Frugal May Days – Week 4

frugalmayThis is the final week of Frugal May Days, and I’m ready for it to be over. I’ve REALLY enjoyed saving the money and will continue to find deals via iBotta and coupons. But keeping a detailed record of every cent I’ve spent and spending sometimes three hours or more writing these weekly recap blogs has been sort of exhausting! I will, however, continue to share with you my really good deals, because I love those! So without further ado, Week 4!

May 24

This was the first week this month that The Hubs went grocery shopping with me, because his schedule had changed at work and now we have the same days off again! This was both a blessing and a curse: a blessing because I didn’t have to push the cart or carry the bags inside, a curse because when I’m alone I’m in THE ZONE, and when he’s there he distracts me. He was good though, and didn’t stray from the list.

First off was Produce Junction. The Junction never lets me down! All of this for $10.25.

IMG_20150524_121239506_HDRNext up was Shoprite. Remember how last week I told you I was promised a $1 credit to my Price Plus card and it didn’t show up? I also didn’t get a $3 digital coupon credit THIS week. NOT HAPPY, SHOPRITE. (Since writing this, I’ve called Shoprite and it turns out my $1 DID come off… when The Hubs went to grab something. They were also going to credit the $3, which has also been applied, so I counted it here.) Deal of the day was Oreo cookies for $1 a package. They were on sale for 2 for $5, I had a $2 digital coupon and a $1 manufacturer coupon!

IMG_20150524_121547797Next was Walmart. We did that thing where we went to a different Walmart than usual, which is always a terrible idea. They had everything we needed, except the coconut milk I needed. No worries, I’d grab that from our local another day. I had a $1.25 rebate from iBotta for the Dr. Pepper, and at $1 apiece, that meant I got all three for $1.75. The Dr. Pepper TEN is for me, and the other two were for The Hubs. The canned tomatoes were $0.98 apiece, I had $1 off iBotta and a buy 3 get 1 free manufacturer coupon, so each can wound up being just over 48 cents apiece.

IMG_20150524_152655158_HDRDinner was Arepas Caprese with Steamed Green Beans!

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May 25

Memorial Day! I did my ladder workout in the morning, we ate our lunches and then I went and walked dogs. We stopped at our local Walmart to grab coconut milk and a bag of cereal. Dinner was Teriyaki Turkey Burgers w/ Pineapple Rings on Hawaiian Buns w/ Edamame.

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May 26

I stopped on the way home from work to grab some Eckrich Smoked Sausage from the other Shoprite, since our local had been out. They were on sale for $1.99 apiece plus I had a BOGO coupon! Unfortunately I also broke a wedge shoe on my way into the store, but I just shrugged it off, threw the heel into my bag and limped into the store to get that good deal. I don’t think anyone noticed the chick with the kettlebell tote bag walking with one broken shoe. (If they did, they were too scared of my arm cannons to say anything about it! *grin*)

This night we had spaghetti and meatballs with tossed salad. No photos. Then we ran out to Aldi to get grapes at $1.29/lb and mangoes for 49 cents apiece. Well, no mangoes, but they did have the grapes, and we got The Hubs some PopTarts for $1.88 for a 12-pack.

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May 27

Spend-free day! Dinner was Loaded Chicken and Potato Casserole, which was so yummy I took no photo. *hangs head*

May 28

Thursday is my late day for work so we had a delicious frozen pizza (Screamin’ Sicilian) to which I added leftover bacon and leftover pineapple! SO GOOD.

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Yes, there is a hair in my pizza. But it’s MY hair, and MY pizza. I know where that hair has been.

May 29

Spend-free day. Made homemade Chili Mac Hamburger Helper! It was soooo goood.

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May 30

Spend-free day. Dinner was Lemony Herbed Wheatberry & Chickpea Salad with Fried Fish. This salad was really delicious and holds up well in the fridge. Not far off from tabouleh.

IMG_20150530_175928610Conclusion

This week’s grand total was $70.68, so another really successful week! That brings the grand total for the 4 weeks to $304.57. Since my previous budget was $450 WITHOUT produce, I think this was an INCREDIBLY successful month! Plus, I went through my freezers and wrote down everything I still had, because my freezers are FULL:

I think I ought to do a freezer cleanout next, haha!

Here’s the chart of what I spent: Week 4 Savings – Sheet1 (1)

Referral links for the apps I use:

iBotta

Shopmium – Referral code KCGGYKKY

Checkout51

Did you get any amazing deals this week? Will you try your own frugal month?

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4 comments

  1. I want a “Junction!” That first photo is everything I have on my list every 7-10 days and getting it
    for $10 is incredible. I think you win for stretching the the dollar and also variety in meals. And
    Hubs wins for Mr. Congeniality in going along with all that variety. Keep that man – he’s rare. May
    just happens to be a very frugal month for me too with many big bills due, so it has been timely to read your posts. As we all exit this month, I agree – let’s still seek bargains and try to stay on course – but now for some relaxing of the discipline, some spontaneity, and fun! Happy June!

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    • I am very lucky to have a place like Produce Junction. You can also get some really good deals at Asian supermarkets, if you have any of those around. Hope your frugal month went well, love you!

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