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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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  • momsav October 06, 2017

    How wonderful that you got to stock up this month! I love the feeling that we’re set for food. No panic when bills come due because I know we’ll have decent meals.
    Since my Summer job is always about six months long, I keep a running list of things I want stocked for when the job ends. These past two weeks, i’ve Stocked up on chocolate chips (1.77 bag), dark cocoa from WallyWorld, it never goes on sale here, deodorants from the Target coupon special, soy milk from Dollar Tree, butter @ 3.00 lb (yikes!) vinegar bought with a Summer rain check for 1.99 gal., a couple of sunflower oils that never go on sale, large boxes of baking soda for cleaning and moleskin.
    We should be getting a call about our half pig that we ordered. This is the first time we’ve done this since we moved here. We used to buy pork this way years ago when we had kids at home. My husband will be eating a lot of pork!
    A new Aldi’s is opening next Thursday! I am so excited for this! It’s over an hour away but closer than the one that’s over two hours away. I have no idea what i’ll Buy. But, I plan on being one of the first through the door! We’re low on ground beef, so I will probably get some of their 85/15 in the rolls. I’ll check out their butter of course, coconut oil, maybe some soups for when my husband wants something quick. (Freezer soup is not in the ‘quick’ category for him.) I’ll check their chicken prices while i’m There, too. I always overspend when I see an Aldi’s so i’m Really going to try not to do that this time!

  • Marisa October 06, 2017

    My frugal accomplishments:
    -Making homemade artisan rosemary bread that would cost us about $5.50/loaf at the grocery store for 45cents.
    -Packing lunches for all three kids each day for the weak.(Lunch at our schools are now $3.75/per kid per day. I can make them lunch for less than .50cents/day for each kids).
    -Packing lunch for my husband.
    -Cooking all dinners for us this week.
    -Remembering a classic British coat, that appears to be in style(Thank you Youtube), that I have kept for 25 years. It was very expensive 25 years ago, very well made, looks great and even my kids think it looks nice.
    -Again thank you Youtube, bought some good quality cutting shears and cut my own hair this week. Broke even with just one hair cut. Now I am cutting/dying my own hair, cutting hubs and my sons hair. Will be cutting my daughters hair too...I figure all combined with the going rate for those services we will be saving $210/month.

    I purchase potatoes and onions at my restaurant supply store. Right now the potatoes are 50#'s for $8.59 and onions are about the same price. Now that it is cold, I will buy one of each and they last nicely in my cold garage.

  • Denise October 06, 2017

    I just walked out into a garage that smelled like death. My big stand-up freezer has gone down and everything, including 20 pounds of butter bought on sale, is gone. Meat, frozen veggies.....I could go on and on. It's all gone. So I will be looking at sales for a lot come the holidays.

  • lillianna October 06, 2017

    Dear Denise, I am so sorry for your loss. This is my worse nightmare. I hope by some small chance your insurance will cover it. I pay a dollar or two more each month on my homeowners for this very reason. I wish there was some way to help. I am in Atlanta ?

  • Denise October 07, 2017

    Lillianna you are so sweet. We are okay. Just disappointed. Everything in there was purchased on sale and most often with a coupon on top of that. I just cringed when I tossed out my garden stuff and my butter stash. Who would have thought thirty years ago that I would value butter :)

  • Becky October 06, 2017

    What a heartbreak! I'm so sorry. That is the reason that I push every freezer door with my hand, out of habit, everytime I am anywhere near them. I've had them left open before, mostly by a child who didn't mean to, but it still melted...... At our old house, I went out to the garage where they were, and pushed them every night before bed. I was able to catch the problem several times doing that.

    It sounds like yours broke. If it smelled so bad, you probably didn't save anything. We had that happen when we moved--one of ours that was in my mother-in-law's garage died after we put it in there while we were between houses, and we lost a lot of meat and berries. The meat hurt.

  • Denise October 07, 2017

    I have been online and trouble-shot the freezer. It sounds as if it the evaporator condenser fan. I have replaced one in my refrigerator/freezer before. I am learning to research things on my own and replacing it myself if it is not too detailed. I saved my refrigerator as I am not willing anymore to put $200+ dollars in a service call. The fridge evaporator fan was about $40. This one for the freezer is $45 and it is supposed to be here this week. We will journey on. Fortunately this freezer held my "deals". Things that has been bought in bulk and purchased with coupons. It did have some garden produce in it and that stung to toss. However, my freezer that holds all my meat is fine. That would have been a huge loss. Now to stock up on seasonal turkeys and hams.

  • Oh, Denise, I am so sorry!

  • Laurie October 08, 2017

    This is horrible. I am sorry. Is it possible that it is covered under your homeowners?

  • Juls Owings October 09, 2017

    Was there a few years ago. Check with your ins agent about coverage. We didn't get much back after the deductible but it was worth the filing.

  • lillianna October 06, 2017

    I would like to add some variety to our meat supply. I am thinking:
    25 lbs pork loin
    25 lbs ground turkey
    coconut oil, olive oil, and canola oil
    lg pack of bacon
    I am honestly about as stocked as I could possibly be and am at a loss as to what to buy with our assistance this month. My chest freezer won't hold much more and I am cautious over my refrigerator. My warning beep has disappeared on it's own. I am thinking I may buy some coffee for my son as a Christmas present. That is a luxury item that I do not normally buy. Meanwhile , I am so grateful to have restocked my stockpile.I am positive we can easily eat off of this for two more years. We have not shopped much since I replenished it in June of 2016 and we used our goods prior to that for almost 5 years. My great grandmother always said to be a good squirrel and put away for the winter.

  • What about more fruit? Say, bananas and apples? Perhaps you can get lettuce and tomatoes and enjoy some salads with what is in your pantry.

  • Becky October 07, 2017

    You could stockpile lots of non-perishibles that you don't normally have (or maybe you do have but you could get more) such as a case of olives, canned salmon, chocolate chips and/or dipping chocolate for Christmas baking, crackers, Chex cereal and pretzels for Chex mix, etc. Then, you could make holiday treats to give away for presents, or give people a Dollar Store basket or gift bag with goodies in the basket or bag--some baked goods and some cans of special things like clams or whatever you think is special. Years ago, before she died, my Grandma liked nothing better than a nice selection of canned seafood for Christmas. It was a huge luxury to her, and she was at the point of life where she didn't need more non-consumable items for her tiny mobile home. Coffee is a great idea for gifts. You could do the ingredients for a recipe, and include the recipe. You could add an embroidered dish towel or home-made potholder, or what ever you like to make or can buy at a low price somewhere and end up with really nice gifts, using the resources that you have.

    I also agree with Brandy about the fresh fruit and vegetables. There have been many times when I've passed up grapes, for instance, because they are so much money per pound. You could get some fruit that is normally over your price point for yourself and your daughter, and keep her, and yourself healthier this winter. Maybe oranges? Apples? Those both store well.

    You could also buy 1 or 2 items to just warm up in the oven like tator tots or fish sticks. While you probably don't want to eat that way all the time, I seem to remember that you have had some accidents and I would assume you would have a time now and then where you don't feel very well. A couple of convenience foods might help you during those times. There might even be healthier options than what I have mentioned available. They might taste like cardboard, so might not be a bargain in any case, but it might be worth a try.

  • Denise October 07, 2017

    Lillianna use those funds. If you show a trend that you are not using them, there is a possibility they could take them away. Buy that coffee your son loves. That would be a wonderful Christmas gift. Buy canned vegetables and put them away. Most have a shelf life of around 2 years. Jarred pasta sauces also have a long shelf life. Peanut butter has a shelf life of around a year. I wish you well.

  • lillianna October 07, 2017

    Thank you for all your support and ideas. I feel like some of my stockpile options are limiting my efforts. My chest freezer is full as well as the one in the kitchen. I would like to can some fruits and meats but that also is not possible at this time. My pantry stockpile is substantial. I have another large metal shelving unit that we are going to add to the pantry. I am being told we will receive benefits for four more months. I am going to buy another chest freezer and stock it with meats. I have made a list of every canned item I can think of and will be adding them to the new shelving unit. In addition to the average canned goods I have luxury items added. Like clams, clam juice, oysters and crabmeat. I will be adding extra baking supplies to do special activities with sugar cookie. Like making marshmallows. This is about 1400.00 for us and is an unbelievable amount of money for me to spend. I will be filing my disability after my next surgery. My check wont be much. There are so many times in my life that I left my job because sugar cookie had severe medical issues. All is well here. I have always been frugal even when times were good. The house and car are payed for and me and sugar cookie will be just fine. I will continue to add to this current stockpile buying the lowest prices available. With the holiday season sales coming soon, I should get some great deals. Sugar cookie will be home from a two month vacation next week. She loves fruit and that is on my list.

  • Andrea Q October 07, 2017

    If you really run out of ideas, buy some things and donate them to a food pantry. Most people struggle to get through the month with the benefits they are given. Bless others with your good fortune.

    I would buy expensive things...high quality steaks, haddock and salmon, raw honey, maple syrup, coconut oil, organic safflower oil, raw almonds, baking chocolate, fresh berries, etc. Coffee might be a treat on your normal budget, but this atypical. Buy things you'll enjoy!

  • Juls Owings October 09, 2017

    That is true Denise as I know my ex son in law just got warned about that by his case worker. He is dying from Kidney failure and has his son by my daughter(she felt he should stay with his dad until He couldn't take care of him since she knew he was dying). He started stocking canned goods of pasta, beef stew, hash etc that if needed grandson could heat up in microwave when he was having a bad day.

  • Tammy Littlejohn October 07, 2017

    So excited! My first book is available on amazon now! It is called "I Like You Sooo Much That I Love You". It is the first book in A Mother's Love series. I wrote it with my son who inspired it! It has taken a while to get in out on kindle. We hope to have a print version available soon!
    Hubby's job is holding out. We have been eating at home and will continue to do so this month. We have a lot of bills coming in. I was in the hospital twice this month. But I am feeling better and very excited about my first book!

  • momsav October 08, 2017

    Tammy, Congratulations! How nice that your son was the impetus for it! That will be a great memory!

  • Juls Owings October 09, 2017

    Congrats Tammy. That is wonderful

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