Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Grocery Haul: August 15 - 21

My grocery haul this week is on the larger side. Harris Teeter was having a triple coupon week, tripling all coupons up to $.99. I snagged some great deals on things to beef up our pantry. We wanted to have most of our budget to spend at Harris Teeter, so the only other place we went (besides our CSA) was Penzey's to take advantage of a great coupon offer they had. Check out what we got!

Harris Teeter ($50.79)
Kraft Caesar Dressing 16 oz - $1.98 ($0.12/oz)
(2) Arm & Hammer Baking Soda 8 oz ea - $0.14 ea ($0.02/oz)
          regular price: $0.89 ea
Skippy Peanut Butter 16 oz - $1.20
          regular price: $2.85
(5) Skippy Peanut Butter Singles 9oz - $0.35 ea ($0.04/oz)
         regular price: $2.89 ea
(2) Dole Mandarin Oranges in 100% Fruit Juice 23.5 oz ea - $1.64 ea ($0.07/oz)
          regular price: $3.89 ea
French's Spicy Brown Mustard 12 oz - $0.69 ($0.06/oz)
          regular price: $2.19
French's Worcestershire Sauce 10 oz - $0.69 ($0.07/oz)
          regular price: $1.59
(2) Harris Teeter Stewed Tomatoes - 14.5 oz - $0.60 ea ($0.04/oz)
          regular price: $0.79 ea
(2) Harris Teeter Diced Tomatoes w/ Green Chiles 14.5 oz - $0.60 ea ($0.04/oz)
          regular price: $0.79 ea
Harris Teeter Kidney Beans 15 oz - $0.60 ea ($0.04/oz)
          regular price: $0.79 ea
(3) Harris Teeter Canned Corn 14.5 oz - $0.60 ea ($0.04/oz)
          regular price: $0.79 ea
(2) Barilla Pasta Sauce 24 oz - $0.24 ($0.01/oz)
          regular price: $2.49 ea
Ghirardelli Bittersweet Chocolate Chips 10 oz - $3.79 ($0.38/oz)
Angus Stew Beef 1.08 lb - $4.53 ($4.16/lb)
          regular price: $5.99/lb
(2) Blackberries 6 oz - $1.97 ea ($0.33/oz)
(2) White Mushrooms 8 oz - $0.99 ea ($1.98/lb)
Harris Teeter Hot Dog Buns 8ct - $1.17
(4) Challenge European Style Butter 8 oz - $.74 ea ($1.48/lb)
          regular price: $2.99 ea
Harris Teeter Monterey Jack Cheese 16 oz - $4.49 ($4.49/lb)
Harris Teeter Lite Sour Cream 24 oz - $1.77 ($0.07/oz)
          regular price: $2.99
Harris Teeter 2% Milk 1 gallon - $3.89 ($3.89/gal)
(2) Butterball Turkey Bacon 12 oz - $1.32 ea ($0.11/oz)
         regular price: $3.29 ea
Harris Teeter Flour Tortillas 10ct - $1.99
Harris Teeter Corn Tortillas - $1.49

I saved a total of $39.72 this week at Harris Teeter!

Penzey's ($5.95)
A word on Penzey's: I don't remember how I first heard about this specialty spice store but it has been life changing! Their spices are extremely high quality and very fresh. They have a huge selection of products, including many that you can't find in the regular grocery store. They even have something like twelve different types of cinnamon! They have brick and mortar stores across the country and they are also online. We are lucky enough to live just a few minutes away from one of their stores and it is so much fun to just go in and browse. If you visit them in person, they have jars with every product so you can smell before you buy. But probably the best part about Penzey's is their amazing coupons! If you sign up for their email list, they will send you lots of coupons, sometimes one every week. Many of their coupons require you to spend a small amount (usually $3 or $5) to get a free product, but they also have lots of coupons for free jars of spices with no purchase required! This might not be as good a deal if you don't live near a brick and mortar location because you'd still have to pay shipping, but if you can get to a store in person you can really build up your spice collection without spending much! Here's what we got there this week:

1/4 cup jar of Brady Street Cheese Sprinkle - $5.95
1/4 cup jar of Cilantro - FREE
1/4 cup jar of Minced Garlic - FREE
1/2 cup jar of Salsa & Pico Seasoning - FREE (This is a really fun blend that you add to fresh or canned tomatoes for instant salsa! I also use this to season my taco pie.)

And here are the weights/amounts of everything we got from the CSA this week, I'm tracking this so I can do an analysis at the end of the season to see if it's worth it to sign up again next year or if we should just stick with the farmer's market.

4 Kirby cucumbers - 1 lb, 5 oz
4 Afghan eggplants - 13 oz
6 ears sweet corn - 5 lbs
1 green bell pepper - 7 oz
2 zucchini - 1 lb, 2 oz
5 necatrines - 1 lb, 12 oz
3 peaches - 1 lb, 2 oz
1 heirloom tomato - 1 lb
3 tomatoes - 1 lb, 11 oz
4 Zestar apples - 1 lb, 8 oz
1 pint blueberries - 12 oz
1 head romaine lettuce - 1 lb, 6 oz

Total: 17 lb, 4 oz. So that's about $1.68/lb on average.

That's it for this week's haul. Stay tuned for our meal plan for this week!

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