Monthly Archives: January 2019

Under $140 on Groceries for a Family of 5 Saving 43% ~ Countdown of Savings Week 4

This Weeks Stores 1/23/19 – 1/29/19: Aldi, Caputo’s, Jewel-Osco, & Valii Produce

Estimated Retail Price: $241.99
Paid: $138.88
Estimated Savings: $103.11
Got Back: $1.60
Net Price: $137.28

Year to Date Total

Estimated Retail Price: $851.49
Paid: $476.77
Estimated Savings: $374.72
Got Back: $14.90
Net Price: $461.87

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Aldi Haul 1/25/19 ~ Saved Over $30 Compared to Walmart’s Price

Walmart Price: $96.13
Paid: $64.64
Saved: $31.49

Simply Nature Freeze Dried Strawberries 1.2oz $2.99
Walmart Price: ? (Walmart does carry other freeze dried fruit apples, pineapple, mixed fruit Crunchies brand 1oz for $2.98, but no strawberries)

Simply Nature Knock Your Sprouts Off Sprouted 7 Grain Low Sodium Bread 1lb $2.99
Walmart Price: ? (no sprouted 7 grain bread)

L’Oven Fresh Bagels 6ct $1.99
Walmart Price: Lender’s Plain Bagels 6ct $1.88
Saved: -$0.11 overpaid

Clancy’s White Round Tortilla Chips 13oz $0.99
Walmart Price: Great Value Bite Size Tortilla Chips 13oz $1.98
Saved: $0.99

Navel Oranges 4lb bag $1.99
Walmart Price: $1.40lb x4lb =$5.60 ($6.98 5lb bag)
Saved: $3.61

Strawberries 1lb $1.39 x4 =$5.56
Walmart Price: $4.47 x4 =$17.88
Saved: $12.32

Green Grapes $1.29lb @ 1.80lb =$2.32
Walmart Price: $1.88lb @ 1.80lb =$3.38
Saved: $1.06

Avocados $0.49 x8 =$3.92
Walmart Price: $0.88 x8 =$7.04
Saved: $3.12

Mushrooms 8oz $1.49
Walmart Price: Fresh White Mushrooms 8oz $1.77
Saved: $0.28

Happy Farms Cream Cheese 8oz $0.99
Walmart Price: Great Value Cream Cheese8oz $1.46
Saved: $0.47

Friendly Farms Sour Cream 16oz $0.99
Walmart Price: Great Value All Natural Grade A Sour Cream 16oz $1.74
Saved: $0.75

Friendly Farms Almond Milk half gal $2.29
Walmart Price: Great Value Original Unsweetened Almond Milk $2.57
Saved: $0.28

Bake House Creations Refrigerated Pie Crust 15oz $0.99
Walmart Price: Great Value Rolled Dough Pie Crusts $2.24
Saved: $1.25

Simply Nature Organic Whole Milk Vanilla Yogurt 32oz $2.89
Walmart Price: Great Value Organic Low Fat Plain Yogurt 32oz $2.98
Saved: $0.09

Dakota’s Price Garbanzo Beans 15.5oz $0.69 x2 =$1.38
Walmart Price: Great Value Chick Peas 15.5oz $0.72 x2 =$1.44
Saved: $0.06

Happy Harvest Diced Tomatoes 14.5oz $0.69 x2 =$1.38
Walmart Price: Great Value Diced Tomatoes In Tomato Juice 14.5oz $0.74 x2 =$1.48
Saved: $0.10

Clancy’s Pretzel Slims 8oz $1.69
Walmart Price: Snack Factory Pretzel Crisps $2.14
Saved: $0.45

Nature’s Nectar 100% Tomato Juice 46oz $1.39
Walmart Price: Great Value 100% Tomato Juice 64oz $1.97
Saved: $0 (about the same per oz Aldi might be cheaper by a few pennies)

Boulder Quart Size Freezer Bags 40ct $2.29
Walmart Price: Great Value Double Zipper Freezer Bags 40ct $2.68
Saved: $0.39

Stonemill Chili Mix $0.39 x2 =$0.78
Walmart Price: Great Value Chili Seasoning Mix $0.74 x2 =$1.48
Saved: $0.70

Chef’s Cupboard Turkey Gravy 12oz $0.99
Walmart Price: Heinz Home-Style Roasted Turkey Gravy 12oz $1.78
Saved: $0.79

Baker’s Corner Banana Quick Bread & Muffin Mix 14oz $1.79
Walmart Price: Pillsbury Banana Quick Bread & Muffin Mix 14oz $1.98
Saved: $0.19

Simply Nature Organic Lentil Soup 18.6oz $1.79 x2 =$3.58
Walmart Price: Great Value Organic Lentil Soup 18.6oz $2.23 x2 =$4.46
Saved: $0.88

El Milagro Flour Tortillas 12ct $0.95
Walmart Price: Great Value 6″ Flour Tortillas 20ct $2.33 ($1.40 for 12)
Saved: about $0.45

El Milagro 8″ Flour Fajitas 10ct $1.49
Walmart Price: Great Value Medium Soft Taco Flour Tortillas 10ct $1.63
Saved: $0.14

Barissimo Hazelnut Medium 100% Arabica Coffee Coffee Cups 12ct $4.29
Walmart Price: Great Value 100% Arabica Creamy Hazelnut Medium Arabica Coffee 12ct $4.47
Saved: $0.18

Park Street Deli Guacamole Mini Cups 6ct $3.29
Walmart Price: Freshness Guaranteed Guacamole Mini Cups 6ct $3.98
Saved: $0.69

Park Street Deli Garlic Hummus 10oz $1.79
Walmart Price: Marketside Roasted Garlic Hummus 10oz $2.73
Saved: $0.94

Season’s Choice Riced Cauliflower 12oz $1.89
Walmart Price: Great Value Organic Steamable Riced Cauliflower 10oz $1.87
Saved: $0 (Aldi still cheaper per oz)

Friendly Farms Whipped Topping 8oz $0.79
Walmart Price: Great Value Whipped Topping $0.82
Saved: $0.03

Sundae Shoppe Junior Pops 20ct $2.49
Walmart Price: Popsicle Ice Pops 20ct $3.88
Saved: $1.39

Jewel-Osco Haul 1/26/19

Total Retail Price: $36.39
Paid: $18.76
Saved: $17.63
Got Back: $1.60
Net Price: $17.16

Goldfish Crackers $0.99 x2 =$1.98
Retail Price: $2.49 x2 =$4.98
Saved: $3.00

refresh Spring Water $2.50 x2 =$5.00
Retail Price: $3.49 x2 =$6.98
Saved: $1.98

Progresso Soup $0.99 x2 =$1.98
Retail Price: $2.29 x2 =$4.58
Saved: $2.60

Old El Paso Vegetarian Refried Beans $1.00 x4 =$4.00
Retail Price: $1.49 x4 =$5.96
Coupon: $1.00/2 MyMixx
Paid: $3.00
Saved: $2.96
Got Back: $1.00/2 SavingStar
Net Price: $2.00/4 ($0.50ea)

Bai Blueberry Drink $1.50
Retail Price: $1.99
Paid: $1.50
Saved: $0.49
Got Back: $0.50 Ibotta
Net Price: $1.00

Green Peppers $0.99lb @ 1.95lb =$1.93
Retail Price: $5.05
Saved: $3.12

Green Beans $0.99lb @ 0.43lb =$0.43
Retail Price: $0.77
Saved: $0.34

Sweet Potatoes $0.29lb @ 1.53lb =$0.44
Retail Price: $2.59
Saved: $2.15

Organic Baby Spinach $2.50
Retail Price: $3.49
Saved: $0.99

Caputo’s Haul 1/25/19

Estimated Retail Price: $43.92
Paid: $25.80
Estimated Savings: $18.12

Cantaloupe $0.99
Walmart Price: $2.68
Saved: $1.69

Slicing Cucumber $0.49lb @ 1.16lb =$0.57
Walmart Price: $0.48ea x2 =$0.96
Saved: $0.39

Yellow Onions 3lb bag $0.79
Walmart Price: $1.94
Saved: $1.15

Lettuce $0.99 x2 =$1.98
Walmart Price: $1.48 x2 =$2.96
Saved: $0.98

Organic Baby Carrots $1.25 x2 =$2.50
Walmart Price: $1.56 x2 =$3.12
Saved: $0.62

Organic Grape Tomatoes $1.25 x2 =$2.50
Walmart Price: $2.97 (10oz) x2 =$5.94
Saved: $3.44

Fiora Paper Towels $3.99
Retail Price: $4.99
Saved: $1.00

Fiora Bath Tissue $2.99
Retail Price: $4.99
Saved: $1.00

Dutch Farms Feta Chees $1.99
Retail Price: $3.09
Saved: $1.10

Dutch Farms Whipped Cream $1.50
Retail Price: $2.09
Saved: $0.59

Progresso Light Soups $1.25 x4 =$5.00
Retail Price: $2.79 x4 =$11.16
Saved: $6.16

Valli Produce Haul 1/25/19

Estimated Retail Price: $65.55
Paid: $29.68
Estimated Savings: $35.87

Red Bell Peppers $0.78lb @ 1.72lb =$1.34
Walmart Price: $1.79ea x3 =$5.37
Saved: $4.03

Broccoli $0.88lb @1.44lb =$1.27
Walmart Price: $1.98lb @ 1.44lb =$2.85
Saved: $1.58

Fuji Apples $0.79lb @ 3.93lb =$3.10
Walmart Price: $1.48lb @ 3.93lb =$5.82 ($4.44 for 3lb bag)
Saved: $2.72

Tomatoes $0.99lb @ 1.19lb =$1.18
Walmart Price: $1.88lb @ 1.19lb =$2.24
Saved: $1.06

Lemons $0.99lb @ 0.90lb =$0.89
Walmart Price: $1.97lb @ 0.90lb =$1.77 ($3.94 for 2lb bag)
Saved: $0.88

Limes $1.00/6
Walmart Price: $0.38 x6 =$2.28
Saved: $1.28

Red Potatoes 5lb bag $1.39
Walmart Price: $3.47 (5lb bag)
Saved: $2.08

Indian Summer Apple Juice $0.99 (limit 1, with in-ad coupon)
Retail Price: $2.45
Saved: $1.46

Essential Everyday Pancake Mix $0.99 (limit 1, with in-ad coupon)
Retail Price: $2.19
Saved: $1.20

General Mills Cereal $2.99 (limit 1, with in-ad coupon)
Retail Price: $5.65 (I could only find the retail price of the honey nut cheerio giant size)
Saved: $2.66

Smucker’s Natural $1.49 (limit 1, with in-ad coupon)
Retail Price: $3.69
Saved: $2.20

Jif Peanut Butter $1.49 (limit 1, with in-ad coupon)
Retail Price: $3.29
Saved: $1.80

Essential Everyday Peanuts $0.99 (limit 1, with in-ad coupon)
Retail Price: $3.63
Saved: $2.64

Essential Everyday Cooking Oil $1.49 (limit 1, with in-ad coupon)
Retail Price: $3.85
Saved: $2.36

Simply Orange Juice $3.99 (limit 2)
Retail Price: $6.45
Saved: $2.46

Banquet Brown ‘n Serve Breakfast Sausage $0.99 x3 =$2.97
Retail Price: $2.09 x3 =$6.27
Saved: $3.30

Butterball Thanksgiving Turkey $2.99lb @ 0.32lb =$0.96
Walmart Price: Butterball Thanksgiving Roasted Turkey Breast $7.98lb @ 0.32lb =$2.55
Saved: $1.59

Sara Lee Honey Ham off the Bone $3.99lb @ 0.29lb =$1.16
Walmart Price: Sara Lee Premium Meats Honey Ham $5.98lb @ 0.29lb =$1.73
Saved: $0.57

Aldi Weekly Deals 1/23/19 -1/29/19

Produce

  • Strawberries 1lb pkg $1.39
  • Large Hass Avocados $0.49ea
  • Little Salad Bar Salad Kits assorted variety 11.1-13.6oz $1.99
  • Washington Pink Lady Apples 3lb bag $2.79
  • California Navel Oranges 4lb bag $1.99
  • Green Grapes $1.29lb

Meats, Poultry, Seafood

  • Tyson Fresh USDA Choice Beef Pot Roast Kit 2.75lb $8.99
  • Never Any Fresh Antibiotic-Free Fajita Chicken Strips $3.99lb
  • Fresh Steelhead Trout $9.99lb
  • Hormel Natural Choice Fresh Pork Tenderloin Sliced Medallions $2.49lb
  • Family Pack Chicken Breasts 5lb avg weight $1.49lb (limit 4)
    down from $1.89lb
  • Italian Sausage or Bratwurst assorted varieties $2.49
    down from $5.99

Frozen

  • *Perdue Chicken Wings 48oz $4.47
  • *Season’s Choice Whole Onion Rings 16oz $1.99
  • *Bremer Buffalo Style Chicken or Mushroom & Swiss Beef Meatballs 22-26oz $5.49
  • *Mama Cozzi’s Garlic Bread Pizza Supreme or Pepperoni 30.7-34.2oz $3.99
  • *Mama Cozzi’s Cheese Stuffed Crust Buffalo Style Chicken Pizza 33.75oz $5.79
  • *Roseland Original or Honey Garlic BBQ Baby Back Ribs 24oz $8.49
  • Kirkwood Buffalo or Honey BBQ Chicken Wings 28oz $5.49
    down from $5.99
  • Appetitos Appetizers assorted varieties 8-11oz $1.79
    down from $1.99
  • Mama Cozzi’s Pizza Kitchen Stuffed Crust Pizza Pepperoni or Three Meats 33.1-33.15oz $5.49
  • Mama Cozzi’s Pizza Snacks combination or pepperoni 20oz $1.99
    down from $2.39
  • Bremer Original or Italian Meatballs 32oz $3.99
    down from $4.39

Refrigerated

  • *Park Street Deli Fresh Dip Platter 21oz $6.99
  • Mama Cozzi’s Pizza Kitchen 16″ Deli Pizza 30.5-19.5oz $4.99
  • Park Street Deli Assorted Fresh Guacamole assorted varieties 10oz $2.49
    down from $2.99
  • Park Street Deli Hummus assorted varieties 10oz $1.79
    down from $2.29

Dairy

  • Friendly Farms French Onion Dip 16oz $1.19
    down from $1.59
  • Happy Farms Cream Cheese 8oz $0.99
    down from $1.29

Beverages

  • Coca-Cola assorted varieties 2ltr $1.25
  • Pur-Aqua Purified Drink Water 16.9oz 24pk $2.29

Bakery

  • L’oven Fresh Hot Dog Buns 11-12oz $0.85
  • *Village Bakery Chocolate Covered Cheese Bites 10oz $5.99
  • Village Bakery or Bake Shop Gourmet Cookies assorted varieties 14oz $2.59
  • Specially Selected Baguette 12oz $1.49
    down from $1.69
  • Specially Selected Mini Naan Bread 12.7oz $2.99
    down from $3.49

Condiments

  • Sweet Baby Ray’s Original or Honey Barbeque Sauce 28oz $1.99
    down from $2.38

Pantry

  • Clancy’s Cheese Melt 32oz $3.99
    down from $4.29

Snacks

  • Clancy’s Everything or Original Pretzel Slims 8oz $1.69
    down from $1.99
  • Southern Grove Peanuts assorted varieties 16oz $1.59
    down from $1.89
  • Casa Mamita Classic Organic Salsa assorted varieties 16oz $1.69
    down from $1.89
  • *Clancy’s Party Size Wavy Potato Chips 15.25oz $1.89
  • Clancy’s Restaurant Style or White Round Tortilla Chips 13oz $0.99
    down from $1.69
  • Specially Selected Pita Chips sea salt or parmesan, garlic & herb 9oz $1.69
    down from $1.99
  • Southern Grove Pistachios 16oz $5.99
    down from $6.79
  • Clancy’s Cheese Dip 15oz $1.89
    down from $1.99
  • Casa Mamita Salsa mild or medium 24oz $1.49
    down from $1.89

*Aldi Find (typically only available for a limited time)

Prices, items, sizes, & Aldi finds can vary between stores. I’m located in the Chicago suburbs and I’m using my local store ad for these deals.

Countdown of Savings Week 3 ~ Saved 42% Under $135 on Groceries for a Family of 5

This Weeks Stores 1/16/19 – 1/22/19: Aldi, Caputo’s, Jewel-Osco, & Valii Produce

Estimated Retail Price: $230.99
Paid: $140.69
Estimated Savings: $90.30
Got Back: $6.10
Net Price: $134.59

Year to Date Total

Estimated Retail Price: $609.50
Paid: $337.89
Estimated Savings: $271.61
Got Back: $13.30
Net Price: $324.59

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Aldi Haul 1/18/19

Estimated Walmart Price: $70.09
Aldi Price: $60.20
Saved: $9.89

Barissimo Breakfast Blend Coffee Cups 12ct $4.29
Walmart Price: Great Value Breakfast Blend Coffee Cups 12ct $4.47
Saved: $0.18

Barissimo French Vanilla Coffee Cups 12ct $4.29
Walmart Price: Great Value French Vanilla Coffee Cups 12ct $4.47
Saved: $0.18

Park Street Deli Guacamole16oz 2pk $2.99
Walmart Price: ? (no 2pk at my Walmart)

Happy Farms Colby & Monterey Jack Cheese Snack Sticks 9oz 12ct $2.99
Walmart Price: Great Value Colby & Monterey Jack Cheese Sticks 9oz 12ct $3.12
Saved: $0.13

Earthly Grains Instant White Rice 28oz $2.39
Walmart Price: Great Value Instant White Rice 28oz $2.98
Saved: $0.59

Season’s Choice Shredded Hashbrowns 30oz $1.65
Walmart Price: Great Value Shredded Hash Browns 26oz $2.24
Saved: $0.59

Simply Nature Knock Your Sprouts Off Sprouted 7 Grain Low Sodium Bread 1lb $2.49
Walmart Price: ? (no sprouted 7 grain bread)

L’Oven Fresh Hamburger Buns 8ct $0.85
Walmart Price: Great Value Hamburger Buns 8ct $0.87
Saved: $0.02

Blueberries pint $1.89
Walmart Price: Blueberries 11oz $3.18 (lets just call this close enough)
Saved: $1.29

Simply Nature Organic Pinto Beans 15.5oz $0.89 x2 =$1.78
Walmart Price: My Walmart doesn’t carry organic pinto beans

Simply Nature Organic Kidney Beans 15.5oz $0.89 x2 =$1.78
Walmart Price: Great Value Organic Dark Red Kidney Beans 15oz $0.92 x2 =$1.84
Saved: $0.06

Simply Nature Organic Black Beans 15oz $0.89 x2 =$1.78
Walmart Price: Great Value Organic Black Beans 15oz $0.92 x2 =$1.84
Saved: $0.06

Dakota’s Price Garbanzo Beans 15.5oz $0.69 x2 =$1.38
Walmart Price: Great Value Chick Peas 15.5oz $0.72 x2 =$1.44
Saved: $0.06

Casa Mamita Refried Beans 16oz $0.79 x2 =$1.58
Walmart Price: Great Value Traditional Refried Beans 16oz $0.88 x2 =$1.76
Saved: $0.18

Simply Nature Organic Lentil Soup 18.6oz $1.79 x2 =$3.58
Walmart Price: Great Value Organic Lentil Soup 18.6oz $2.23 x2 =$4.46
Saved: $0.88

Diet Coca-Cola Diet Soda 12oz 12pk $4.88
Walmart Price: Diet Coca-Cola Diet Soda 12oz 12pk $4.78
Saved: overpaid -$0.10

Season’s Choice Riced Cauliflower 12oz $1.69
Walmart Price: Great Value Organic Steamable Riced Cauliflower 10oz $1.87
Saved: $0.18

Happy Farms Preferred Crumbled Feta Cheese 4oz $2.19
Walmart Price: Frigo Crumbled Feta Cheese 5oz $2.15
Saved: overpaid -$0.04 (and for less cheese)

Peanut Delight Creamy Peanut Butter 40oz $3.19
Walmart Price:Great Value Creamy Peanut Butter 40oz $4.37
Saved: $1.18

Cutie Mandarins 3lb bag $1.99
Walmart Price: $4.48
Saved: $2.49

Boulder Large Trash Four Flap 30gal 40ct $4.59
Walmart Price: Great Value Large Multi-Purpose Twist Tie Trash Bags 30gal 30ct $5.12
Saved: $0.53

Happy Farms Cream Cheese 8oz $0.99 x2 =$1.98
Walmart Price: Great Value Cream Cheese8oz $1.46 x2 =$2.92
Saved: $0.94

Simply Nature Freeze Dried Strawberries 1.2oz $2.99
Walmart Price: ? (Walmart does carry other freeze dried fruit apples, pineapple, mixed fruit Crunchies brand 1oz for $2.98, but no strawberries)

Iceberg Lettuce $0.99
Walmart Price: $1.48
Saved: $0.49

Jewel-Osco Haul 1/18/19

Total Retail Price: $69.77
Paid: $32.33
Saved: $37.44
Got Back: $5.35
Net Price: $26.98

Creamette Pasta $0.50 x6 =$3.00
Retail Price: $1.69 x6 =$10.14
Saved: $7.14

Trix Cereal $1.77 x2 =$3.54
Retail Price: $3.49 x2 =$6.98
Coupon: $1.00/2 MyMixx
Paid: $2.54
Saved: $4.44
Got Back: $0.75 Ibotta x2 =$1.50
Net Price: $1.04/2 ($0.52ea)

refresh Spring Water $2.50 x2 =$5.00
Retail Price: $3.49 x2 =$6.98
Saved: $1.98

Kellogg’s Pop-Tart $2.50 x2 =$5.00
Retail Price: $3.99 x2 =$7.98
Paid: $5.00
Saved: $2.98
Got Back: $1.00/2 Checkout 51
Net Price: $4.00/2 ($2.00ea)

Utz Chips $4.29 BOGO x2 =$4.29
Retail Price: $4.29 x2 =$8.58
Paid: $4.29
Saved: $4.29
Got Back: $0.50 Checkout 51
Net Price: $3.79/2 ($1.90ea)

I and Love and You Dry Dog Food $8.99
Retail Price: $11.99
Coupon: $3.00 MyMixx
Paid: $5.99
Saved: $6.00
Got Back: $3.00 Ibotta
Net Price: $2.99

Large Eggs $0.99 x2 =$1.98
Retail Price: $1.98 x2 =$3.98
Paid: $1.98
Got Back: $0.25 Ibotta
Net Price: $1.73/2 ($0.87ea)

Red Grapes $0.99lb @ 2.06lb =$2.04
Retail Price: $6.16
Saved: $4.12

O Organic Baby Spinach $3.49 BOGO x2 =$3.49
Retail Price: $3.49 x2 =$6.98
Coupon: $1.00 MyMixx
Paid: $2.49/2 ($1.25ea)
Saved: $4.49

So this week I had a similar experience to last week and had to go to the service desk after this transaction. When the cashier was done scanning my items I asked to put my MyMixx number in, since she didn’t ask if I had one to put in (or the other two people in front of me), for the coupons and gas rewards. She said she couldn’t because she already had finished the transaction, so after not offering up a solution I had to ask what I should do and she said I could go to the service desk. Again I had to get my MyMixx coupons difference back and the gas rewards too.

Caputo’s Haul 1/18/19

Estimated Walmart Price: $40.11
Paid: $24.13
Estimated Savings: $15.98

Avocados $0.79 x4 =$3.16
Estimated Walmart Price: $0.98 x4 =$3.92
Saved: $0.76

Organic Meyer Lemons $0.79lb @ 1.62lb =$1.28
Estimated Walmart Price: $1.97lb @ 1.62lb =$3.19 ($3.94 2lb bag, for non organic regular lemons)
Saved: $1.91

Limes $0.20 x5 =$1.00
Estimated Walmart Price: $0.38 x5 =$1.90
Saved: $0.90

Oranges $0.79lb @ 3.54lb =$2.80
Estimated Walmart Price: $1.40lb @ 3.54lb =$4.96 ($6.98 for 5lb bag)
Saved: $2.16

Green Beans $0.79lb @ 0.57lb =$0.45
Estimated Walmart Price: $1.38lb @ 0.57lb =$0.79
Saved: $0.34

Pineapple $1.49
Estimated Walmart Price: $1.98
Saved: $0.49

Grape Tomatoes $0.99 x2 =$1.98
Estimated Walmart Price: $2.48 x2 =$4.96
Saved: $2.98

Blackberries $1.49 x4 =$5.96
Estimated Walmart Price: $2.48 x4 =$9.92
Saved: $4.96

Ground Beef 73% Lean $1.99lb @ 3.02lb =$6.01
Estimated Walmart Price: $2.48lb @ 3.02lb =$7.49 ($7.44 for 3lb ground beef roll)
Saved: $1.48