Readers are always intrigued when I start talking about how we keep our grocery budget to about $50 per week. One of my tricks is definitely to shop at local discount grocery stores, like Ebenezer Groceries in Ephrata. They are known for their organic foods and produce, but are expanding to so much more!
I saw on the Ebenezer Facebook page this week that they are featuring $.99/lb grapes, and from the comments, I heard that they are pretty good quality. I needed a few other items for my meals this week, so I decided to make a quick trip. Here’s what I found in my quick 15-minute shopping trip, all for just $26.93. Combined with my stockpile, I have enough food to last us for the rest of the week!
- $2.37 – bananas at $.39/b
- $1.59 – red grapes at $.99/lb
- $1.61 – green grapes at $.99/lb
- $.99 – seaside surf snack mix
- $1.49 – power boost blend snack mix
- $1.83 – organic apricots ($1.49/lb) – these were deliciously sweet!!
- $1.99 – blueberries – I don’t normally pay this much for fresh blueberries, but again, I needed some more fruit for the fridge and for snacks this week.
- $1.55 – organic sweet potatoes ($.89/lb) – I usually buy these at Glennwood Foods for just $.39/lb but I didn’t feel I had time for an extra shopping trip this week!
- $1.78 – Farmer’s cheese – makes the absolute best grilled cheese sandwiches!
- $2.06 – Swiss cheese
- $3.12 – pitted prunes
- $2.49 – chicken stir fry pieces (I plan to use these for cheesy chicken bundles, yum!)
- $.99 – frozen hash browns
- $.79 – organic grape juice (I don’t usually serve juice but we tried this grape juice the last time we shopped here and just loved it. Since we’re outside a lot this summer and skip some naptimes, I like to keep these in the freezer to have some extra options for keeping us hydrated!)
- $.79 – organic grape juice
I paid an average of $1.68/item for a total of 16 items.
As I mentioned above, I’ll combine what I bought with items in my deep freeze and pantry stockpile, so this is pretty much the only groceries I’ll buy this week (I still have milk from last week’s amazing Giant deal!). (Plus it doesn’t hurt that I’m starting to harvest some cucumber, spinach and zucchini from my garden! I love this time of year!)
I’ve been working on some posts to share about how I maintain a pretty-much free stockpile by shopping the Giant Gas Deals. If you don’t know what they are, or haven’t tried them before, I think you’ll find my quick little tip pretty helpful to save your family some money. Look for that post next week!
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