'Twas another week of lousy sales (including the great cracker ripoff of 2012), I'm sad to report, which was good for the wallet but only so-so for the pantry. By the end of the week, as our supply of leftovers dwindled (it'll be replenished this weekend with hearty batches of soup and rice), the refrigerator was looking pretty sad.
Grocery and Household Supplies
We visited two grocery stores and spent a total of $6.28 on produce and pepperoni (the latter of which was something of a splurge, as we rarely shop in the meat department, but a sale/coupon combo made the price unbeatable so we'll freeze the pepperoni for use on homemade pizzas), which was entirely covered by gift cards I received for my birthday last week.
The real action happened at Target, in a trip that can only be described as a debacle. Not only did they not have half the things we were looking for, which complicated our coupon use, but the cashier was new to the job and regarded the register with what can only be described as unabashed trepidation. While I stepped in to correct two computer errors she made that would have cost us an additional $1.98, I didn't bother to intervene when she neglected to deduct ten cents for our reusable bags (you get a five-cent credit at Target for each reusable bag you provide). In retrospect I wish I had, less to save a dime than to keep her from making preventable mistakes, but by the end of the transaction I was anxious and wanted to get the heck out of there before I was late for work. Our total at Target, after sales and coupons, was $1.18, for which we got sixteen cups of yogurt, three rolls of paper towels and a roll of dental floss.
Total spent this week: $1.18
Total spent this year: $81
* Soon I'll begin calculating how much we've saved using gift cards and coupons as well, to give a more comprehensive portrait of our spending and saving strategies.