This week's shopping included a relatively big grocery store trip, but overall our spending once again fell within the "acceptable" range. Here are the boring details:
Grocery and Household Supplies
We shopped the sales, visiting a total of three stores. At one we spent a total of $30.40 on $65.49 worth of groceries; this was achieved by combining sales and coupons with a really great in-store promotion for $10 off a purchase of $50 or more. Our cart was humdrum as usual, with lots of produce and eggs, basmati rice, applesauce and various lasagna ingredients. As an added bonus, we found a rebate form for $9 off a grocery purchase of $50. (Now the trick will be to actually spend more than $50 on groceries in a single trip!)
At Store #2 we attacked the loss leaders, stocking up on deeply discounted tomato sauce and our favorite ravioli. After depleting our $10.79 gift card balance, our out-of-pocket cost came to $1.78.
The third trip took us to Target, where we used coupons to nab free soap, pens and dental floss. Also on the list, all purchased with coupons: 99¢ cough syrup (that we hopefully won't need to use), a 99¢ bag of Purina dog food (to donate to a local pet food pantry), and eight cups of yogurt for a combined total of 38¢. Our total of $5.54 would have been three dollars cheaper if not for the completely unnecessary purchase of a pint of Half Baked, my favorite ice cream, but perhaps this junk food splurge happened for a reason: moments ago, as I looked, unsuccessfully, for a link explaining the wonders of this particular Ben & Jerry's flavor, I came across a recipe for making your own that just might revolutionize my ice cream eating life.
For the first time in over a year, Nelly and I went to the movie theater! We'd received a $15 gift card for the holidays and our (discounted) tickets cost $7 each. While we almost choked upon seeing the price of a small bag of popcorn, we decided to live it up and go for the full theater-going experience. Our out-of-pocket cost of $4.79 for this evening of entertainment was lowered by three cents when we retrieved abandoned pennies from the floor of the concession stand. Final cost: $4.76.
Earlier this week I also used a $1 MP3 store credit and $4 of my gift card balance to download Wild Flag from Amazon. It was worth it!
Total spent this week: $42.48
Total spent this year: $77.36