I have managed to find away to lower my cost. We watch for sales and we will stock pile at the time of a sale. Yes, I said it...stock pile. If we find cereal on sale for $1, you betcha' we will end up purchasing about 20 boxes. We have found Hy-Vee brand cereal for the different brand of Cheerios will go on sale like this every 4 months or so. They also had their bagged cereal on sale for $1 as well, so at one time we may have had 25 boxes/bags of cereal in our pantry at one time. I stocked up on Mac n' Cheese this way as well. $.25/ box, so I bought 20 boxes. Pasta Roni is a favorite so when they are on sale for $1 I pick up 20. You get the point, when I see something at a good buy I pick up multiples, if there is a limit. I will go to the store a little more often within the 2 or 3 day sale and have my husband go as well. I have been able to stock pile peanut butter for $.99 this way. I am glad I did because I heard that peanut butter cost will be going up.
At first when we started watching the sales, I was not sure how much of a savings the sale really was, so I created an excel spread sheet and went shopping. Everything that I typically buy, I priced at the stores I shop. This way I have a price at each store and I can compare to the ads to see am I really saving or not. I have to admit I love this way of shopping. The milk I cannot buy 2 weeks worth but I do get 1 week worth, always 6 or 7 gallons of milk. Thankfully we have a second refrigerator in our garage to store it. This week our great buy was milk. ALDI is typically where I buy my milk, for a gallon of milk I am currently spending $3.03. (I recommend if you have a spread sheet, take it with you every 3 months or so because costs do go up.) Hy-Vee had a coupon that was good for 3 days, 1/2 gallon of milk for only $.99 (limit 2), if I purchased 2 at that price I am only spending $1.98 per gallon. See the SAVINGS!!! Naturally, we went to the store often and ended up with 8 gallons of milk during the 3 days.
At this time my pantry is pretty well stocked so now when I go shopping I plan my menu for 2 weeks and pick up just what I need, meat, some snacks, veggies if needed, bread and milk. This new method I have, I only spent $200 even for 2 weeks. I love it. Now I have some extra money to put towards the medical bills.
Here is a picture of my pantry at this time. I cannot even add my canning to our pantry at this time because it is so full.
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