• $50 Weekly Menu Plan Help: Buffalo, NY

    Learn how to drastically reduce the grocery budget in Buffalo New York
    The spotlight is on Buffalo & Cheektowaga New York in this weeks $50 Menu plan help across the USA where we show a member how to save 51% off her grocery bill without using coupons.

    BSparks writes, "I am in Buffalo, NY zip code 14225. We have Wegmans, Tops, Walmart, and Price-Rite. I spend $120 per week for a family of four(2 adults and 2 kids)"

    It sounds as though Bsparks could use a little assistance, $120 a week is ALOT of money to be spending on groceries! In looking over the stores
    that this member frequents, we've found a few resources that might make a big difference in the grocery bill.

    Let's begin with the stores that our member frequents:

    Wegmans Deals from this weeks Flyer

    Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast $1.99lb
    Tomato Sauce or Crushed Tomatoes .79
    Pasta Sauce .99
    Romaine Hearts $2.99
    Bananas .49lb
    Canned Veggies .49 each
    Tuna .99 can
    Frozen Veggies .99 bag
    Wegmans Giant Bread .99

    Tops Deals from this weeks Flyer
    Del Monte Canned Veggies or Fruits 10 $8
    Tops Pasta $1 box
    Tops Fresh Homestyle Roasting Chicken .50lb
    Iceburg Lettuce .99
    Apples $1.27 lb
    Peanut Butter 18oz $2.
    Grape Jelly 32oz $2
    Chops $2.29
    Pork Shoulder Steak $2.29
    Old Fashioned Quick Oats $1.99
    Burrito or Tortillas $2
    Ricotta Cheese $2
    Condensed Soups 20 cans /$10
    Mango $1 ea
    Black Plums $1.49 lb
    6ct Kiwi $2.

    Price-Rite Deals from this weeks Flyer - sorry, we were unable to provide many deals, this stores website is severely lacking in detail!

    Tomatoes .99lb
    Papaya .99
    Broccoli .99
    Boneless Chicken Breast $1.99

    What our member might not have known is that there is an Aldi store nearby, it's located 1685 Walden Avenue Cheektowaga, NY 14225

    Aldi Deals from this Weeks Flyer

    Yellow Onions .89 3 lbs

    Baby Carrots .59 lb
    Celery .89
    Red Potatoes $1.49 5lbs
    Red Grapes $1.99 2lbs
    Pears $1.89 (28oz)
    Orange Juice $1.89 1/2 gal
    Spaghetti Sauce $1.19
    32 oz Yogurt $1.99
    Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breast $1.69 lb

    Aldi Everyday Low Prices
    Cereal $1.59
    Frozen Veggies .79-.99 bag
    cream cheese $1.09
    Mandarin Orange Segments .59
    Artisan Lettuce $1.99
    Flour $1.59 bag
    Sugar $1.59
    Aldi Ground Turkey (freezer) $1.47
    Eggs $0.99- $1.29
    2lbs Rice .99
    Bread $1.19 Loaf

    Walmart Deals from this weeks Flyer- Nothing worth mentioning.

    About the only thing we feel is worth mentioning about this flyer is that Walmart will price match other stores if you wish to bring in the flyers and shop there instead.

    Potential Grocery List & Plan: A= Aldi ~ T=Tops ~ P= Price-Rite ~ W= Wegmans ~ WM= Walmart

    (A) Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast 5lbs @ $1.69 = $8.45
    (A) Frozen Spinach .99
    (T) Pork Chops $2.29 lb- 2 lbs - $4.58
    (T) Tuna .99 can x2 = $1.98
    (T) Pasta Shells $.99
    (A) Yellow Onions .89 3 lbs
    (A) Baby Carrots .59 lb
    (A) Celery .89
    (A) Red Potatoes $1.49 5lbs
    (W) Pasta Sauce
    .99 x2 =$1.98
    (W) Giant Bread .99
    (W) Peanut Butter 18oz $2.
    (T) Tops Fresh Homestyle Roasting Chicken .50lb - 4lbs average $2.
    (A) Milk $3.18
    (A) Lettuce .99
    (A) Flour $1.59 bag
    (A) Sugar $1.59
    (A) Eggs $0.99- $1.29
    (A) 2lbs Rice .99
    (T) Old Fashioned Quick Oats $1.99
    (T) Ricotta Cheese $2
    (T) Condensed Soups 20 cans /$10
    (A) Bananas .44# x4= $1.76
    (T) Apples $1.27 x 3lbs= 3.81
    (W) green pepper .79
    (P) Vine Tomatoes .99
    Total Spent $58.79 total savings 51%

    Keep in mind with the shopping list above that this is NOT how we intend the $50 weekly menu plans to work. The menu's work best if you follow the monthly sales cycles and follow the guidelines in our eBook when purchasing meat and restocking the pantry. Had this member purchased meats and pantry items ahead of time, this majority of this weeks menu plan would have focuses on fruits and veggies.

    Breakfast Ideas:

    & Dinner Ideas:

    The 20 cans of condensed soups aren't needed this week, it was just a pantry re-stock. You can use them towards next weeks menu plan, which is how you begin to build up your pantry and drastically reduce your budget each month.

    Farmers Market:

    Here are some additional resources in your area that you might not have been aware of, but may offer really decent deals on fresh local produce and other goods:

    • Becker Farms and Vizcarra Vineyards - Offers offer u-pick fruits and vegetables, school tours and farm tours, 100 mile radius meals, private events, fall and summer festivals, haunted hayrides, we offer hand made pies, jams, fresh cider and fudge. Location: 3760 Quaker Rd
      Gasport, NY 14067 website

    • Clarence Hollow Farmer's Market- offers Apples, corn, tomatoes, onions, yellow squash, zucchini, beans, peppers, corn and lettuces are all
      in season! Location: 10717 Main St, Clarence, NY website

    • Clinton Bailey Farmers Market - Offers a wide selection of fruits, veggies, flowering plants, honey, sausage, herbs, home baked goods and much more Location: 1443 Clinton St Buffalo, NY 14206 website

    • Elmwood Market - Offers a producer only market (meaning the offerings are locally grown!) Location: 986 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY website

    • Farmers & Artisans Offers: a wide selection of foods, milk & egg shares, pastured beef and chicken and much more Location: 78 E Spring St, Williamsville, NY website

    • Ken Spoth Farm Market Inc - Offers fresh produce Location: 8386 County Rd, East Amherst, NY website

    • Lancaster Market - Offers Fruits, vegetables, wines, locally grown produce Location: Lancaster New York, Broadway and Aurora streets website

    • Sinemus Farms - Offers f ull range of naturally grown vegetables Location: 6959 Norton Rd
      Elba, NY 14058 website

    • Spoth Farm Market - Offers a wide range of fresh fruits and veggies at very reasonable prices! Location: 5817 Transit Rd, East Amherst, NY

    • The Great Pumpkin Farm- offers PUMPKINS, of course Located 11199 Main St. Clarence, NY FB

    • Super Flea & Farmers Market- - Offers ? we're not sure, it's unclear whether or not this resource is still available, we heard through the grapevine that a new Walmart is headed for this particular location! Location: 2500 Walden Ave, Buffalo, NY

    • Wilson Street Urban Farm - Offers locally & naturally grown produce Location: 812 Fillmore Ave, Buffalo, NY website


    If you happen to be from this area and know of additional inexpensive resources, please feel free to list them in the comments below so that others can enjoy them as well!

    If you haven't already, check out our eBook, "The 2012 Family Guide to Groceries under $250 a Month" for additional money saving tips and recipes for reducing your grocery bill!

    Comments 2 Comments
    1. kkiriazis's Avatar
      kkiriazis -
      The great thing about Wegmans is that they have a list of items that will stay the same price until the end of 2012 for example the boneless chicken breast and spagetti sauce. They will change the list again in January and it is based on the items that families are buying the most.

      Tops is nice because you earn gas points on groceries- at $50 a week that is 20 cents off a gallon per month. I am all about saving...I use both Tops and Wegmans (I live in the Ithaca area).
    1. wnyroots's Avatar
      wnyroots -
      There are also Save-A-Lot stores in the Buffalo, NY (Cheektowaga and other townships)
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