If you are new here and unfamiliar with my weekly What I Spent & Saved posts, it probably is helpful to understand a bit about how I shop. I do something called stockpile shopping. This simply means that when I see an item at rock bottom prices that I regularly use or know that I can use, I’ll buy several of it. This might seem kind of crazy, but it honestly saves me hundreds of dollars a year! Simply put, by buying 6 bags of frozen veggies when I can get them for $0.50/bag with a coupon and sale instead of paying the full price of $1.50, I save $6.00. This savings adds up pretty quickly! Want to know more about this kind of shopping?
I also buy meats and veggies in bulk. The meat I either can or freeze and then obviously have it on hand whenever I need it. I buy large quantities of fruits and veggies when they are in season and I can get them at really great prices. By canning or freezing them, I save a lot and we are able to enjoy great produce for less cost all year long. I do still buy some fresh fruits and veggies too. In fact, every 7 to 10 days I go to our local farmer’s market and get several heads of lettuce so that we can enjoy salads at least 4 times a week.
I hope that helps you make sense of some of this. I realize at first glance it can really look like we eat rather strangely! Of course, if you have any questions feel free to ask them in the comments! I’ll be more than happy to try to answer them.
* Free Silk almond milk
* Oreos for $0.99
* Diapers for $2.29 each
Please excuse the poor quality and missing images. I somehow deleted a bunch of my pictures and the few I was able to retrieve were of poor quality. 🙁
Total Spent: $49.19
Total Saved with Coupons: $13.19
Total Saved with Sales: $24.44
Total Saved: $37.63
Giant: $0 (used grocery cash)
Saved with Coupons: $7.19
Saved with Sales: $1.49
I only grabbed a few things at Giant this week. In fact, I considered not even going at all! And since my total was only $1.99, I just used some grocery cash to pay for my purchase.
Silk had a promotion on their Facebook page several months ago where you could sign up to get a coupon for a free product. It had been so long that kind of figured there must have been a glitch or something since I hadn’t received the coupon. But what do you know, last week it arrived in the mail- with an expiration date of 12/31/14! So I figured I’d better hurry up and use it while I could!
If you’re a regular reader here, you know that pretty much the only cookies I buy are Oreos. I typically prefer homemade cookies any day, but Oreos? Well, you just can’t quite make anything homemade that compares. So when I see them for really cheap, I’ll occasionally grab them. This week I was able to get them for $0.99 which is pretty much the highest I’ll pay for them. And now I’m wanting to go dunk some cookies into ice cold milk!
I actually make a lot of my own salad dressing. But our son so far hasn’t developed a liking for any dressing other than Ranch. Since he actually eats a lot of salad if he can eat it with Ranch, we figure it’s worth buying it just for him! And hopefully one of these days he’ll start liking some of my homemade dressings! I usually buy Ranch at Aldi since it’s really inexpensive there. But this month Giant had a new coupon each day that you could link to your Giant store card. One of them was for $1.50 off Kraft dressing which made a bottle only $1.00, about $0.20 cheaper than Aldi.
- Unsweetened almond milk $3.69
– used FREE product coupon received from manufacturer via Facebook promotion
- Oreo cookies $2.99
– used $0.50 Oreo printable coupon (doubled to $1.00)
– used $1.00 Giant store Oreo’s ecard offer
- Kraft dressing $2.50
– used $1.50 Giant store Kraft dressing ecard offer
Saved with Coupons: $6.00
Saved with Sales: $22.95
A couple of weeks ago Walgreens had diapers on sale for buy one, get one free. I bought a couple of packs but got a rain check for more since I took the few packs that they had on the shelf. I needed to go to Walgreens this week to pick up some pictures that I got developed and so I grabbed the rest of the diapers as well. I got them for less than I should have though. When I got the rain check, they were on sale for buy one, get one free which meant that I should have paid $4.39 each. This week, they were on sale for buy one, get one 50% off. For some reason, when the cashier adjusted the price for the rain check, it reflected this week’s price and the rain check price which means that I got them for $4.39 less than I should have. I mentioned it to the cashier when I noticed it and she tried to figure it out and finally told me just to leave it because there didn’t seem to be a way to actually adjust it to reflect the correct price. So I ended up getting them for only $2.29 each which is an amazing price obviously!
I really have been impressed with the quality of Walgreens diapers. In my opinion, they are comparable to Huggies. We’ve used them numerous times over the last several years, both for day time and night time and have always been happy with them. If you don’t use coupons to get diapers for cheap and you have a Walgreens nearby, it might be worth watching their sales. They semi-frequently have their diapers on sale for buy one, get one free which comes to about $4.50 a pack.
- 4 Walgreens brand diapers $3.79 each (see note above)
– used four $1.50 Walgreens diapers printable coupons
– redeemed $1.00 worth of Walgreens Balance Rewards
Sharp Shopper: $2.66
This local discount grocery is a favorite of mine. The only problem is, you never know if you are going to find good deals or not- it’s really hit or miss. But since I was driving right by it, I decided to stop and take my chances. Unfortunately, I didn’t find any really great deals. But I did need bread flour to make some french bread for family Christmas functions so I got that there to save me from making a trip to yet another store.
- Occident flour $2.66
I made a quick trip to Aldi to grab some things to make a veggie tray as well as Creamy White Chili to take to a family get together. Actually, I made a total of 8 recipes of the chili to take to 2 separate events! I also got some more butter since it was still $2.29 and a few other things that we were needing as well!
And yes, that is a chubby little hand that you see there in the picture. It gets pretty challenging to take these grocery pictures sometimes with a curious 10 month old around! The ledge I use is just at her level and anything that is on it, is fair game for her exploration! 🙂
- 12 Great Northern Beans $7.08
- 9 Sour cream $1.29
- 4 lb. Oranges $2.19
- 2 Baby Carrots $1.18
- Cucumber 0.59
- 2 Eggs $1.59 each
- Coconut $1.29
- 2 Saltines $0.89 each
- 5 Butter $2.29 each