Grocery Costs

Adapted from an original post made to my blog.

This is not an exhaustive list, but hopefully it will give you an idea of what you can expect to pay for grocery items when combining sale prices with coupons.

Please note:  I have been able to get almost every item on this list for free or much less than the price listed at various times, but these prices reflect the MOST that I am willing to pay for an item.  So, consider each price listed as, “up to $___”). These costs are dependent on brands, regions, seasons, and your store’s coupon policy.

Meat:

Chicken: less than $2/ lb

Ground beef: less than $2/ lb

Bacon: $2

Sausage: $2

 

Refrigerator and Dairy products:

Yogurt cups: 37 cents

Yoplait 4-pack (or similar): $1

Sour cream: 50 cents

Cheese shreds: $1

Cheese sticks: $2.50

Butter quarters: $1

Spreadable butter: 50 cents

Pillsbury crescents and grands: 75 cents

O.J. (not from concentrate–usually Tropicana): $2

 

Canned/boxed goods, snacks, bread, and freezer items:

Boxes of pasta: 50 cents

Pasta sauce (jar): $1.25

Uncle Ben’s Ready Rice (or similar): 50 cents

Progresso soup (or similiar): 50 cents

Stuffing box: 50 cents

Tomato paste (small): 29 cents

Evaporated milk: 50 cents

P-nut butter: $1

Salad dressing: $1

Ketchup/Mustard: 75 cents

Canola or Veggie Oil (large): $1.89

Spices: $1.09 (Aldi)

24 pack water bottles: $2.79

Betty Crocker baking pouches or boxes (cakes, brownies, cookies, muffins): 80 cents

Frozen bags or boxes of veggies: 75 cents

 

Produce:

Seasonal

 

Diapers/Wipes/Baby Items:

Diapers: 16 cents/ diaper (depending on size, can be much less)

Wipes: less than 2 cents/ wipe

Johnson products: less than $2 each

 

Paper Products/ Misc:

Kleenex: 67 – 92 cents

Toilet paper: 12 dbl rolls: $4.99

Paper towel: 50-80 cents a roll (that’s for the Bounty Select-a-Size)

Napkins: $1.50 per large package

Tide (or similar): $2.50 / 32 loads

Box of dryer sheets: $2.99

Reynolds Wrap/ Plastic Wrap: 75 cents

12-pack of Coke: $3.33

Bread: less than $2/ loaf

 

Cereal/Snacks:

Not more than $1.50/ box; usually about $1/ box.

Granola bars: $1

Ritz crackers: $1.50

 

Organic/ Meatless

Canned goods: $1

Kashi: $2

MorningStar Meatless products: $3

 

Personal Care: $5-$10

Deodorant: $1

Shampoo: $1

Tooth brushes: 50 cents

Tooth paste: 50 cents

Floss: free

 



Comments

  1. Michelle Polon says:

    Hi Andria

    It’s Michelle from the FPU class. You are a clever clever girl. I am so impressed by your site. I suppose if my husband can get me to go to FPU class, I can take a few things off your site and incorporate into our life. I honestly don’t think I have the patience for couponing but I will give it a shot. Give me your take on Costco. I buy all my organic meat, chicken, milk and eggs there. Thank you Andria! Michelle

    • Thanks, Michelle! You are kind. 🙂 I haven’t been to Costco myself, but I know it’s very similar to Sam’s, and we have a membership there through Todd’s job. I used to shop there a lot, but when I started couponing I found that I could easily beat their prices at Giant Eagle, Kuhn’s, or Shop ‘n Save. I get my meat at Sam’s when they put the orange “reduced” stickers on it. I buy for a whole month at about 40% off their already-low prices. We only spend about $50/month on meat with this method.

  2. Carla Adams says:

    Hi I saw an article in the newspaper concerning your class on Nov 1. I would LOVE to attend your class with my husband however it is just not in the budget. I do have a question for you, I am in the wellsburg,wv area and I normally shop at Krogers, why does it seem like they are trying to prevent extreme couponing?

  3. Carla Adams says:

    Hi I saw an article in the newspaper concerning your class on Nov 1. I would LOVE to attend your class with my husband however it is just not in the budget. I do have a question for you, I am in the wellsburg,wv area and I normally shop at Krogers, why does it seem like they are trying to prevent extreme couponing?

    • Hi Carla!

      Thanks for getting in touch! I know that Kroger stopped allowing the eCoupons to stack with the paper coupons. Have they changed anything else in their policy lately? Do they have a limit on the number of coupons you are able to use? We are seeing some store crack down on couponing a bit, and that is so disappointing. So far I don’t feel like the changes have affected our budget too much. Do you have any other good grocery stores in your area?

      • Hi, Andria, I attended your class in Steubenville, OH last night where I learned alot and had a wonderful time! 🙂 Carla talks about Kroger cracking down on coupons. The Weirton, WV store now limits 3 coupons per item. Not sure if all their stores have that limit. There is a Shop-n-Save in Weirton, and of course, Reisbecks in Wintersville. Thanks again for sharing your tips with us. Every little bit helps.

        • You are welcome, Nora! I hope it was helpful. Even with the limit of 3, you can still do really well with your coupons at Kroger. I believe you have to wait 24 hours and then you can shop again with a new set of coupons. Hope that helps!
          Best,
          Andria

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