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Grocery Spending Tracking

July 6th, 2018 at 11:09 pm

I went to Winco today and spent $129.32. I think I made it really well in the meat department. I am really just shocked at how much cheaper Winco is than anywhere else in town. I wish I'd started shopping there sooner. As Haggen has continued to get more and more expensive I've pretty much cut down to only buying one or two items there. And Safeway is consistently loss leaders and milk, but only because I buy organic milk and Winco doesn't carry that.

Anyway, here's what I bought today:

Hot dog buns
Hamburger buns
Strawberry waffles
2 bags crispy chicken strips
1 box Winco French fries
1 box granola bars
2 bags Winco tortilla chips
1 Winco whipped cream
1 chuck roast
2 lbs chicken sausage (1 lb chubs)
2 value packs bone in skin on chicken thighs
2 value packs chuck steak
1 box of 20 hamburger patties
2 bags Funyuns
1 seasoned salt
2 cucumbers
1 watermelon
1 case beef Nongshim noodles

We had some of the fries at dinner tonight and they are just as good as Ore Ida fries. Sometimes with store brands they really aren't, but I wouldn't be surprised if these weren't the same fries in a different package. The difference for a five pound bag is 94 cents, so quite a substantial savings for the store brand. So many times these days store brands are almost as expensive, if not as expensive, as the brand names. Not at Winco. By the way the whipped cream is fantastic. Can't tell the difference between it and the fancy kind at all.

I am going to take the chicken I bought and debone and skin it. I do it all the time when I get chicken breast on mark down, so the thighs should be dead easy. Then I will cut it up for use in fajitas and shawarma. It is so much cheaper than buying boneless skinless chicken thighs.

I am cutting the larger chuck steaks down into smaller steaks as well. They are so big I can easily cut them all in thirds to get appropriate portion sizes. That will turn 4 steaks into 12, which is 3 meals for our family of 4.

I still need to buy bread and milk and hot dogs, but I have $70 left in the grocery envelope to do that with.

6 Responses to “Grocery Spending Tracking”

  1. Smallsteps Says:

    It is amazing the difference in price on many items at WINCO. I shop there often but a few items I need to go to Safeway for as well. Sounds like you did very well on this trip.

  2. debtfreeme Says:

    Sinclair Customer Metrics secret shops Winco if you are interested. Each store is usually twice a month and pays between 20-25 per shop (depends on the state). It takes me about 20 minutes to enter the report. I make about 100-125 per month doing them.

  3. LuckyRobin Says:

    Smallsteps--I guess when you don't spend any money on advertising you don't have to jack up your prices. It's making a big difference in the grocery budget to buy my meat there, at least until I save up enough again to buy direct off the farm.

  4. LuckyRobin Says:

    Debtfreeme--I might look into that. We only have one Winco within reasonable driving distance, but for something I am doing anyway it sounds good.

  5. Smallsteps Says:

    WINCO has a different idea of business then most places. Although I hear they are thinking of accepting credit cards in the near future saving all those fees was a good plan Recently an employee told me and another customer they actually SAVE up for every new location or changes they make. They cut slow moving items and buy many special purchases.

    A far cry from other chains. I worked for a large grocery chain that if you look at financials they have refinanced and sold debt bonds over and over for decades because they had close to 8 Billion in debt (last time I looked about 5 years ago) / so I googled total debt for (KR) today site listed as 15.59 Billion wow imagine the interest on that !!!

  6. LuckyRobin Says:

    I hope they never take credit cards. It will drive up prices to counter the fees credit companies charge.

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