Want to see what we bought for this week’s $70 grocery budget? I’m currently challenging myself to stick with a $70 budget for our family of five. This includes almost all of our breakfasts, lunches, snacks, and dinners + most household products (toiletries, laundry soap, etc.).
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I was excited about the weekend deals this week! Since the Labor Day sales went through Monday, we split up our budget so that we got some of them last week and some of them this week.
Monday’s Kroger Shopping Trip
5 bags of Tyson Anytizers — $3.99 each with the weekend deals
4 bags of frozen veggies — $1 each
Milk — $2.89
Half & Half — $1.99
2 half gallons Almond milk — $1.99 each
3 dozen eggs — marked down to $1.29/dozen
5 boxes of Betty Crocker brownie and cake mix — $0.50 each with weekend deals
Total with tax: $42.03
I can’t remember the last time I bought Lunchables, but my kids absolutely love them. So when I saw that they were priced at just $0.99 at Kroger this weekend, I surprised them by getting them some. Needless to say, they were THRILLED!
Friday Kroger Shopping Trip
5 boxes Lunchables — $0.99 each with the Friday-Saturday deals
4 lbs. ground beef — marked down to $2.49 each
1 bag of lemons — marked down to $0.99
2 bags of grapes — $0.99/lb.
1 tub lettuce — marked down to $1.79
2 family size boxes of cereal — $1.99 each with the Friday-Saturday deals
Total with tax: $27
What We Ate This Past Week
Note: When you see the meals below, please remember this: I buy ahead often. Which means that when I find a great deal on something I know we’ll use, I buy as much as I can afford in our budget to have on hand.
This means that you aren’t going to see all of the groceries my shopping trip that I used to make all of the meals we ate.
Please also remember that I’m putting this out there and it’s not a perfectly balanced menu. This is just really what we ate — and I hope that it encourages you to see the real-ness and lack of perfection here.
Cereal, Toast, Oatmeal, Eggs, Smoothies
Chicken, Capri Sun, Salad, Roasted Brussels Sprouts, PB & Honey Sandwich, Leftovers, Fruit, Crackers,
Cookies, Eggs, Popcorn, Ice Cream, Apple Crisp, Fruit, Veggies
Sunday — Out to eat at Chili’s
Monday — Chicken, Roasted Broccoli
Tuesday — Chicken/Broccoli/Rice Casserole
Wednesday — Breakfast for Dinner: French Toast
Thursday — Pizza
Friday — Fend for yourself
Saturday — Cereal
Total spent on groceries: $69.03
Cashback earned this week: 675 points for submitting my receipts to Fetch rewards, $0.50 back from iBotta [...]
If you haven’t tried Harry’s yet, you can currently get a FREE shaving bundle! All you’ll pay is shipping!
Harry’s is offering a free three-piece Shaving Bundle right now. You just pay $3 for shipping. This is valued at $13!
In this free set, you’ll get two weeks’ worth of shaving supplies from Harry’s: a Truman razor with a blade (choose from one of three different different colors), foaming shave gel, and a travel blade cover.
I ordered this and was very impressed with what I got for $3 shipped! The razor was seems to be really high quality and I loved the rubberized handle (and it’s fun that you get to choose the color!)
I chose the orange handled razor although I’m not really sure why! I think if I were to do it again, I would choose the blue. Oh well!
When you sign up for this Shaving Bundle, it signs you up for a subscription to Harry’s razors, however, you can choose to cancel before they send your next shipment. I ordered this and I chose the 5-month option (see above).
They said that they will email you before they send your next shipment and you can cancel your subscription then if you don’t want to continue getting shipments. Or, go ahead and cancel it as soon as your first order ships above so you don’t accidentally forget.
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Let me know if you’ve ordered from Harry’s before or have a subscription. I’d love to hear your thoughts.
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You can make money selling wine bottles and corks, but what about soft drink and beer cans and bottles? Yes, you can make money through aluminum can recycling, as well.
Let me tell you a true story.
When I worked in a Michigan casino, we had a soda machine in the break room. Blackjack dealers get a 15-minute break every hour, so it was a well-used machine.
Every hour on my break, I gathered the empty cans and plastic bottles left on the tables and plucked them from the top of the trash can. I rinsed them in the break room sink and put them in plastic grocery bags, 25 in each bag. I took home three to five bags after each shift.
Why? In Michigan, all carbonated beverage containers can be returned for a 10-cent deposit, so I was walking out of that break room with $7 to $13 every shift. By the time the casino management removed the soda machine a year later, I had made an extra $1,500 collecting cans and bottles on my breaks. And that’s in addition to the returnable drink containers I gathered from other sources.
I did well enough, but not as well as another man I met — he paid his entire rent from the empties he collected.
Here’s how you can also make money recycling cans and bottles.
Aluminum Can Prices at Scrapyards and Recycling Centers
If you live in one of the states without a deposit law, the only drink containers worth bothering with are aluminum cans.
Aluminum can prices at scrapyards and recycling centers around the country vary, but not much. A recycling center in Fairfield, Ohio, is paying 33 cents per pound for anything 50 pounds and over, and a scrap metal buyer in Salt Lake City is paying 38 cents per pound.
Prices go up and down but are usually similar throughout the country at any given time. With approximately a half-ounce of aluminum per can, or 32 cans per pound, that makes each one worth about 1.7 cents.
Although there are some people making a living collecting cans in the streets, it isn’t a good living. When my wife and I lived in Tucson, we saw people with garbage bags full of hundreds of cans they had collected from parks and garbage bins, but at less than 2 cents each, even a thousand cans is nothing to get excited about.
The Best Prices: Bottle Deposits
For most of us to get motivated to collect cans and bottles, they have to be worth substantially more than a penny or two. That’s why the best aluminum can prices are in states with “bottle bills,” laws requiring a deposit.
Michigan, like Oregon, has the highest standard deposit at 10 cents. Most other states with such laws have a 5-cent deposit, although some require higher deposits on larger cans or liquor bottles. Ten states and one U.S. territory have deposit laws:
If you live in an area with deposit laws, you probably already know the routine. In Michigan, stores have to redeem your empties for the deposit if they carry that brand, even if that particular can or bottle wasn’t purchased there.
Most of the larger stores now have can and bottle sorting machines that you load yourself (though this can be sticky work). Once you run your empties through the machine, you get a ticket to cash in at any register.
So is there really much money in this? Well, there was that man I met who paid his rent by collecting empties in the streets.
But for most of us, returnable beverage containers are just a way to make a little extra cash.
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Where to Search for Extra Aluminum Cans
Want to do it without resorting to digging through trash cans in parks? Try these places to look for extra cans.
At outdoor music venues, people toss their empties left and right while partying in the parking lot. In northern Michigan, I spoke to a couple who said they made more than $100 in a couple of hours by driving their pickup truck into the parking lot of a concert and loading up the back with all of the empty beer and soda cans there. Of course, it probably took another hour to run all those empties through the sorting machines at the grocery store. Any outdoor concert venue might be worth checking out.
In Traverse City, Michigan, I spoke with can collectors who come from out of town just to make money during the National Cherry Festival each summer. With half a million visitors in one week, it isn’t surprising that there are a lot of empties to pluck off the grass and picnic tables. It might be worth looking into nearby festivals if you live in a state with a deposit on beverage cans and bottles.
Friends and Family
Your friends and family are another good source of returnable empties. I once returned 700 cans for a friend who didn’t want to deal with the pile in his garage; we agreed to split the proceeds, and I kept $35 of the $70.
If family members or friends don’t like to return their empties, you might drive a route to a few homes every two weeks to pick them up. It’s a very earth-friendly thing to do, and a few dollars in cans at each stop might add up to enough money for your time.
If you happen to be collecting empties in a garage or barn that has been around for a while, keep an eye out for certain old cans. Some antique collectible beer cans are worth $35 to $1,000. Regular aluminum can prices range from 1.7 to 10 cents each.
Steve Gillman is the author of “101 Weird Ways to Make Money” and creator of EveryWayToMakeMoney.com. He’s been a repo-man, walking stick carver, search engine evaluator, house flipper, tram driver, process server, mock juror and roulette croupier, but of more than 100 ways he has made money, writing is his favorite (so far).
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Head to Kroger this weekend to score some great deals with these e-coupons!
This weekend, Kroger is offering some great deals when you download the digital coupons! Limit 5 per deal. I’m especially excited about the deals on Danimals and Go-Gurt!
Buy (up to 5) Dannon Danimals (6 ct) – 2.50 (thru 6/11)
Use $0.99 Dannon Danimals (6 ct) Kroger Digital Coupon – Limit 5 (Use ONLY 6/7-6/8)
Pay $0.99, Submit for $1.00/1 Dannon Danimals; Includes 6 ct Ibotta Rebate – Limit 5
Free after coupon and cash back
Buy (up to 5) Yoplait Go-Gurt (8 ct) – 2.50 (thru 6/11)
Use $0.99 Yoplait Go-Gurt (8 ct) Kroger Digital Coupon – Limit 5 (Use ONLY 6/7-6/8)
$0.99 after coupon
Buy (up to 5) Frito Lay or Frito Lay Simply Multipack (16-18 ct) – 6.99 (Reg Price)
Use $4.49 Frito Lay or Frito Lay Simply Multipack (16-18 ct) Kroger Digital Coupon – Limit 5 (Use ONLY 6/7-6/8)
$4.49 after coupon
Buy (up to 5) Coleman Propane (16 oz) – 4.99 (Reg Price)
Use $3.49 Coleman Propane (16 oz) Kroger Digital Coupon – Limit 5 (Use ONLY 6/7-6/8)
$3.49 after coupon
Buy (up to 5) Gillette or Venus Disposable Razors (3-5 ct) – 6.99 (Reg Price)
Use $3.99 Gillette or Venus Disposable Razors (3-5 ct) Kroger Digital Coupon – Limit 5 (Use ONLY 6/7-6/8)
$3.99 after coupon
Buy (up to 5) Olay Daily Facials (33 ct) – 6.99 (thru 6/11)
Use $3.99 Olay Daily Facials (33 ct) Kroger Digital Coupon – Limit 5 (Use ONLY 6/7-6/8)
$3.99 after coupon
Valid June 7-8, 2019 only.
Thanks, Kroger Krazy! [...]