So I am back to square one with this promo and looking forward to stocking the freezer. Note– with these deals I never buy things that my family won’t use- especially perishables which are difficult to donate. We are expecting baby #2 in May and I am very happy to have lots of frozen meals/snacks on hand for the last weeks of my pregnancy and after the baby is born.
This week’s Chill at Home: Total oop $15.33 (paid on a gift card), Received $10 cat for next purchase.
Kraft Mac & Chz .49 (in ad q)
Whole Wheat Tortillas 2.79
Birdseye Veggie Free wyb Birdseye Entree
Birdseye Chicken Pasta $2.99 (used 2/1 q)
18 pack eggs .97 (in ad q)
Lucerne String Cheese (in ad q)
Milk 2 gallons 3.98
Safeway Select Texas Toast 2.79 (used 1/1 Safeway q found in store)
Morningstar Sausage and Hot Dogs 3.49 each
Pepperidge Farm Texas Toast 2.50 (.40/1 q)
Red Baron Pizza x 2 $5.00 (1/2 q)
Ester C Vitamin x 2 $4.69 each (used 2 $5/1 coupons)
Top Sirloin Steak $5.20 (used 2/1 q found in store)
Waterfront Tarter Sauce $2 (used 2/1 q found in store)
I also had a 10/50 coupon for the grand reopening of my store. I have several more of these coupons that don’t expire until 4/4 so I plan to work these weekly. I also used the $4 catalina from the Post cereal deal.
If you have 10% off on your Safeway card you can also really maximize your discounts- I have heard Safeway is even doubling that discount in some areas.
Also my store has had special Grand Reopening sales for the last two weeks. If you happen to pass by a store with this signage out front I highly recommend stopping in! I picked up tons of great coupons and tried (unsuccessfully) to win one of the 300 random gift cards they gave out last weekend. The ads are slightly different and have a few items that are part of the Grand reopening and exclusive to that store.
Stay tuned as I will be using this catalina on the Chill at Home promo in the next few days.
1. A free 12pk of soda courtesy of WalMart
2. A free hand car wash valued at $15.00- no purchase necessary
3. A $25 gift card to Chevron for contacting my local State Farm agent to see if they can beat our prices on insurance (they couldn’t- but I would have switched in a heartbeat if they could)
4. A $25 welcome voucher from a local feed store. It wouldn’t have occured to me to buy dog food except I drove past and saw a sign advertising Iams for $25. I went in with my coupon and got this 40lb bag of high quality dog food for $2.13.
Thank you for stopping by my blog! I am a stay at home mom of one 19 month old and am expecting #2 in May. This blog is written for the millions of moms (and non-moms) out there that want to learn how to seriously stretch a dollar. By sticking to a budget and making every penny count we are able to enjoy life and spend money on the things that are really important to us. As the blog name indicates- we are committed to a debt free lifestyle and we are slowly getting there- one coupon at a time!
We live in the land of no doubles and no CVS (Northern California)- where the cost of living is high and getting great deals is even more of a challenge. If I can do it anyone can do it!
I used to think you needed to shop at discount grocery chains to get the best prices on grocery items. I had two chains that I shopped at regularly despite being out of the way and pretty run down stores. I found I would have to make second and third trips to other stores as the produce was not fresh or the selection was very limited. Then I discovered the art of shopping loss leaders.
I live in a high cost of living area with very expensive grocery chains. In Northern California we do not have double coupons, which makes finding great deals even more challenging. I have discovered higher end grocery chains frequently feature surprisingly low prices on items every week in the ads. Some-like Safeway- also feature weekly store coupons that can be stacked with manufacturer coupons to double the savings. I have been amazed at how much money I have shaved off our weekly grocery bill by shopping at the more expensive chains and simply buying the loss leaders featured in the weekly ads.
Here are my tips on saving money at higher end grocery stores:
* Check the ad weekly and buy the loss leaders (or items featured at substantial discounts to attract people into the store).
* Create a menu plan based upon what is on sale that week- if chicken is an incredible buy you can probably come up with several totally different menu ideas featuring chicken and items from your pantry.
*Stock up when prices hit rock bottom. When my local store had whole wheat bread for .99 a few weeks ago and I had $1 off coupons, I purchased 5 loaves to freeze. This will last us until the next sale cycle when bread hits rock bottom again.
*Look for clearance or discounted produce/meat and bread. Since the quality standards tend to be higher at the more expensive chains I regularly find lunch meat on clearance for .99 that I can freeze, bananas that are perfectly ripe for 50% off and day old bread for 50% off or more.
*Combine store coupons with manufacturer coupons to save even more. Many higher end chains feature weekly coupons in the ads, online or in store coupon books. Look for those coupons and match them with manufacturer coupons. I just purchased 2 packs of Mission Tortillas for .24 each by combining a Safeway store coupon and manufacturer coupon. My local discount chain has the same tortillas priced at $2.99.
So take the time to look through the circulars at all the grocery chains in your area- you may be surprised at what you find! To find the best deals at grocery stores around the country check out BeCentsable’s Grocery Gathering.
Charlene is a busy mom of two little ladies in California. She can be found at My Frugal Adventures and is always on the hunt to bring moms the very best deals to stretch those hard earned dollars.