Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Year-Round Food Savings

It’s no doubt everyone is trying to save money in all aspects of their lives nowadays. Being involved in cooking and always wanting to try new things in the kitchen can get expensive, especially on a college budget. So I am always trying to find the most economical way to do things, but yet comparable to high-end prices. I have become quite fond of Wal-Mart’s Great Value brand. I do most of my dry foods and dairy grocery shopping at Wal-Mart, and do produce and deli shopping at our other local grocer. When shopping at Wal-Mart, I’ve found I usually spend about $30 exactly on each trip without even calculating beforehand. Check out my last two trips (I usually make 2 a week to Wal-Mart, and 1 to another grocer):



Great Value graham cracker, Great Value all-purpose flour, Great Value powdered sugar, Great Value cream cheese, 2 (14.5oz) cans of Great Value diced tomatoes with chilies, 1 can of Great Value stewed tomatoes, 15 oz whole mushrooms, 1 packet McCormick’s slow-cooker seasoning, 1 banana, bag of Fresh Express baby spinach, Great Value frozen  stir-fry vegetable mix, 1 box of original Boca burgers, 1 (4.5 oz) can Great Value diced chilies, and 1 carton of 2 1/2 dozen eggs.



2 Great Value (2 liter) flavored sparkling water, 1 banana, 8th Continent Light Vanilla soymilk, 15 oz whole mushrooms, 1 bag of Great Value frozen broccoli, 1 large bag of Fresh Express lettuce, 2 cucumbers, 1 bag of Great Value brown sugar, 2 (8oz) Great Value cream cheese, small bag of Fisher diced walnuts, 64 oz Heinz ketchup, 1 container vanilla Yoplait yogurt, 1 large carton Great Value egg whites, jar of roasted red pepper, jar of Vlassic banana peppers, 1 pack of strawberry Orbit gum, 3 pack of mint Stride gum.

It’s also good to keep in mind that grocery stores change their sales routinely year round. Here’s how to shop by the month to get the most bang for your buck!


  • Breakfast foods—hot/cold cereals, frozen breakfast pastries, pancake mix
  • Labor Day staples like barbeque and party foods.


  • Wine
  • Pasta and frozen pizza
  • Pet food, grooming supplies and toys


  • Thanksgiving foods: turkey, stuffing mix, soups, cranberries, canned veggies, yams
  • Baking goods including flour, baking soda, sugar, cake mixes, frosting, pie crust and frozen pies.


  • Champagne
  • Disposable containers, foil, wax paper, and plastic wrap


  • Low-fat or low-carb items, including frozen meals, granola bars, diet soda
  • Super Bowl favorites such as frozen appetizers, chips, dips, sodas
  • Boxed teas and soups


  • Canned foods, including soups, fruits and vegetables
  • Medicines, cold remedies, and vitamins


  • Peanut butter and other peanut products.
  • Frozen meals, vegetables, and fruits.


  • Soy products
  • Hams and other Easter related foods


  • Memorial Day staples, such as bbq foods, as well as paper plates, napkins, and cups.
  • Post-Mother’s Day: kitchen appliances.


  • Cheese, milk, cream, yogurt, and other dairy products.
  • Seafood
  • Ice cream products


  • Hot dogs, frozen hamburger patties, ground meat for the Fourth of July, as well as condiments.
  • School supplies


  • Back-to-school lunch items
  • Sunscreen and other lotions
  • Tissues


Check this out!!

Pumpkin Pie Pop Tarts Box

They are on store shelves NOW people..get some while you can!


How much do you typically spend on a groceries in a week?


Krista said...

I go bi-weekly and usually spend about $250.00 for a family of 4. I don't shop at high end groceries stores for 90% of my items, but there are a few items I need (almond milk, etc) that have to be purchased at more expensive stores.

Anonymous said...

I have come to terms with the list, I now remember to bring it, I follow it and saved a ton since. Well most of the

Meg said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog! Out here, we have WinCo which has a HUGE bulk section that can be a good money saver.

I always stock up on canned pumpkin around thanksgiving so that I can have it year-round!

Mary said...

What a great post. I found the information about monthly store features really helpful. I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

Erica said...

Great post! Loved seeing the monthly typical specials! I know Walmart has some good deals....but I just hate hate hate going in there. Pumpkin pie pop tarts? Genius! I spend a lot on groceries ;) Its my one area I splurge in

brandi said...

great tips on the sales!

Rebecca said...

I don't typically track how much I spend on groceries. I guess it would be helpful... Mine usually get's most expensive when I had in wine and prepared foods.

Anonymous said...

wow pumpkiny poptarts!!? amazing!

you are a very good shopper :) i found this blog the other week that i bookmarked asap:

they only spend $30/wk too!

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