6/17/2012 3:24:09 PM
These prices are outrageously high! The tip to getting a good price is to stock up when it's on sale. You can do even better with coupons, too.
This week for example, I got red grapes for $0.99lb and yellow squash for $0.89lb. The latter because it's on sale and in season. (Sticking to what's in season will also help your budget.)
Whole wheat pasta was buy one, get one free this week so I got two boxes at $0.94 a box. Be sure to buy enough to last you 6 weeks because that's the average for sales to rotate through again.
The boneless skinless chicken breasts were also on sale for $1.68lb. Meat sales -- especially at your smaller local chains -- will pop up on average of every 2-4 weeks. Sometimes more.
Also, be sure to check for reduced/discounted meat and produce. These can be marked down anywhere between 25-50% off. Generally, a smaller chain will mark these down right around the time they're due for that week's new truckload to make space for new inventory. Just keep in mind these need to be used or frozen within a day or two of purchase.
Eggs go on sale frequently, too. Be sure to check your weekly circulars for drug stores like Walgreen, CVS, and Rite Aid. All three places tend to mark theirs down as low as $0.99 a dozen. Eggs can be frozen, too, FYI.
As to natural peanut butter, be sure to check the price of peanuts in the shell (and making it yourself) versus the cost of a premade jar. I make my own peanut butter and almond butter. It's fast, much cheaper, and you have total control of what's going into your body. Just keep in mind it needs to be refrigerated because there's no preservatives.