Happy Wednesday to all! Hey gals - just a quick post to say YES deals can still be found and groceries CAN be obtained for a reasonable price. The catch? You have to really look and pay attention - you have to know the best day to check your store - and you HAVE to shop clearance and sales!!!!
Some of you are sooooo fortunate to have discount groceries or Amish/Mennonite stores that you can shop at. I am envious of that. I have to just watch for bargains at regular grocery stores.
Now, I have many, many various stores in my area - so if I can't find something at one, there is always another venue to check. That is an advantage of living in a big city.
I just recently became able to use digital coupons. My store card was so old, that the computer at the store wouldn't recognize it to load those special bargains. I used the card for in store deals and for gas - but no GREAT digital sales. I got myself a new card! Now I am all modernized and using the computer to help me get deals!!! LOL!!
I ran to the store on Tuesday - as it was the last days of the deals I loaded on card last week - I didn't go last week. I got my specials deals and walked around - and I found that Tuesday is a wonderful day at my local store for clearance!!!!!! I never go to the store on Monday - I figure stock will be obviously low just after a weekend. I don't go on weekends either. Too many people and lack of supplies, do to so many people shopping.
Tuesday worked! I totally goofed in not taking pictures before I put everything away. Sorry.
I did the best I have in ages. I do not do regular coupons anymore - except for maybe the odd cat food or hair dye coupon. Years ago, I used to get some fantastic hauls - not so much lately.
This is why I so excited.
I got 2 packs of cherry tomatoes, 5 lbs. potatoes, broccoli, several bell peppers, 6 lbs. oranges, 6 huge Portabella mushrooms, and 2 lbs. of organic carrots.
Three types of meat - 2 big packs of chicken tenders, 2 lbs. sausage and 5 packs of sliced ham. I was fortunate on the meat - usually the markdown meat looks nasty, and it isn't cheap anymore!
I got seasonings and pure extracts, 3 4-packs of Dannon yogurt, 3 jars of olives, a huge bottle of Palmolive dish soap, 3 huge bags of snacks, bread and buns.
I did get milk at regular price, and eggs. The eggs were organic brown eggs and were cheaper than regular eggs. I also got a new high efficiency furnace filter (not cheap). I also treated myself to a 12 pack of soda pop. I hardly ever do that - it will last a long while (just a treat).
All this - for $72 out of pocket. (about $37 dollars - last 4 items). My savings on clearance and marked down was approx. $62!!!!!! I really scored.
It can be done. I pretty much walked the perimeter of the store - produce, meat, dairy and then the clearance section. I didn't stray too far off course.
I went in for the digital coupon items - saw great clearance and got myself meat for the freezer and fresh produce to enjoy and eat and to chop and freeze. YES - I added to my long term pantry as well as short term enjoyment!
I know it gets very discouraging today. Prices are up, some stock is low. Seriously, be mindful of the day you go to the store. Weekends and Mondays should be off the list!!! Stock will be much lower on those days.
Tuesday they are generally stocking shelves for the upcoming sales and there is a lot of markdowns from the week before.
Walk the perimeter and look for deals and clearance.
You CAN still find deals and stock that pantry and freezer. Pay attention and be very mindful of buying REAL food and ingredients.
DO you have any money saving tips for the grocery?