Savings Saturday: $40 weekly grocery budget

I used a few gift cards to help pay for purchases this week. Target frequently has deals (ranging from diapers to razors to cereal) where you can earn a $5 gift card for purchasing certain items. I always try to keep a $5 Target card to “roll” into these deals, which is basically what I did today (I used a $10 gift card I earned from Lila Guide).

I also transferred a prescription to Randalls and got a $30 gift card. If you have Safeway/Randalls, there is a coupon in the paper this week for a $30 gift card with any NEW or transferred prescription. Coupons for new prescriptions are hard to come by, and the coupon is good through 2/7/09, so you may want to pick up a few extra ads 🙂 In my area, CVS, Walgreens, Kroger, and Randalls all accept competitor pharmacy coupons.

Here’s what I got for $32.25 OOP this week. I actually didn’t realize that I was so far under because I did my shopping this morning in a hurry. I will probably go back to Target and get a canister of Instant Breakfast (my husband loves it and it is on price cut for $4.49 right now, so it’ll be $3.49 with the $1 off coupon from last week’s inserts) and 5 more boxes of the Kashi breakfast bars (they are on price cut for $2.75 and there are $2 off coupons from Kashi and Vocal Point). That will bring my total for the week to $39.49 (there are no taxes on groceries in my area).

CVS/Target/Kroger combined –

Target – 3 boxes Electrasol ($3.25 through this week, used 3 $2.50/1 coupons), 1 bag baked Ruffles (used $1 Lays printable from and $1 Target Lays printable), 6 boxes Kashi breakfast bars (used one free coupon from Vocal Point and 5 $2 off coupons from Kashi), Hillshire Farms lunchmeat (used a $.55/1 coupon and there is a TMF peelie attached, so I will get $ back), bag of boneless skinless chicken breasts, 4 cans chicken broth, 2 packages Old El Paso taco seasoning (used $1.10/2 printable), Sara Lee bread, Kraft cheese sticks (used $1 printable), 10 Sobe Life water (used .50/1 hang tags attached to bottles), Juicy Juice 8 pk (used $1 off coupon), MP heavy whipping cream

Used $10 Target gift card from Lila Guide, spent $20.10 OOP, got $5 Target gift card back (for purchase of Sobe Life water)

Kroger – celery, vanilla wafers, salad mix, bag of grapefruit, bell peppers, cataloupe, enchilada sauce, ranch dip mix, canned pineapple, cucumbers
$12.15 OOP

CVS – 2 bags of kitchen trash bags – $11.35, used $3 off any CVS brand purchase, $8.85 OOP (paid w/ $9 ECB adjusted down) Also, in the picture below, you will see two packages of plastic cups and 2 boxes of CVS Cold & Sinus

**The next few weeks at CVS are looking pretty grim, so I have been “burning” my ECBs (meaning I’m using them to buy things that I need but that are not necessarily generating ECBs). If you haven’t taken advantage of the $3 off any CVS brand purchase coupon yet, you really should. This week the CVS brand items are BOGO 50% off and the vitamins are BOGO free!

Randalls – 5 boxes Pop Tarts (.99/each with super coupon), baby carrots, 2 pounds of bananas, 2 gallons milk – paid $10.92 on gift card from prescription transfer

Here are my updated savings totals:
Baby Emergency fund – last week’s total was $672, I earned $11 from Associated Content this week which will be applied to this fund for a total of $683 (Goal = $1000)
Gift savings – $132.42 (Goal = $1500)
Rolling entertainment fund – $0 (Goal = $500)

Here’s how much I have saved at individual stores:
Total Target savings – $69.70 to date
Total CVS savings – $70.53 (not updated, will update later today once I gather all my receipts!)
Total Kroger savings – $21.34
Total Randalls savings – $21.02

**If you’re looking for spreadsheets to help you track your savings, there are some good ones here on the Mommy Snacks blog


  1. Nice work! I like how you break these down and count your gift cards as being OOP.

    I really enjoyed the Target gift card offers when we lived near one. Fun stuff!