$60 Weekly Grocery Challenge – Spent $64.25 for $131.78 Worth of Groceries at Harris Teeter

 

What is the $60 Weekly Grocery Challenge?

Each week my goal is to spend approximately $60 for food, drinks, groceries, toiletries, diapers and medicine for my family of five. Then, I report on this blog the items that I bought, the best sales and coupon match-ups that I found and hopefully by doing so, help you stretch your family’s grocery budget, as well! 

How Did I Do This Week?

Harris Teeter – $64.25 (plus tax) for $131.78 worth of groceries!

Below I have included the best deals and coupon match ups that I found at Harris Teeter this week. Before you head to the grocery store, be sure to also visit Coupons.com, Redplum.com and Smartsource.com for additional coupons for items that are on your own shopping list this week!

Harris Teeter Deals and Coupon Match Ups 3/9 – 3/15

Muir Glen Organic Tomato Paste – $1.55
Coupon – $.75 off X 2 (doubled) = $1.50 off – Click here to print!
Total – $.05

Nature’s Own Oatmeal Bread – Buy one, get one free – $1.59 each
Coupon – $.75 off X 2 (doubled) = $1.50 off  (I used a coupon from Coupons.com-no longer available)
Total – $.09

Zone Perfect Nutrition Bar – $1.25
Coupon – $.55 off X 2 (doubled) = $1.10 off – Coupon from a Sunday newspaper coupon insert!
Total – $.15

Starkist Tuna (Can/Pouch) – $1.00
Coupon – $.75 off when you purchase two X 2 (doubled) = $1.50 off – Coupon from a Sunday newspaper coupon insert!
Total – $.25 each when you purchase two

Lemons – $.33 each

Special K Cereal – E-VIC $1.97 (VIC $2.50)
Coupon – $.70 off X 2 = $1.40 off – Coupon from a Sunday newspaper coupon insert or click here to print a coupon for $1.00 off any two boxes of Kellogg’s cereal!
Total – $.57

Frosted Cheerios – Buy one, get one free – $2.22 each
Coupon – $.75 off X 2 (doubled) = $1.50 off – Click here to print!
Total – $.72

Blue Diamond Canned Nuts – Buy one, get one free – $1.79 each
Coupon – $.50 off X 2 (doubled) = $1.00 off – Click here to print!
Total – $.79

Mrs. T’s Pierogies – $2.00
Coupon – $1.00 off – Click here to print!
Total – $1.00

Pringles – $1.50
Coupon – $1.00 off when you purchase two – Coupon from the P & G Everyday Savings coupon booklet!
Total – $1.00 each when you purchase two

Danimals Crush Cup Yogurt – $2.00
Coupon – $1.00 off – Coupon from Sunday newspaper coupon insert!
Total – $1.00

Kellogg’s Poptarts – $1.67
Coupon – $1.00 off when you purchase two – Coupon from a Sunday newspaper coupon insert!
Total – $1.17 each when you purchase two

Kraft Shredded Cheese – Buy one, get one free – $1.69 each
Coupon – $1.00 off when you purchase two – Click here to print!
Total – $1.19 each

Yoplait Yogurts (Trix/Splitz/Go Gurt) – $2.00
Coupon – $.75 off when you purchase two X 2 (doubled) = $1.50 off – Click here to print!
Total – $1.25 each when you purchase two

Tropicana Orange Juice – E-VIC 1.97 (limit 2)
Coupon – $1.00 off when you purchase two – Coupon from a Sunday newspaper coupon insert!
Total – $1.47 each when you purchase two

Eat Smart Chips – $3.00
Coupon – $.75 off X 2 (doubled) = $1.50 off – Coupon from a Sunday newspaper coupon insert!
Total – $1.50

Pillsbury Easy Frost – $2.50
Coupon – $1.00 off – Click here to print!
Total – $1.50

Folger’s Ground Coffee – $2.97
Coupon – $1.00 off – Click here to print!
Total – $1.97

Harris Teeter Fat Free Frozen Yogurt – Buy one, get one free – $1.99

Lance 8 pack Sandwich Crackers – $2.00

Gorton’s Frozen Fish Sticks (30 ct.) – Buy one, get one free – $3.29 each
Coupon – $.50 off X 2 (doubled) = $1.00 off – Coupon from a Sunday newspaper coupon insert!
Total – $2.29

Harris Teeter Gallon Milk – E-VIC $2.49 (VIC $2.77)

Strawberries – 1 lb. – $2.50

Burleson’s Honey – $3.99
Coupon – $.55 off X 2 (doubled) = $1.10 off – Click here to print!
Total – $2.89

Naval Oranges – 4 lb. bag – $2.99

Claritin Allergy Medicine (24 ct. – 30 ct.) – $18.99
Coupon – $5.00 off – Click here to print!
Total – $13.99

Kraft Promotion

To participate in the Kraft Promotion shown above, I purchased:

Two boxes of Wheat Thins
Two boxes of Triscuits
One box of Capri Suns
Redeemed two $1.00 off when you purchase any two Nabisco cracker coupons (I had one from a recipe booklet and then noticed a large Kraft display near the meat dept. with Nabisco tearpad coupons – check your store, too).
Total – $6.00 for FIVE ITEMS
–Note – If you purchase less than five of the participating items, each item will be $2.00.

Did you find any great grocery/drug store bargains this week? 

If you have a blog, link up below.  If not, feel free to comment on this post with your grocery savings!

6 FREE Products – Personalized Caricature Note Pads, Pen, Sticky Notes, Custom Notebooks & Note Cards (Pay Shipping Only)

Vistaprint just released a new “freebie” offer for several personalized items. You only have to pay shipping and handling (usually $3 – $6) for the items below.  Easter is coming soon…these could be cute “non-candy” items added to Easter baskets:

– FREE Caricature Note Pads (reg. $8.99)
– FREE Personalized Pen
– FREE Custom Notebook
– FREE Set of 10 Personalized Notecards (reg. $9.99)
– FREE Personalized Sticky Notes (reg. $4.99)

Money Saving Monday – Drug Store Deal Roundup (and Target, too)!

Target

Up & Up Dental Floss – $.89
Coupon – $1.00 off any Up & Up oral care item – Click here to print coupon!
Total – FREE

Suave Shampoo – $.84
Coupon – $.75 off – Click here to print!
Total – $.09

Rimmel Mascara – $2.24 – $2.98
Coupon – $2.00 off any Rimmel Mascara  – Click here to print!
Total – $.24 – $.98

GE Reveal Light Bulbs, 4pk, – $2.50
Coupon – $1.50 off GE Reveal Light Bulb Pack – Click here to print! 
Total – $1.00

Click here to sign up for a FREE beauty bag from Target (loaded with samples and $25 in savings)!

Rite Aid

Thermacare (1 ct.) = $3.99
Coupon – $3.99 off – Coupon found in Rite Aid weekly ad!
Total – FREE

Mentos – $.50
Coupon – $.50 off – Coupon from 2/6 Sunday newspaper coupon insert!
Total – FREE

Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs – $.50
Coupon – $0.50 off when you purchase two – Coupon from the Rite Aid March Video Values!
Total – $0.25 each when you purchase two

Orbit Gum – $.99
Manufacturer’s Coupon – But one, get one free –  Click here to print!
Total – $.49 each when you purchase two

Sweetarts Jelly Beans – $1.99
Coupon – $55 off – Click here to print!
Total – $1.44

Nature’s Bounty Vitamins – Buy one, get one free
Coupon – $1.00 off  – Click here to print!
Total – Varies, depending on which vitamin type and size you choose.

Colgate Toothpaste – $2.99
Coupon – $1.00 off – Coupon from 3/6 Sunday newspaper coupon insert
Total – $1.99; however, you will receive a $2.00 +Up Reward, which is like getting this for free if you need to go to Rite Aid anyway this week to purchase something else.

Walgreens

PediaCare Pain Reliever – $6.99
Manufacturer’s Coupon – $2.00 off – Click here to print!
Walgreen’s In-ad Coupon – $5.00 off
Total – FREE when you use both coupons listed above

Orbit Gum
Walgreen’s In-ad Coupon – $.69 each
Manufacturer’s Coupon – But one, get one free –  Click here to print!
Total – $.35 each when you purchase two and use both coupons above

Ricola Cough Drops
Walgreen’s In-ad Store Coupon – $.99
Manufacturer’s Coupon – $1.00 when you purchase two – Coupon from a recent Sunday newspaper coupon insert!
Total – $.49 each when you purchase two

Folger’s Classic Roast Coffee 11.3 oz. – $3.00
Coupon – $1.00 off – Click here to print!
Total – $2.00
–Print two coupons, purchase two Folger’s coffee and you will receive a $1.00 Walgreen’s Register Reward for your next purchase.

Kellogg’s Raisin Bran – $1.99
Coupon – $.70 off – Click here to print!
Total – $1.29

Oscar Mayer Deli Creations – $1.99
Coupon – $1.00 off when you purchase two – Click here to print!
Total – $1.49 each when you purchase two

Nature’s Bounty Vitamins – Buy one, get one free
Coupon – $1.00 off  – Click here to print!
Total – Varies, depending on which vitamin type and size you choose.

Claritin 24 ct. Liquigels or 30 ct. Tablets
Walgreen’s In-ad Coupon – $5.00 off
Manufacturer’s Coupon – $5.00 off – Click here to print!
Use both coupons above to reduce the price by $10.00

CVS

Nature’s Valley Granola Bars – $1.99
Coupon – $.50 off – Click here to print!
Total – $1.49

General Mill’s Cheerios – $1.99
Coupons – $.55, $.75 and $1.00 off/2 – Click here to print!
Total – Varies depending on which coupon you use from those listed above

Colgate Toothpaste – Buy one, get one free
Coupon – $1.00 off – Coupon from 3/6 Sunday newspaper coupon insert
Total – Varies depending on which type and size you purchase

Nestle Butterfinger/Crunch Nest Eggs Easter Candy – $2.50
Coupon – $.55 off – Click here to print!
Total – $1.95
–Note – Spend $10 and receive $3 in Extra Bucks when you buy select Easter candy (see ad)

Revlon Nail Polish – $3.99
Coupon – $1.00 off – Coupon from a recent Sunday newspaper coupon insert!
Total – $2.99
–Note – When you purchase this item, you will receive $3.00 in Extra Bucks, which is like getting it for free if there is another item you need to purchase anyway at CVS this week.

Non-Drowsy Claritin 24 ct., 30 ct. and 12 ct. RediTabs – $19.99
Manufacturer’s Coupon – $5.00 off – Click here to print!
Total – $14.99
–Note – When you purchase this item, you will receive $5.00 in Extra Bucks to use towards your next purchase.

Also, for those of you who use Facebook, click here to “like” the CVS page. Once you do this, you can then print a coupon for a free candy item or beverage!

Savory Sunday – Texas Ranch Chicken Recipe

I tried out another new recipe this week – Texas Ranch Chicken.  It is SUPER simple to make and only requires three ingredients (how great is that)! I love not-so-complicated recipes that include items that I typically already have on hand anyway.

These are nice “go to” recipes when I am looking something easy and filling to feed the family (on the occasions that I don’t have a lot of time for dinner prep) or when I am trying to work with what I have in the pantry and refrigerator until I can make it to the grocery store.

Ingredients

  • Boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • Ranch-style salad dressing
  • 2 cups shredded cheese (I used 1 cup of shredded cheddar and 1 cup shredded mozzarella)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 deg. Spray your cooking dish with cooking spray.
  2. Arrange chicken in the dish and coat it with the dressing.
  3. Cover and bake for 20 – 30 minutes (depending on the thickness of the chicken) in the preheated oven. Remove from heat, top with cheese, and return to the oven. Continue cooking for about 15 minutes, until the cheese is melted and lightly browned and the chicken is no longer pink and juices run clear. I broiled it for a couple of minutes to brown the top a little.

Note – To cut down on the fat and calorie content of this dish, I used reduced fat cheese and lite Ranch dressing.

Food Lion Hot Deals List – FREE Propel Water, Cheap Pampers Diapers, Kellogg’s Cereal/FREE Milk Promotion & More!

The deals are popping up everywhere this week! For any of you who will be shopping at Food Lion between now and Tuesday, I wanted to point out a few great deals that I noticed in the weekly ad.

Propel Flavored Bottled Water – Sale – $.50 each
Coupon – $1.00 off the purchase of two bottles – Coupon from a recent Sunday newspaper coupon insert!
Total – FREE (two bottles)

Butterfinger Snackerz – Buy one, get one free – $.50 each
Coupon – $1.00 off when you purchase two – Click here to print!
Total – FREE
–Remember you can print most internet printable coupons twice.  Using two coupons, you will be able to get 4 for free!

Scotties Tissues – $.79 (Weekend Sale – Friday – Sunday)
Coupon – $.50 off – Click here to print!
Total – $.29

Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Crackers – $.99

Red Grapes – $.99/lb.

Nature’s Own Bagels – Buy one, get one free (if you purchase one, it will ring up at half price)
Coupon – $.75 off – Click here to print!

Totino’s Party Pizzas – $1.00
Coupon – $1.00 off when you buy five – Click here to print!
Total – $.80 each when you buy five

Nabisco Ritz Crackers – $1.89
Coupon – $1.00 off when you purchase any two Nabisco crackers – Coupon from a recent Sunday newspaper coupon insert or click here to print!
Total – $1.39 each when you purchase two boxes

Strawberries – $2.00/lb.

Cheap Diapers!

Pampers – $7.99 (Weekend sale – Friday – Sunday only)
Food Lion Store Coupon – $3.00 off – Click here to print!
Manufacturer’s Coupon – $2.00 off – Coupon from a recent Sunday newspaper coupon insert!
Total –$4.99 – $5.99 – Varies depending on which coupon you use.
–I am not sure if Food Lion allows using a store coupon and a manufacturer’s coupon together like many other stores.  If you know, please comment on this post.

Kellogg’s Cereal/Free Milk Promotion

Buy 4 boxes of Kellogg’s cereal (Froot Loops, Apple Jacks, Raisin Bran, Frosted Flakes, Corn Pops) for $2 each and you will receive a FREE gallon of Food Lion brand milk!
To sweeten this deal, sign up for $5 in coupons, special offers, promotions & more from Kellogg’s! Click Here
Redeem – $.70 off one box of Raisin Bran
Redeem – $1.00 off any three boxes of Kellogg’s cereal
Total – $6.30 for FOUR boxes of cereal AND a gallon of milk!

New Recipe Wednesday – What’s Cooking Tonight? White Chili

Ingredients

2 Boneless Chicken Breasts, Cubed
1 Medium Onion, Chopped
2 tbsp. Olive Oil
2 Cans of Chicken Broth
2 Cans of Navy Beans
1 Can of White Corn
2 4 oz. Cans of Green Chiles, Chopped

Directions: 

Saute chicken and onion in olive oil.

Add remaining ingredients. Sprinkle 1 tsp. garlic.  Simmer 30 minutes (this can also be made in the crockpot). It is as simple as that and very, very tasty!

$60 Weekly Grocery Challenge – Spent $61.34, Saved $145.92 (Harris Teeter, Target & Rite Aid)!

 

What is the $60 Weekly Grocery Challenge?

Each week my goal is to spend approximately $60 for food, drinks, groceries, toiletries, diapers and medicine for my family of five. Then, I report on this blog the items that I bought, the best sales and coupon match-ups that I found and hopefully by doing so, help you stretch your family’s grocery budget, as well!

How Did I Do This Week?

Harris Teeter – $60.59 (plus tax), Saved $88.35
Target – $0 (paid tax only), Saved $39.09
Rite Aid – $.75 (plus tax), Saved $18.48 

Total – Spent $61.34 (plus tax), Saved $145.92
(I think this is probably my highest savings ever during a non-super double/triple coupon week) 

Harris Teeter Deals 3/2– 3/8

 
It is a great sale week at Harris Teeter. I spent $60.59 (plus tax) for everything pictured above! Before handing over my VIC card and stack of coupons, my total was over $150! 

I wondered for a quick second if I had gone way over my $60 goal for the week (since I don’t actually carry a calculator to track my spending or anything).  For some reason, though, without tracking my spending item by item, my grocery shopping typically totals approximately $60 each week.  It’s nice how that works out.

Here are this week’s highlights:

Egg Beaters
Coupon – FREE with a home mailer coupon

Old Orchard 100% Apple Juice – $1.50
Coupon – $.50 off X 2 (doubled) = $1.00 off – Click here to print from Coupons.com and click here to print from Old Orchard’s website (you can print two at each place)!
Total – $.50 

Sunsweet Dried Plums – $2.00
Coupon – $.75 off X 2 (doubled) = $1.50 off – Click here to print!
Total – $.50

Tony’s Frozen Pizza – $1.00
Coupon – $1.00 off when you buy two – Coupon from Sunday newspaper coupon insert!
Total – $.50 each when you buy two

Pictsweet Frozen Steamable Vegetables – $1.50 each
Coupon – $.75 off when you buy two X 2 (doubled) = $1.50 off – Coupon from Sunday newspaper coupon insert!
Total – $.75 each when you buy two

Aunt Jemima Frozen Waffles – BOGO Free – $1.33 each
Coupon – $1.00 off any two Aunt Jemima products – Click here to print!
Total – $.83 each

Lucky Charms/Honey Nut Cheerios/Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cereal – $1.97 E-VIC sale price
Coupon – $.55 off X 2 (doubled) = $1.10 – Click here to print!
Total – $.87

Kruncher’s Potato Chips – $2.50
Coupon – $.75 off X 2 (doubled) = $1.50 off – Coupon from Sunday newspaper coupon insert!
Total – $1.00

Pillsbury Toaster Strudels – $2.00
Manufacturer’s Coupon – $.50 off when you buy two X 2 (doubled) = $1.00 off – Click here to print!
Harris Teeter E-VIC Coupon – $.50 off (this one does not double and automatically deducts when your VIC card is scanned at checkout once you have activated it online through your E-VIC email). Click the E-VIC coupon tab on your E-VIC email to activate and save it! Learn more about E-VIC coupons by clicking here!
Total – $1.25 each when you buy two and use both coupons above.

Oscar Mayer Deli Fresh Lunch Meat – $3.50
Coupon – $1.00 off when you purchase two – Coupon from Game Day Recipe Booklet
Harris Teeter E-VIC Coupon – Buy one, get one free (this coupon is supposed to automatically deduct when your VIC card is scanned at checkout once you have activated it online through your E-VIC email; however, I checked my receipt and it didn’t automatically deduct.  Customer service refunded my money for the second one that should have been  free). Click the E-VIC coupon tab on your E-VIC email to activate and save it! Learn more about E-VIC coupons by clicking here!
Total – $1.25 each when you buy two and use both coupons above.

Kraft White American Cheese Singles – $2.49
Coupon – $.55 off X 2 (doubled) = $1.10 off – Coupon from Sunday newspaper coupon insert!
Total – $1.39

Butterball Cooked Sausage Patties – $2.50
Coupon – $.55 off X 2 (doubled) = $1.10 off – Coupon from Sunday newspaper coupon insert!
Total – $1.40

Nabisco Pouch Cookies – $2.49
Coupon – $1.00 off any Nabisco cookie when you also buy a gallon of milk – Click here to print!
Total – $1.49

Eat Smart Natural Chips – $3.00
Coupon – $.75 off X 2 (doubled) = $1.50 off – Coupon from Sunday newspaper coupon insert!
Total – $1.50

Sargento Shredded Cheese – $2.00
Coupon – $.40 off X 2 (doubled) = $.80 off – Coupon from Sunday newspaper coupon insert!
Total – $1.60 each when you buy two

Alexia Frozen Fries/Onion Rings – $2.99
Coupon – $1.00 off – Click here to print!
Total – $1.99

Huggies Diapers Jumbo Pack – E-VIC Special – $5.99 – LIMIT TWO
Coupon – $2.50 off (Home mailer)
Total – $3.49
–Excited about this price!

Boneless Pork Chops – $2.99/lb.

2.5 lb. Harris Teeter Frozen Chicken Breasts (in bag) – BOGO Free – $4.99 each
–MUCH better deal to buy this frozen chicken this week at HT, as opposed to purchasing it fresh from the meat department.  Before today,I had never seen chicken so expensive before at Harris Teeter ($9 – $10/pack)!

Target Shopping Trip – $0 Spent (Paid Tax Only)

 As you can see on the receipt below, my subtotal at Target was $0!  Yes, it is a random assortment of things, but I was specifically only shopping for the deals in Target that I had pinpointed prior to heading in the store.

I think it is important to note that I love Target and I used to not have the ability to walk in that store without spending $50.  Seriously!  I know that may be hard to believe since I am always posting my couponing deals and money-saving ideas, but there are, of course, things in life on which I splurge. I just like to be an overall smart shopper and save where I can, so that I can spend money on other things 🙂 

Rite Aid Shopping Trip

Finally, here are the items I picked up at Rite Aid (I posted these deals here earlier this week).  My subtotal was $.75 (as shown on the receipt below).  Everything was free, except for the Colgate toothbrush ($.25) and the Snickers bars ($.25 each). Between the candy shown here, the gum from the Target shopping trip and the jelly beans last week at CVS, I have a nice start towards Easter candy for my boys.

Before you head to the grocery store, be sure to visit Coupons.com, Redplum.com and Smartsource.com for additional coupons for items that are on your own shopping list this week!

Did you find any great grocery/drug store bargains this week? 

If you have a blog, link up below.  If not, feel free to comment on this post with your grocery savings!

Kellogg’s Coupons (Cereal, Poptarts, Eggo Waffles & More)

Drug Store Shopping Video – CVS Couponing and ExtraBucks