Southern BBQ dinner

  • 1/4 chicken w/ BBQ sauce
  •  potato salad or Cole slaw
  • baked beans
  • salad
  • 1/2 can soup
  • corn bread
  • iced tea

Full-price cost*: 3-course Dinner @$4.04; plate @3.32¢

Bargain cost*: 3-course Dinner @$1.98; plate @1.51¢

Smart-shopping cost*: 3-course Dinner @$1.50; plate @1.11¢

*cost for meal with iced tea; add 14¢ w/milk

Kroger’s Heritage Farms chicken quarters are usually $6.90 per bag, occasionally on sale for $5.99. You get 10 lbs., which often comes to 10 quarters (sometimes 9 to 11 pieces).

I wait until they are on sale for $3.90 per bag, then buy four bags and put the quarters into individual lunch bags (3 cents each) and freeze them. For this page, I used a price of .39 per quarter (includes sandwich bag).

If you’re a Publix shopper, they put their $1.50 chicken quarters on BOGO. You pay half price, but still about .75 per pound per Kroger’s on-sale price of .59. From what I’ve seen on the Internet, the big buyer’s clubs don’t come close to Kroger’s price for some reason.

19¢ – 1/2 can of soup (Aldi 10.5 oz. or Publix Progresso 18.5 oz. on BOGO + digital coupon

20¢ – salad

49¢ – chicken quarter, BBQ sauce

15¢ – potato salad (Kroger manager’s special)

30¢ – 1/2 can of baked beans

.19¢ – 12 oz. milk

12¢ – corn bread

5¢ – ice tea

Tex-Mex breakfast

 

  • 2-egg omelet with Mexi-blend cheese
  • 1/3 can (5.3 oz) refried beans
  • Salsa
  • Slice of bread
  • 2 tomato slices
  • 16 oz. glass of orange juice or V8 spicy tomato juice

 

Full-price cost = $

Doz. medium eggs a Kroger =

 

Bargain cost = $

Smart-shopping cost = 86¢

14¢ – Eggs on sale at Aldi and Kroger at 89¢ per dozen (two eggs = .14¢)

14¢ – Shredded cheese is a guesstimate. I bought Kroger cheese @1.77 and used a Kroger digital coupon for 65¢ when buying 2. = 14¢ per serving?

2¢ – Salsa was a BOGO at Publix. 24 oz. Jar of Pace for 99¢ – 40¢ Kroger coupon they honored.

17¢ – Refried beans were dented cans at 50¢/3 servings

3¢ – Bread was 50¢ per loaf at Kroger (manager’s special)

20¢ – Tomatoes full-price – 2 slices = 20¢

16¢ – Orange juice was Kroger’s frozen at 96¢ can. 2¢ per oz. X 8 oz. = 16¢. V8 was on sale at Publix, BOGO. Regular price was $1.79. BOGO was $1.40. I used a $1 paper coupon when buying 2 and got the 48 oz. bottle for .90¢

 

Baked chicken dinner

  • 1/4 chicken
  • mashed potatoes
  • green beans
  • salad
  • 1/2 can soup
  • bread
  • 12 oz. milk

Full-price cost = $

Bargain cost = $

Smart-shopping cost = 3-course Dinner @$1.38; plate @47¢

Kroger’s Heritage Farms chicken quarters are usually $6.90 per bag, occasionally on sale for $5.99. You get 10 lbs., which often comes to 10 quarters (sometimes 9 to 11 pieces).

I wait until they are on sale for $3.90 per bag, then buy four bags and put the quarters into individual lunch bags (3 cents each) and freeze them. For this page, I used a price of .39 per quarter (includes sandwich bag).

If you’re a Publix shopper, they put their $1.50 chicken quarters on BOGO. You pay half price, but still about .75 per pound per Kroger’s on-sale price of .59.

.19 – 1/2 can of Progresso soup (Aldi 10.5 oz. or Publix Progresso 18.5 oz. on BOGO + digital coupon

20¢ – salad

22¢ – chicken quarter

12¢ – mashed potatoes (Aldi)

15¢ – green beans (Aldi)

.19¢ – 12 oz. milk

5¢ – ice tea

3¢ – 12 oz. soda

3¢ – bread

Spaghetti dinner

OK, it’s mostaccioli, but the price is the same for spaghetti, fettucini, shells, penne, etc.

  • pasta
  • tomato sauce
  •  chunk-light tuna in the sauce
  • salad w/dressing
  • bread
  • milk

Full-price cost:

Bargain cost:

Smart-shopping cost: 65¢

I never pay more than 50¢ for a box of pasta – even brand name pasta like Ronzoni or Mueller’s. I usually find jars of store brand pasta sauce for 99¢. I recently found Mueller’s pasta on BOGO at Publix ($1.47 box / 2 = 74¢). At the same time, Publix had a digital coupon for $1 off for a box of Mueller’s pasta, so I actually could have made a net 24¢ “profit” from the promotion. However, I took advantage of the sale and bought two boxes for 47¢ total. The same week, Publix had Ragu sauce on BOGO and a digital coupon for $1 off two jars, so my final cost was 60¢ a jar. I get five servings from a box of pasta and jar of spaghetti sauce, so each serving was only 17¢ before tax.

Above full price: $3.66

Above full price: $7.32

The prices below are based on a 50¢ box of pasta and a 40¢ can of Kroger tomato sauce. That sauce if pretty thin (almost like soup), but for a working mom who wants to feed her kids inexpensively, it’s not bad. The tuna adds a lean source of protein and is much less expensive than ground beef.

10¢ – tuna

5¢ – pasta

8¢ – tomato sauce

19¢ – 12 oz. milk

20¢ – salad

3¢ – bread

Soup & sandwich lunch

  • Tomato sandwich (2 tomato slices, lettuce, bread)
  • 1/2 can of soup
  • 8 oz. milk

Full-price cost = $

Bargain cost = $

Smart-shopping cost = $60¢

The most expensive part of this meal is the tomatoes. If you have a garden, your cost for this meal is only 40¢.

.19¢ – 1/2 can of soup

20¢ – 2 tomato slices

6¢ – 2 slices bread

2¢ – lettuce

.13¢ – 8 oz. milk

Bacon & eggs breakfasts

  • 3 scrambled eggs
  • 3 strips bacon or turkey bacon
  • 2 tomato slices
  • slice of toast
  • 8 oz. glass of orange juice or tomato juice

Full-price cost = $

Bargain cost = $

Smart-shopping cost = 87¢

21¢ – 3 Kroger or Aldi eggs @79¢ dozen

27¢ – 3 slices bacon – closeout at Kroger: $1.75 for 14 slices

20¢ – 2 slices of tomato

40¢ – cup of yogurt

3¢ – slice of bread

16¢ – 8 oz. glass of orange juice or V8 tomato juice

Cereal, yogurt, juice breakfast

  • 1 cup cereal
  • 1 cup milk (8 oz.)
  • Yogurt cup
  • 1/2 banana
  • 8 oz. glass of orange juice or tomato juice

Full-price cost = $

 

Bargain cost = $

Smart-shopping cost = .87¢

8¢ – Kroger house brand cereal

13¢ – 1 cup Kroger milk at $1.99 gallon

11¢ – 1/2 banana

40¢ – Aldi yogurt cup

16¢ – 8 oz. glass of orange juice or V8 tomato juice (see pricing here)

Franks & beans lunch

  • 1/2 can baked beans (8.oz)
  • 2, 1.5 oz. hot dogs
  • Slice of bread
  • 4 oz. potato salad
  • 12 oz. glass of milk

Full-price cost = $

Bargain cost = $93

Smart-shopping cost = 75¢

I thought I had scored a good deal when I got Gwaltney chicken dogs for $1 per 8-pack…until I found 8-packs of Kroger’s Heritage Farms chicken dogs on manger’s special for 29¢ per pack, or .0375 per hot dog!

30¢ – 1/2 can Kroger house brand baked beans

8¢ – 2 Gwaltney chicken dogs on sale for $1.00 for 8-pack (12 oz.)

15¢ – Kroger potato salad, manager’s special 59¢ for 16 oz. carton

3¢ – Bread was 50¢ per loaf at Kroger (manager’s special)

19¢ – 12 oz. glass of milk at $1.99 per gallon, Kroger

Salmon & asparagus dinner

  • Salmon filet (farm raised)
  • 4 aspargus spears
  • Rice pilaf (1.25 oz)
  • Multi-grain roll
  • Salad with lettuce, tomatoes and dressing
  • Iced tea

Full-price cost = $

Bargain cost = $

Smart-shopping cost = 2.19¢

$1.50 – Salmon (large filet on sale 1/2 price manager’s special, cut into 8 individual portions)

14¢ – 4 asparagus spears (99¢/lb. at Sprouts)

12¢ – rice pilaf (Kroger BOGO on Uncle Ben’s Country Inn rice at 89¢ box)

6¢ – mulit-grain roll (manager’s special)

32¢ – salad (1/8 99¢ head of lettuce w/two 1 tomato slice and dressing)

5¢ – iced tea

Pizza lunch

Pizza and soda

  • 1/2, 12″ veggie pizza (600 calories)
  • glass of soda

Pizza, salad, milk

  • 1/2, 12″ veggie pizza (600 calories)
  • Salad with dressing
  • 12 oz. milk

Full-price cost = $

Bargain cost = $

Smart-shopping cost = 59¢/$1.11

This is one of those crazy deals you will probably never get, and that I probably won’t get again, but these things happen on a regular basis, so you’ll probably get another deal like this on something else in your area. That’s how Smart Shopping works. Keep your eyes open and you’ll keep finding these rare deals without having to jump through hoops.

Tombstone pizzas are as much as $6 each at Publix, but Publix has regular BOGO sales, so you can get them for $3.Ocassionally, Tombstone runs coupons in the newspaper, reducing the price even more.

Kroger sells Tombstone for about $4. Kroger had a special, 2/$4. They also had a digital coupon, buy 2 Tombstone pizzas, get $2 off, so I got 2 pizzas for $2. If I had found a manufacturer’s coupon, I might have got the pizzas for free, but that’s taking advantage of a loophole in the system and is obnoxious.

Another nice, but repeating deal, is Publix soda. They regularly put their 99¢, 2-liter bottles of Publix soda on BOGO, so it’s 50¢ a bottle, giving me a drink for 9¢.

.50¢ – pizza

09¢ – Soda

23¢ – salad

38¢ – 12 oz. glass of milk

Soup & salad lunch

  • 10.5 – 18.5 oz. bowl of soup
  • Wedge salad with cheese and dressing
  • Slice of bread
  • cookie
  • Glass of iced tea

Full-price cost = $

Doz. medium eggs a Kroger =

Bargain cost = $

Smart-shopping cost = 1.25¢

49¢ for Aldi 10.5 oz can of soup

25¢ for 1/4 head of lettuce

10¢ cheese

10¢ salad dressing

3¢ slice of bread (Kroger manager’s special at 50¢ loaf)

10¢ cookie

Iced tea = 5¢ for 12 oz. glass

Stuffed tomato lunch

Surprisingly, this is the second-most expensive of all the meals I’ve posted because it contains the two most (regular) foods I eat: milk and tomatoes. The tomato alone cost $1.18! If you grow your own tomato and substitute a soda for the milk, the price drops from $1.99 to 67¢. Start a garden!

  • 1 tomato
  •  1/2 can chunk-light tuna (2.5 oz.)
  • salad
  • 1/2 can soup
  • bread
  • milk

Full-price cost:

Bargain cost:

Smart-shopping cost: $1.99

$1.18 – tomato at Kroger

19¢ – 12 oz. milk

19¢ – cup of soup

25¢ – 1/2 can of tuna (2.5 oz.)

10¢ – lettuce

5¢ – squirt of mayo

3¢ – bread