A Good Publix Grocery Trip

If you have a Publix Store nearby…. you can really stock up your pantry by shopping their BOGO deals.  BOGO meaning buy one, get one free!  And then add coupons… Wow..what a combo!

I’ve recently adjusted my grocery shopping strategy and have been mainly using Aldi grocery stores, Costco and Publix.  I only shop the sales at Publix.  They run decent to pretty good deals each week.

This week they had a great deal on Welchs grape juice which they have priced at my Publix for $3.91  (other stores it is priced around $3.51).  This week it was BOGO $3.91 which was a great deal….but the deal was sweeter with the Welchs coupons I had and Publix store coupons for free Welchs grape jelly when you buy 2 Welchs juice.  I bought over $30 worth of juice and jelly for about $7.  I was pretty pleased with that.

I also stocked up on Solo plastic cups and plates….BOGO $3.29 minus the coupons.  Paying about $.89 cents for each package of cups and plates isn’t too shabby.

I also was able to score napkins, greek yogurt, and Dove chocolate for a fraction of the cost by combining sales with coupons.

I’m looking forward to putting sales and coupons and Publix together next year for a ravishingly good time ;-)

Cut Grocery Bill Shopping at Aldi

I have recently become a fan of the Aldi grocery store.  For the last few months, I’ve been shopping at Aldi for several grocery items where the savings on these items has significantly added up.   Not only have I been saving money on groceries, but I’ve been very pleased with the high quality of these items.

For the new year, I intend on adding Aldi to my grocery shopping store list.

Here are some things you need to be prepared for when shopping at Aldi:

  1. Bring a quarter to “rent” the grocery buggy.  My kids think this is one of the greatest things.  You will get the quarter back after you return it to the buggy return.
  2. Bring cash…or use a debit card.  No credit cards accepted.
  3. Bring bags.  They do not bag your groceries.  I actually prefer boxes and usually have a few boxes in the car specifically for my Aldi trip or will collect a few of the empty boxes in the store to pack my food in.
  4. They do not accept coupons.
  5. If you are not satisfied with the Aldi product, they will replace it and give you your money back.
  6. They have a regular seasonal and household discounted goods that they offer each week.  I’ve bought several things that I’ve been very pleased with.

I don’t buy all my groceries at Aldi, but I have been able to cut my grocery bill by buying several items that I use to buy at a regular grocery store.   Here are some things that I’ve found this month:

  1. $1.99 butter –  cheaper than Costco and the quality is great.
  2. $1 a dozen eggs.  While I don’t buy store bought eggs normally, when my hens aren’t laying in the winter and with all the extra baking, I found the $1 a dozen eggs an excellent option. (The egg cartons even had Scriptures on them!?)
  3. $.89 cents cream cheese.  I used Aldi cream cheese to make my Christmas pumpkin cheesecake and it was delicious.
  4. $49 cent celery stalks – excellent quality.
  5. $1.99 for a 10 pound bag of potatoes!
  6. $1.99 for 3 pounds of pears
  7. $1.99 for 3 pounds of oranges
  8. $.99 cents for 3 pounds of carrots
  9. $.69 cents canned milk.  I always keep canned milk in my pantry.  Aldi has it cheaper than anyone.

There were a lot of other significant price differences in toilet paper, paper plates, chips, cheese, bread, other dairy products and baking goods.  Aldi also has excellent prices on stocking up on canned foods for your pantry.

I found the quality of the items I bought to be excellent.  I also found the store to be very neat and clean and the cashiers very nice.  Another positive is that the store wasn’t a crazy, packed mad-house like other grocery stores.  I’ll be using Aldi a lot more in the future!

You can sign up for their weekly flyer here:  Aldi Foods

Soaring Costs for Thanksgiving Dinner

I’ve noticed an increase in food and gas prices since I’ve had my baby two months ago.  Maybe because I didn’t pay attention for almost two months, and now I’m getting back into the swing of things and getting out more now.  Even the pumpkin spice latte at Starbucks is over $4 now….. which I did buy only because I saved so much money on my groceries for the week with shopping sales and using coupons.  Yes, I justified it…  however, I kept thinking on the way home…. what idiot pays over $4 for a cup of coffee!  ME, I guess!  I’m thinking I might be buying a nice coffee thermos and making my own pumpkin spice latte for my grocery trips now though at that price!   I can almost buy a bag of coffee for $4!

I ran across an article talking about Soaring Costs Could Cut Down the Gobbling on Turkey Day

It may be easier to count blessings than dollars this Thanksgiving, as Americans will be shelling out more money than ever to put food on their Turkey Day table.

Prices for all of the holiday trimmings, from the turkey and sweet potatoes to the pumpkin for the pie, have soared, in some cases up 33 percent, according to the Food Institute.

One reason is that farmers have to pay more to raise and grow the food, and then they pass their increased costs on to the consumer.

The honored guest — the turkey — will cost an average of 79 cents to $1.05 per pound this year, pushing the cost of a 16-pound bird up by about $4.

Not only are food prices up, but the gas you put in your car to get to the store and to Grandma’s house as well as the electricity you use to cook and heat the house is up as well.  With this in mind, all is not lost.  With a bit of strategy, soaring costs for Thanksgiving dinner don’t have to spoil your Holiday this year. 

The biggest solution to avoiding soaring food prices at the grocery store  is to shop the holiday loss leader sales.  I’ve already seen loss leader sales in the grocery stores which actually will substantially reduce your out of pocket expenses.  Last week, I picked up turkeys for .59 cents a pound.  I didn’t buy sweet potatoes because they were .89 cents a pound, nor did I buy the celery because it was $1.50 a bunch.  I know I will be able to find these items on sale somewhere else very soon.  While the idea for loss leader sales is to get you in the door so you will end up buying the other non sale items, if you can strategically plan your grocery shopping this Thanksgiving to buy the holiday loss leaders, then you will end up coming out ahead and spending way less than everyone else. 

Pantry Stocking Ideas and Tips

Years ago, I knew I needed to do something about my pantry.   I started seriously couponing and looking into other ways to buy food besides just the “running to the grocery store every other day” solution.  I eventually, starting to build a pantry that lasted longer.  I even had food in the pantry and freezer at the end of each month!

Here are some sucessful ways I continue to build my pantry: 

  1. Use Coupons Strategically!  When I started to use coupons strategically, I quickly found that I could bring home food and supplies regularly for 50 to 75% off retail price.  Many times I bring home free food and supplies by combining sales with coupons. 
  2. I submit rebates when available.  I keep my eye out for rebates on food and household supplies.  Many times, manufacturers will issue rebates that are available for “Try Me Free” products. 
  3. I learned how to shop the drugstores!  CVS, Walgreens and Rite Aid are not usually known for discount shopping prices.  However, using their rewards programs and rebate programs with sales and coupons, you can come home with an amazing amount of stuff for pennies on the dollar…even free stuff regularly.  Check out my latest diaper deal at Rite Aid
  4. I buy produce and bulk grain through a local food co-op in my area.  I’ve been purchasing seasonal fruits by the bushel for over half the price of grocery store produce prices.  Check here for local farms or orchards in your area.  You may even go in with other families and contact an out of state orchard and see what it would cost to get a shipment of fruit to you. 
  5. I buy other bulk foods at Costco / Sam’s Wholesale Clubs.  While others would disagree with me on whether or not shopping at Costco or Sam’s is a frugal choice….after all, “you can do better with coupons?”  Or can you??  For our family size,  Costco / Sam’s do save us a considerable amount of money and time. 
  6. Grow a Garden!  I think growing a garden is the most amazing and effective way to provide your family with good, wholesome food for less.  I enjoy growing a garden and anticipating all the produce it produces over the spring and summer!  We eat lots of fresh organic vegetables from our garden for less. 
  7. Canning your own food!  If you can grow enough of your own produce, you will be able to can your own vegetables with all the extra food you grew in your garden.  Last year, I was able to can a considerable amount of food off the garden vegetables we grew.  I also canned much of the fruit that I purchased from the bulk food co-op.  I love canning!!!

These ideas are just a few ways I have found to build a home pantry and stock it for less. 

What are other ways you stock your pantry for less??

Money Saving Posts

I’m going to post a whole slew of money saving posts this week….  deals around town, free samples etc, just for the fun of it…. 

Here Goes….

A Few Grocery Deals and Freebies

I took advantage of being in town and grabbed a few deals at Target and Publix one day this week.  At Target, I found  Gillette Fusion razors clearanced out to $2.48.  I used the one P&G $4 off any Gillette Fusion razor coupon I had and was able to get the $2 overage which went against the large bag of large dog food that was clearanced out to $8 as well as some other things I needed.  Target usually has clearance items on the end caps of the aisles.  They had two different kinds of Gillette Fusion razors clearanced out and if I would have had more coupons…I could have stocked up on razors for free. 

Free razors with over $3 in overage. 

I also was able to pick up some Cheerios cereal that were BOGO $3.99 at Publix.  I had some .50 cent off 1 coupons that were doubled to $1 off each box and there was a blinkie machine that had .75 cents off 2.  So I used a few of those and stocked up on some cereal.  This ended up being a little cheaper than the big boxes of cereal I buy at Sam’s.  I also used the $2 off any Schick razors and used it on the 2-pack Schick disposable razors which were priced at .99 cents a package….and they gave me the overage on that too!  I also picked up some .30 cent cans of vegetables and some kitchen sponges.  All in all it was 5 sacks of groceries and household products for $13….pretty good for not being ultra planned or having a lot of coupons. 

Then I went to Sam’s and picked up the rest of our groceries. 

I was also able to get  10 coupon inserts from the newspaper recycling place, which I am hoping will help me stock up on some up coming deals

Other on going deals worth checking out: 

CVS diapers:  I check one CVS store and they only had one package of CVS diapers 50% off  (size 6)…so I wasn’t able to find the really cheap $2 diapers everyone has been talking about

Pampers Wipes:  Possibly the hottest deal on baby wipes ever is the Pampers $2 off coupon that has recently been released and I don’t have any of those coupons!!!  I looked on ebay…but the auction prices are soaring.  It’s a awesome coupon for stocking up on free Pampers wipes…if you can get a hold of it!  Check out this list of places where you can use the coupon and get them for free. 

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