I was a little nervous as I wanted to serve good food and yet not spend too much money. I have always had a habit of buying way to much food and a lot goes to waste. So, I scanned my pantry and freezer and made a mental note of the things I already had as I decided on my menu.
I have to tell you that it was a success. I stayed exactly at my budget, the food was great and I even had leftovers (more on this later) . Not all the food I bought was for the party. I still needed to get items for us to have during the week.
Here is what I bought:
The first trip was to Pathmark where I spent $25.40 for a 60% savings. I took advantage of the great sale items like the Arm & Hammer, water (needed for the party), ice cream, electrasol (don’t go out and buy these just yet…better sale is coming soon…stay tuned). As you can see I have 3 packages of Nestea. If you remember my match ups I was a bit skeptical about the sale that was advertised. Well I was right…it was too good to be true. However, I was able to get it for that price. I was at Pathmark at 7:00 am on Friday and they didn’t even have a chance to find out that it was advertised incorrectly so they had to honor it. I have been back since and there are now signs correcting the misprint. So in this case..the early bird gets the worm. Hehe!
Then I was on to ShopRite. There I spent $46.16. I picked up the Hefty bags they had/have on sale for .19¢ with coupon, the Total Cereal for .38¢ with coupon, pizza dough, deli turkey & cheese. The rest was for the party. Even though I didn’t have coupons for everything, I made sure that what I was buying was a least on sale..including the Friendly’s Ice Cream Cake which was on price plus for $2.00 off.
All together I spent $74.56 which includes my son running out (see there are advantages for him getting his driver’s license) and getting 2 can of baked bean…with a coupon of course!