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October's Grocery Shopping Plans

Autumn Pears The Prudent Homemaker

Hooray for a sale! I'm happy to be able to do some stocking up this month. I've had a chance to organize what we have and really evaluate what we need, which is quite a lot. 

Consequently, I'll be spending a lot more this month than usual ($500) but many items I buy will last us for many months.

I have already gone to Winco, Target, and Sam's Club, and I'll make my online purchase this week as well. Then I won't head back to the store until the last week of the month for a second trip to Winco. Staying out of the store reduces the temptation to buy things that aren't on the list, and I'll have more time at home to get things accomplished.


Winco: ($82.39)


potatoes (20 pounds)

onions (50 pounds)

Great Northern beans 

brown sugar (only because I forgot to buy it at Sam's Club; it is 6 cents more per ounce at Winco; I bought 6.28 pounds)


spreadable margarine (2)

milk (3 gallons)


sour cream (10)

parmesan cheese (I plan on making and freezing a simple pesto with cheese, olive oil, and basil from the garden. I bought 5 containers of the shelf-stable store brand for this.)

La Victoria salsa (2)

corn tortillas



I'll go back the last week of the month for the following: (approx. $44)

Halloween Candy (their lowest-priced bulk candy, on sale the last week of the month, always ends up being lower than I can get on anything else even with a sale and a coupon. I'll buy extra of a few kinds to use for Christmas stockings.)


potatoes (30 pounds)




Sam's Club: ($159.57)


POM toilet paper  (3 boxes)

ketchup (1 114 oz. container)

vegetable oil (2 3-quart bottles)

vinegar (2-gallon package)

tomato sauce (3 #10 cans)

flour tortillas

mozzarella cheese (10 pounds)


1 box  (of 4 boxes) of gallon-sized  Ziploc freezer bags

1 box  (of 4 boxes) of quart-sized Ziploc freezer bags



Target: ( $166.93, and I got a $20 gift card and a $5 gift card to use next month. If you don't get the ads-and I don't--you can download the Target app, click the barcode symbol at the bottom, and there are two coupons for gift cards that come up. One is a $25 gift card when you spend $100 on baby items, and the second is a $5 gift card when you spend $20 on beauty items. Both are good through Saturday the 7th.)


Salon Graphix Unscented hairspray (4)

borax (4 boxes)

bleach (the store brand)

Neutrogena acne toner

Up and Up diapers ( I bought 5 boxes of size 4 diapers, which should last me 6 months.)


San Fransisco Herb Company: ($47.47 including shipping) 


red raspberry leaves

lemon verbena 

poppy seeds

cocoa powder


The garden is producing lots of basil, some oregano, a bit of chard, and I still have a few lingering pears that we are slowly harvesting.  There isn't much ripe now, but I hope that come December we'll have quite a bit to harvest. The weather is cooling a bit and the tomato plants have started to flower again. I'm planting my fall garden this month.


What are you stocking up on this month?

Canadian readers, please share your Thanksgiving deals!

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  • http://Erika@ The Make Do Homemaker October 03, 2017

    Glad to see you able to spend a bit to stock up on things! It's always a relief to get a few more items in the house.

    Due to the PFD (Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend) coming in this week combined with some holiday pay on the husband's part and paying every penny I could onto dental bills, I will have just enough money left from PFD's to get some things stocked up...mainly peanut free things for my son and things, but I am hoping to get some fresh produce and MAYBE even some cheese besides cheddar for some variety. It would be nice. But necessities and kids come first.

    My list for the month can be found here...


  • Margaret @ApproachingFood October 03, 2017

    V. glad to hear that you are able to stock up on items, despite having a lower income year. This is where your preparation skills and frugal ways combine to help you for the future!

    As for myself, I want to stock up on the following:
    - cans of veggie such as corn were on sale for 77 cents recently, so I bought some of those (different stores had them on sale for different and higher prices for the same week's sale, so I'm glad I always looked through all the flyers online before writing my shopping list for the week)
    - I need to buy beets if they go on sale again, as when they were on sale two weeks ago, they sold out very quickly. I want to make and can pickled beets.
    - I'm also looking for good deals on pears and apples, as I want to can more pears, more pear sauce, pear butter, applesauce, and apple butter. I also want to make an apple crisp or three. (http://approachingfood.com/harvest-apple-crumble/) One for me and the DH, and then one for our respective workplaces. Or maybe 4, if I make one to take to Thanksgiving dinner with my family.
    - I also need to buy some lettuce for salads, as lettuce has yet to grow for me, although one of my repeated plantings of Swiss chard is finally doing well enough that I may just be able to get a large pot of swiss chard and preserved lemon soup (one of my favourite soups) out of it. If I think there will be a frost before they are finished growing, I'll just strip my nasturtium and sweet potato plants for their leaves, and add that in to the swiss chard soup. It's all nutritious greens, after all!
    - I might have to buy a carton or two of lactose-free milk for cereal and/or baking this month, but I have enough milk to make yoghurt towards the end of the month once I finish up my current batch.
    - I've got broccoli in the fridge and freezer, enough to make another huge pot of broccoli cheddar soup, or even two pots, really, so I don't need to buy a lot of veggies, especially as the DH bought some bok choy on sale for a few days ago. (Plus, I have some frozen mixed veggies in the freezer). If I find any sale that are super-good, especially on veggies, fruits, or baking supplies, I will be snapping those up. I saw a sale last week for a 98cents pumpkin so I grabbed that, and will use it as decoration until I process some of it to eat as squash, process some of it as pumpkin filling to be used in pumpkin cinnamon buns, pies, etc. and use the insides as seeds and also for pumpkin gut bread. Now THAT is a great deal on a vegetable!
    - I also need a few spice bottle refills from the local bulk store, but I need to double-check which spices those are. I'll also pick up some beans (different types) while I'm there, but I'll try to wait until a $3 off $10 coupon is available.

    I do expect super good deals this week, but the flyers only come out on the Wednesday for the Thursday or Sat start to the week, so I'll check later in the day and hope to get back to post here with some deals.

  • Kim October 03, 2017

    I feel for you having to buy potatoes and onions. Here in Idaho those are free or almost free. We can glean the corners of all potato fields. I usually glean 100 pounds and when those run out and I have used all my own potatoes I buy. But we can get 10 lb's here for.99. Then onions are picked up free on the side of the road from the onion trucks. Red, yellow and white. I dehydrate a huge amount of these for soups and cooking. Rarely do we buy onions. We also get free garbanzos, split peas, and lentils from the farmers once a year. So I stock up then. I don't know how many times I have helped people out of my food storage. My kids would come shopping at my house while they were in school. I have spent many years where our bills were far more than our take home and that was before groceries. The grocery budget was the only way I could save any money.

  • Cindy in the South October 04, 2017

    Wow, I would love to get free potatoes, onion, garbanzos, split peas and lentils!!! That is so awesome! Potatoes are kind of expensive here. a 10 lb bag usually goes for about $4.99, maybe $3.99, depending on the time of year.

  • Kim October 04, 2017

    I paid $4.99 for a five pound bag of white potatoes last weekend in metro Atlanta. Such a regional difference in price!

  • Linda Higgy October 05, 2017

    Smiths has 10# bags for $2.00 right now. At least in Albuquerque, New Mexico!!

  • Janell in Georgia October 06, 2017

    Check Kroger this week. Russets are 99 cents for 5 pounds. I’m in Perry, but I’m pretty sure we have to same ad.

  • Marcia R. October 04, 2017

    We pay $3.99 for a 5 # bag, and I do BOGO as often as possible. Sometimes my DD and I will share if we both need them at once. 10# is a lot for 2 people to eat before they sprout.

    Sam's Club flour prices are up already. I bought 2,
    25# bags last week which rang up at $7.13 each even though the sign on the shelf was less than $7. Normally I would have brought it to their attention, but since I was walking on a sore foot, I wasn't in the mood to argue. It is SLOWLY getting better but is swollen enough that I can barely get a shoe on it. I suspect a little ballet exercise we did at yoga class is responsible for making it sore--the other foot is just a little sore but the right one is very sore. Had a substitute teacher, so we did some different exercises--surest way to get muscle soreness!

  • kim October 04, 2017

    That is terrible and potatoes are such a staple in our diet.

  • Janell in Georgia October 06, 2017

    Cindy, I don’t know where you are located in the South, but Kroger has #5 russets for 99 cents this week.

  • Patty from the NW October 04, 2017

    That is amazing on your price idaho for onions and potatoes. Do you have a garden there as well? My husband and I are thinking of retiring there in 4 years. My son and grandchildren lives in CDA and we currently live in Puget Sound area in Wa.
    I have a small garden in our small backyard and wondered if on can have a good garden in Idaho as well. Do you happen to know? Thank you for posting. ~ Patty from the NW

  • Maxine October 04, 2017

    No free potatoes in northern Idaho, Patty and others. We don't grow them here. Northern Idaho grows wheat, peas and lentils and timber. I don't know of any gleaning opportunities. Most of the potatoes we get up north are from the Columbia Basin in Washington! (It is much closer). But somebody has them on sale every month or so 10 lb. for .99.

  • momsav October 05, 2017

    Wow, on the potato, onion etc. prices! We’re high on everything being as we’re in the middle of nowhere. (U.P. Of Michigan.) We can’t get a decent newspaper , either. (I’ve been known to drive over two hours for one.)

  • Holly October 08, 2017

    Where did you find the newspaper? I was thinking of moving up north someday. But two hours away from a decent newspaper for sale might be a deal breaker.

  • Nancy October 15, 2017

    Hi There,
    I live in the Boise area and I have a fantastic garden. The growing season is also very long!

  • Athanasia October 06, 2017

    We're the 3rd largest area for potato production but that is still only about 1/4 of what Idaho produces. We can get potatoes 100 lbs for about 10.00 this time of year...gas stations, roadside stands. Same wAy I buy onions and cranberries. I usually buy 2 bags of potatoes and they last us into February. Cranberries I buy 5 pounds. I wash them and put them into quart freezer bags. I always wash and dry the cranberries first. I have seen on the bags in the store that they tell you just freeze the bag as is, but I would never do that. We grow both red and yellow onions so I usually only buy a 50 pound bag of those. As the sales come along for the big 3 potato selling times (Thanksgiving, Christmas and St Patrick) I buy to keep the root cellar stock up to where I want it.

    I need salt, Rumford baking powder (have to get that at the natural food store as the grocer does not carry) , unbleached flour, wild rice, tomato paste in a tube ( I don't use much tomato paste so I prefer to buy it this way)

    mixed unsalted nuts (farm store has best price for these),2 corn chex, 2 rice chex and 4 wheat chex to make chex mix. Christmas MMs, Ohs cereal, Cheeze its, Golden Graham cereal, unsalted peanuts to make another snack mix. Also pretzels for both mixes. Corn syrup 2 small or one big. Golden raisins. These are holiday items and may buy this month or next depending on coupons and the sales. For

    Tortilla chips. Milk skim and 2%. Cottage cheese, veggie hot dogs, brats ( I buy a package every time they are on sale and then wrap in freezer paper. Baby corn...we've had stir fry 3 times recently and used up what I had. Farm eggs 3 dozen. Butter...I know my store of butter is down to about 12 pounds and I usually like 30. Since our grocer sold out it is seldom on sale. Will need to visit the cheese factory as could use more Swiss, mozzarella, extra sharp and regular Cheddar. Will watch for other crackers on sale to go with cheese and sausage etc for holiday snacks. Have 2 turkeys on order from an aunt that raises them, one for Thanksgiving and one for New Years Day. Need to pick up 6 rolls of summer sausage from a cousin who makes it. Have the first 3, the second 3 will be venison so those will come later.

    I haven't seen any coupons for Halloween candy yet. My husband likes to keep the snacksize candy bars out in his office. I also need butterscotch chips and chocolate chips and chow mein noodles.

  • Annie-Blake October 04, 2017

    Great list for the month! This month I have my usual budget of $200-$250 for the month, but like you we have done a bigger than normal shop too. My normal/average spend is $50 per week. However, I spent $77 last week, stocking up on some much needed items. Today I went to the farmer's market and spent $14.65 on 5 pounds of strawberries, 10 bunches of bok choy, brown onion, cucumber, pumpkin, 2 broccoli and a huge cauliflower.

    This month I am making lots of vegetarian stir-fry, egg based meals/boiled egg as a side, using up meats in the freezer that have been in there for a long while (chicken mince, veal mince, sausages, bacon), making natural yoghurt & fruit based popsicles for the children, making quinoa salad (beans, tomatoes, cucumber, raw carrot, red onion, pumpkin seeds, chickpeas, capsicum/peppers) for lots of lunches, making banana muffins (no chocolate chips, I will buy more next month), making biscuits (flour, butter, sugar), making basil pesto (for pasta) & hummus (to go with morning tea foods), taco's and chicken burgers with the chicken mince (this will yield 3 nights of dinners), making spaghetti with the veal mince and using my tomatoes harvested from my garden for the bolognese sauce (I will
    have enough to freeze the sauce for another meal and the remainder will give us 3 nights of dinners), making a creamy pasta with bacon (2 nights of dinners).

    This is a good month and we are also going camping so I have started thinking about what food to take and what the most efficient/effective meals will be while we are there. I am thinking of taking an already cooked dish with us for the 1st nights dinner, so we just re-heat and serve. Then there will also be lots of BBQ's (meat and salads), fresh fruit, oats, hummus, gnocchi for dinner on another evening, cut up and ready to eat (all raw) cucumber, capsicum/peppers and carrot. Of course there will be a few treats for the children.

  • Becky October 04, 2017

    I always take a casserole, or other pre-cooked meal for the first night of camping. It works really well for me because then I don't have to cook from scratch after driving there, and setting up. Or, we do hot dogs over the fire. Either works. Have fun! We haven't gone for a while, now, because we have had to attend to things around here, such as the canning and work, but are looking forward to taking the camper out again when we can. Because my husband is back at work, we have to look for a school break, and plan for rain, as it is getting to be that time of year. We still have fun when we winter camp--it's just different.

  • Rhonda A. October 04, 2017

    The Canadian Thanksgiving is this weekend coming up. There have been lots of holiday sales, most of which I haven't bothered with. We are now well stocked in the freezer with lots of different produce, as I have bought and processed quite a bit over the summer and into September. The 1 item I did buy on sale was Pillsbury Crescent rolls (10 cans), which I will use for meal options (piggies in a blanket or ham and cheese crescent rolls) over the next few months. Cheese has been on sale, but nothing spectacular, so I haven't done a huge stock up on it. We bought 2 turkey breasts for the freezer, as they were on sale. Those will be used for Thanksgiving and Easter. We already have 1 large turkey in the freezer to use for Christmas.

    This month we will make a trip to pick up the flowers from my grandparents graves and stop at the orchard stand for a bushel or two of "C" grade apples. Those will be processed into home canned applesauce, plus apple pies and apple crisp for the freezer, as well as some for fresh eating. We sometimes pick up a pumpkin for Halloween at the same time (depending on when in the month we go). I am watching for a sale on boneless, skinless chicken breasts at Costco, to restock our freezer a bit more as well as make up some chicken souvlaki for the freezer. I may also buy some ground beef and experiment with making some convenient foods with my new pressure canner. Other than that, I will watch the sales and see what great deals come up that are worthy of stocking my pantry with. I'll keep an eye out for baking supplies and maybe some personal hygiene/paper products to stock up on, but we are OK with those at the moment. That's about it for us this month!

  • Jennifer O. October 04, 2017

    I stocked up on 10 lbs of butter last week as it was bogo (unheard of here).
    I will need to stock on jarred garlic, mayo, ginger, and vanilla this month. I'll get more butter if I can get it at a decent price.
    I continue to clear the freezer for a deer (Hopefully, I'm lucky next weekend).
    Otherwise my major stocking will come next month, with the after Halloween candy sales and several turkeys.

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