Zero to Stockpile Challenge – Cindy’s Shopping Trip #12 – 9 lbs of Ground Turkey

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We are halfway through the Zero to Stockpile Challenge and I’m beyond excited with the results. Well, I knew what the results would be, I mean, if you’ve been to any of my workshops, I talk about the stockpile in detail.

But, here I am, ten years after starting my first stockpile, reliving every minute of it and loving the results.

This week I was able to add ground turkey, bacon, English muffins and some cleaning supplies to my stocked up on list. And, as of today, I’m $125 under budget and exactly to where my original budget was.

Now, let’s not get all happy with that $75 a week spending. It’s still only week number six. My stockpile is really good but not great. I still have six weeks to go to get it great. So, I do anticipate a few weeks here and there where I pop back up on my spending a bit. But, I’m beyond happy being where I am right now.

With no inserts this coming weekend, I anticipate it being a little slow on the deals. If that is the case, I may be doing some Costco shopping as there are a couple of things I could use from there.

Because I get these questions when I post my shopping trips, I’m going to try to answer some of the most common questions/comments now.

  1. Why didn’t you do this deal or that deal: The point of the Zero to Stockpile Challenge is to show you that you don’t have to do every single deal out there, and you especially don’t need to be carrying more than one store loyalty card. I’m doing the deals that are important to my family. Yes, I may do a deal if it makes me money but sometimes I don’t have all the coupons, ecoupons or rebates available to me making it, not as great a deal for me. And, so I just skip it.
  2. There was a coupon/rebate for that, why didn’t you use it: I don’t have all the coupons available for every deal for a few reasons. First, maybe my inserts didn’t have them. Second, if it’s a printable, I might have reached my limit on the prints. Third, for rebates, I might have already used the rebate or I don’t have the rebate available to me. There are times when the deal is good enough even without coupons to take advantage of it. I don’t want to pass up a great price on something just because I didn’t have a coupon.
  3. That item was available at a lower price at such and such a store. Why did you buy it at a different store? Probably one of the main reasons I bought it at the store I did and at the price I did is because I didn’t want to or have time to go to another store for that item. While I’m known to run into stores for one deal, its usually because I’m passing that store on my regular errands. If that is the case, I’ll do the deal at the other store. If I have to make a special trip just for one item, it’s not worth it to me in time and gas.
  4. Why do you buy so much meat? Won’t it go bad before you can use it? Your freezer is your friend. Stocking up on meat when it’s at their lowest price is one of the best ways to save money on your groceries. Most meats can stay in your freezer, if packaged properly, for up to a year. That’s plenty of time for me to eat up the meats I buy.

Remember, this is real life shopping. I’m not shopping for a great blog post picture or for a great Instagram picture. This is my real life shopping, big or small, perfect or imperfect.

Here are the items I still need to stock up on. Some of these items I already have in my stockpile but would prefer to have more:

  • Coffee (sale coming Sunday)
  • Almond Butter
  • Canned Tuna
  • Butter
  • Paper Plates
  • Napkins
  • Dish Soap
  • Tomato Paste
  • Tomato Sauce
  • Foil
  • Band-Aids
  • Brown Rice
  • Dental Floss
  • Tissues

Hope your stockpile is getting bigger and your grocery spending is smaller.

Be sure to visit the Zero to Stockpile page so you can read all about this Challenge I gave myself and how you can do it as well.

My Budget Tracking

Here is what I bought and how much I spent. You can see my progress by viewing the following documents:

If you are unsure why I increased my budget or why I donated my entire stockpile, you can read more about that here.

This Week’s Shopping Trip

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Pictures of My Current Stockpile

Updated after this shopping trip!

Top left: Paper Goods
Top Right: Beauty Products (left side)/Cleaning Products (right side)
Bottom Left: Food
Bottom Right: Freezer

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  • Lady J

    Any good recipes for the ground turkey? I have never tried it, but am intrigued. My family is against the idea (not that they’ve ever tried it). Does it work in tacos instead of regular meat? Meat loaf? I’m going to have to sneak it to them.

    • Connie

      I use it in chili and spaghetti sauce all the time. Haven’t tried it any other way yet.

      • Diane Turner

        I make ground turkey tacos and they’re delicious! Also, freshly made turkey burgers are way better thgan frozen!

    • Belinda Opperman

      I use the turkey in tacos and chili, the kids cant tell the difference as the flavor is from the spices and to them taste the same.

    • Jaime

      I use it in tacos all the time. The texture is the same as ground beef and it tastes very similar with all the taco spices.

    • Michelle Feliz Larsen

      I had the same dilemma. I googled and found a turkey burger recipe that was really yummy. (I’ve made it twice already) You add Lipton Onion soup mix, bread crumbs and Hellmann’s mayo. You can probably make it into a meatloaf also.

    • BM

      I use it in tacos, turkey burgers (use the taco seasoning its amazing!), and meatloaf. My boys do not eat beef, so I had to come up with ways to supplement recipes with turkey.

    • Lady J

      What a great conversation everyone. I will be brave and try it.

    • Jen

      Years ago i did tacos and if i remember they were very similar to ground beef. I haven’t done ground turkey in a long time.

    • I make this on my Instagram account all the time. It’s like a Turkey Bolognese. Saute diced onion and carrots, can do green peppers too if you want. Honestly you can add almost any veggie. Then push them to the side and saute the ground turkey right in the same pan (I’m all for less mess). Pour your favorite jar sauce over it or, use your homemade sauce that you had frozon in a ball jar (wide mouth is best for freezing) (adding another quick and easy meal planning tip in there too ;). After it boils up, lower it to low and let it sit for about 30 min (more is better but if you are rushed, 30 will do). We put over spiralized parsnip or zucchini but you can put it over rice, quoina or pasta. Oh of course, top with grated parm or romano cheese. One of our, go to family favorites.

      Edited: Add, salt, pepper, basil to make it extra yummy.

      • FYI, another meal planning tip….double the batch and freeze it in ziploc bags for quick and easy meals at a later date.

    • Lesley

      I used ground turkey for tacos all the time. Maybe with the taco seasoning your family won’t notice, especially with cheese and other toppings. I rarely ever buy ground beef anymore. I have also used ground turkey to make cheeseburger macaroni from scratch instead of having Hamburger Helper. Chili as well is very goof with it as well.

    • Laura D.

      My SIL makes it in lasagna, no one can tell it’s not chop meat.

    • tim

      I agree with the taco idea… usually for me i double up the taco seasoning vs the normal per pound weight. Thats just me though.
      I have also made a turkey burger, mix with cheddar cheese, small diced peppers.
      Grill and baste with soy sauce.

    • Lesley

      Salisbury steak, too, was very good with ground turkey.

    • Ang In CT

      I do turkey chili in the crockpot. You could use your favorite recipe and replace the ground beef with the ground turkey.

  • Eliane Sovich

    My SS coupon is for $4.00 off when I spend $16.00 on Butterball products. Why don’t I have yours?

    • Rocky

      The S* One or Many deals have had varying amounts for quite awhile, now. Mine is also $3/$10, but, I’ve had other offers that were much higher spend amounts, while others had lower amounts for the same deal.

  • EmC

    The Krusteaz muffin coupon will work with the pancakes?

    • Kathy

      I was wondering about that too – only mentions muffin mix on the coupon

      • Dawn

        This was an example of improper coupon use, makes all of us look bad.

        • Tracy Z

          And you never make mistakes? She admitted she didn’t realize it and shouldn’t have done it. It does not make all of us look bad. If anything, it shows that we ALL are human and can make a mistake.

        • It was not correct coupon use, you are right. I made a mistake. I’m human. Now, let’s move on and continue to save by building our stockpile, which is the whole point of this challenge. 😉

        • Rocky

          You’re in time out. Go sit in the corner until you’re ready to apologize!

    • Oh shoot, I didn’t even realize. I was so focused on the shoprite ecoupon. It went through but I should not have done that. I should have gotten the muffins. Actually, I would have liked the muffins better 🙁

  • tim

    How many devices do you print from?
    Maybe it would be a good idea for the next post.
    Personally I can do it from 10 computers at work if I think the deal is good enough

    • It depends on the coupon source. We have 2 computers and my phone so I can usually get 6 prints. I’m good with that.

  • Eliane Sovich

    But I have to spend another $6.00!

    • I did spend that much. The grass is always greener 😉

  • Sandy McConky

    You did fantastic Cindy! Can I ask what brand of ground turkey you buy? Lately the ground turkey I have been getting has had bone in it. Do you have this problem?

    • Sandy McConky

      Sorry for the dumb question. I just noticed it was Butterball.

  • pickup thatpenny9

    Hey Cindy,
    why do u keep spices in your freezer & how long do they last? Noticed them in ur pic

    • Well, truth be told, I’ve never done it before now. I recently read that the spices stay fresher longer if you keep them in the freezer. So, I’m giving it a try. Can’t hurt I suppose.

  • BM

    Hi Cindy,
    Please share the video you mentioned on your Facebook post on how to freeze english muffins… tried to Google it but couldn’t find it 🙁
    Thank you!

  • Ann Cava

    i love your site it saves me so much money and i don’t work so it really helps just wanna say thanks

  • ljfromnj

    My SR would not honor the Purina deal, they said it was double dipping. I would have tried another one, but I have been sick all week and the sale is over tonight. I was going to donate it anyway since my dog doesn’t eat that kind.