Thrifty Thursday – Back to Normal

Whew, this week we spent way less than last week, plus managed to buy some last minute Christmas presents, and stock up a bit!

Our total was about $80. We’ll subtract the Christmas stuff:

  • Wine for a gift – $8.99
  • Chocolates for a gift – $5.99
  • Tissue paper – $3.16

That brings us to about $62. Much more like a shopping trip should look. For meals this week, I bought:

  • Rice – $5.99
  • Organic diced tomatoes – $1
  • Small can of tomato sauce – $0.67; so mad they moved or did something with the store brand tomato sauce that’s usually $0.50
  • Shredded cheese – On sale for $1.77
  • Ground chicken – Still couldn’t find the $2.88 ground turkey that was also on sale last week, this was $3
  • Green pepper – $0.86
  • 5 lbs of potatoes – $2.99
  • Turkey sausage – $2.50

I did some stocking up too!

  • Quick oats – Brand name was $3.99, the usual price for store brand when not on sale.
  • Bread – B1G1, plus I had a coupon that doubled. I paid $3.39 for two loaves of nice bread.
  • Whole grain shell pasta – $1 down from $1.50. I now have a small stock of healthy(er) pasta.
  • Chocolate chips – I don’t use them a lot in baking, but now I have a bag and a half when I picked this one up for $1.77, saving $1.22.
  • Olive oil – I usually buy store brand but this nice brand was on sale for $3.99, down from $6.49.
  • A can of tuna – $0.80; I should have bought more than one, I might pick up more during the week. I plan on making tuna cakes or something to eat for lunches.
  • A second can of organic diced tomatoes – $1
  • Can of pineapple chunks – $1.25; Good for stir fries.
  • Frozen snap peas and lima beans – cheap sides or additions to stir fry for $1 each, down from $1.99


  • Husband bought a container of healthy nuts and seeds – $3.99 down from $4.49
  • Mangoes – $1.25 each, down from $2
  • Pomegranate – Still $2.50!
  • Kashi Chocolate Chia bars I’ve been wanting to try – $0.50 off.

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