night. The strawberries are used for smoothies and strawberry shortcake.

I also purchased at Aldi’s the olives($1.19),the Tikka Masala sauce($1.99), and the Cocktail sauce($.95). I have a recipe to make the Tikka Masala sauce. But before I buy all the ingredients to do that, I wanted to make sure that we like it. The olives are a staple in our home and the cocktail sauce will be used for shrimp cocktails one night for dinner. We have a 1/2 lb. of colossal shrimp left from one of our company dinners. When I serve this, we just have a small side salad with it.

At Top’s I also purchased 4 – 12 packs of Diet Coke(not pictured) for Hubby. It was on sale B2G2F and I needed it along with other things to get to the $20. purchase in order to be able to use the store coupons. I got a dozen large eggs($.99) with store coupon, 1 sour cream($1.49), 1 gallon of whole milk( $1.59) with store cpn., 1 plain yogurt($ 2.49), 8 Hunt’s Pasta Sauces(only 4 pictured- $ .88 each wyb 8), garlic salt($1.25), and 1 Crest Pro-Health toothpaste($.99 after mfr. cpn).

I stockpile cheap eggs for 6 weeks since I make a big family breakfast almost every Sunday. The sour cream is to make my dill dip. The whole milk and plain yogurt(starter) are for making my homemade yogurt. The pasta sauce I use as the base for my homemade spaghetti sauce which I doctor adding lots of other things. It is cheaper than buying tomato sauce here. I made a big pot last week when my granddaughter was visiting. It is pictured above and is loaded with 2 lbs. of homemade meatballs. We are getting low on stockpiled toothpaste so I picked this one up cheap. 

I believe all of the prices at each place were the cheapest except the plain yogurt. That might have been cheaper at Aldi’s. I forgot to price check it.

The next time, I will check these prices at our Super Walmart. 

When I shop I try to conserve on gasoline since it is so expensive here. Right now I have a discount of $.60 off a gallon but I still have 107 miles in the tank. After we do some appointments this week and next the car will be pretty much empty and I will fill up with the discount.

I am lucky that I have Top’s, Aldi’s and Super Walmart all within 4 miles of my home. So if I shop in a circle it doesn’t cost me too many dollars for gasoline.

While I have been enjoying my summer, I have been brainstorming blog post ideas for the Fall. A couple of my readers have kept in touch with me and have given me a great idea that I can expand on. So I will be back then for sure. But I will also pop in when time permits. I hope you are all having a wonderful summer!  

8 replies on “Analysis of My Grocery Shop and Some Price Checking”

Hi Liz, this is Chris. Yes, I have noticed prices are changing here also. So far, not a lot on groceries, but gas has gone up quite a bit. I am mostly still buying loss leaders and in-season produce to help keep costs down. Hubby wanted to try to make a brisket and some jerky on his smoker, but waited until Aldi had them on sale one week to try.

We have had a nice summer also. This week Hubby has the week off and we are doing some stay-cation type things. I am looking forward to tomorrow b/c we are going to a factory tour of a local candy business. 😀

I can't wait to hear what your good idea is.

Hi Chris,

When the gas goes up. our prices do to. Briskets have gotten expensive. I was just talking with a neighbor last night and she was telling me that briskets have gone up. We are going to a huge party at her home and she always smokes briskets and pork butts. I look forward to this party every year.

Enjoy your staycation with Hubby and especially the candy factory.

It would be nice if one store had the best and lowest price on everything but that’s not true where I shop either.
Funny about those Clancy barbecue chips, they are $1.09 here.
But I was shocked to see Aldi butter had gone up to $5.76 a pound! Thankfully we didn’t need any but I am sure going to be watching what that price does. It was previously $2.99

I have done almost no coupon shopping in 2018 but I’ve been finding I happy to start to restock and it’s just fun.

Like you, blogging has been on the back burner but I plan to do more of it. I miss reading and chatting with like minded blogging friends like you.

Hi Rhonda,

Aldi's prices are different depending on what area you live in. I have seen many people posting lower Aldi's prices. We live in the area of the second largest city in New York state. Our prices are higher on lots of things. YIKES on the butter! I have no idea what it is here because I purchased about 30. lbs. at rock bottom near Thanksgiving. That should last us until the holiday this year.But the next time I go I will look.

I find not too many coupons to use any more except when I need HBA, personal care, or cleaning products.The extreme couponing show screwed us all on the coupons. I do use some of the super coupons at Top's and some at BJ's.

Enjoy that restocking. It is fun!

I miss you and reading your blog too Rhonda! I believe we all learn from each other.

Since Walmart quit price-matching, I find fewer rock bottom prices. Well, I find the low prices but they are too far to drive. I have about a 6 mile loop to shop in all the stores. However, I don't always stop in all of them. Gas prices have dropped a lot in the last week. I am in north Alabama.

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