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Anatomy of a $167 grocery shop

April 25, 2016

This week’s groceries

Total spend this week: $167. On track for 15000 bonus FlyBuys points, plus this shop got me 660 bonus points from the coupons I got in the mail.

There were probably a few things at Coles I could’ve held back until next week’s shop given that I only had to get to $110, but I didn’t get the meat markdowns until the shop was about to close. $167 is over budget but we were way under last week ($59.65) so it evens out. The story goes: the markdown guy was in the fresh produce area checking salads, and I asked him if he was going to do the meat. He said it was already done and I said I’d noticed a couple of things with the 26/04 on – Coles being closed on the 25/04 for ANZAC Day. He said if I could find anything with that date on, bring it to him and he’d mark it down for me. Well, I found:

  • 1.2kg chicken thigh fillets
  • 2 large chicken breast fillets
  • 1 whole chicken
  • 4 chicken drumsticks (81c!!)
  • 1 tray round steak
  • small tray Angus rump steak
  • 1kg lean beef mince
  • 500gm pork mince

so he acknowledged I won that round. I think the meat guy’s going to get a talking to …

I also found marked down for the public holiday:

  • family size beef and red wine pie $5.20 down from $13
  • superfood salad bowl 49c (90% off – who would pay $5 for a bowl of salad from the supermarket?)
  • 3 tubs of deli salads – had these before, they are yummy – 99c (83% off)
  • 2L apple and mango juice 50c (what we don’t drink today I’ll make into icypoles)
  • 1L milk 19c (date of 27th so we should get through it by then, if not – freeze)
  • Italian pasta marked down from $1.50 to 50c due to new packaging coming in
  • another pack of the granola seed bar mix on clearance, $1 down from $3
  • a box of cereal $2 down from $6 on clearance

The only items in the Coles shop that weren’t on special were the toilet paper (this is very nice toilet paper for the price, I buy it if nothing is on a better special, 20c/100 sheets), the salt, and the Coles brand items: frozen berries (160 bonus FB points), butter, sugar, paracetamol, coconut, and canned tomatoes. The total savings never include markdowns, just the catalogue specials – in total the save was about $135, not $45.

It’s only the two of us until tomorrow so we will eat the three deli salads (couscous & pumpkin, wild rice, and quinoa with feta) plus the ‘superfood salad’ with the last of Saturday night’s roast chicken (which was $5.43, fed 2 adults and 2 kids for Saturday dinner and then in wraps/salad for Sunday lunch, and there’s still some left) for lunch today, then with pie for dinner tonight, then we will take pie and salad to work for lunch Tuesday. All will be used up by the 26th, the best-before date.

At Spudshed my $1 prepack item was a huge shopping bag full of red apples, maybe 2.5kg? Most are fine, the others I’ll use for cooking or feed to the guinea pigs. The $4 prepack item was 5 avocadoes, these have been super expensive lately ($2-$3 EACH) and both M and I and his elder daughter LOVE them so 5 for $4 is pretty good. The pizza was a markdown, $5.99 to $1.99 and they are nice pizzas which can be frozen. Chicken mince was a 50% off markdown too. Frozen meal M takes to work, not too bad a price all things considered (I won’t eat them). Fruit and veg all very cheap as you can see from the receipt. We still had oranges, green apples and some bananas left for fruit, and a couple of zucchinis, capsicum, sweet potato, onions, carrots, baby spinach left for vegies.

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