Can you believe it’s been 5 weeks since I went grocery shopping? I certainly can’t! When the kids and I finally went shopping again this week, it was quite exciting as I do love finding good grocery deals. After a successful no-spend month, I realized that we still have plenty in our stockpile and I’m going to TRY to be more selective on deals. I do love a good grocery shopping deal, so we’ll see how that goes. Here’s what I’ve bought to start March off.
Andy did a quick run to Meijer last week for bananas, milk and 2 packages of diapers while the kids were under the weather. He bought graham crackers as one of his $2.99 “splurges”. After coupons, he spent $20.22.
I went to the bulk food store and picked my “splurge” of chai tea mix, when I caught the kids’ cold. It was $3.47. Sometimes it really is the little things that make us happy.
I restocked our water with 4 gallons at $0.39 each, and a gallon of milk at $3.09. This is the most expensive I’ve seen milk in quite awhile. I’ll have to watch for more milk sales.
Meijer diapers were on sale for $4.99 a package, so I bought 3 packages. Since I’ve used up my diaper stockpile, diapers are a regular purchase again. I need to work on finding some extra good diaper deals again. I did have a $10 Mperks reward that I used on the diapers which made them only $1.66 a package. That is a great price!
It is frozen food month so I stocked up on some frozen pizzas for the freezer. Jacks pizza was on sale for 4 for $10 and I had a $1/4 Mperks coupon. Paying $2.25 for a pizza is a quick dinner. The Totinos pizzas were on sale for $0.88 and I had a $1/3 digital coupon so I only paid $0.52 a pizza. An excellent price for an easy lunch!
Pork was on sale. I bought pork loin for $1.49/lb and ribs for $1.79/lb. We ate the ribs this week and the pork loin is in the freezer for another week. Anyone have a good recipe for pork loin? I haven’t cooked it much but it was too good of a deal to pass up!
Onions were buy one, get 1 free so I got 6 pounds for only $1.99. I need to dice a bunch for the freezer. Bananas were $0.54/lb and I bought 3 pounds of fuji apples for $2.99.
The large box of sandwich bags (225 count) was on sale for $2.99 and that’s as low of a price as I can find any more. I also bought 2 boxes of Kleenex at $1 and used two of this $0.30/1 printable coupon. Then, I redeemed it for a $1 rebate on Checkout 51. Did you use Checkout 51? It’s easy like Ibotta and always has a $0.25 produce offer every week.
At Meijer, I spent $57.55.
On the way home, the kids and I stopped at Save-a-Lot for a couple baking deals. I’m doing some baking and needed to restock a couple spices ($1 each).
I picked up a chocolate pie crust ($1.49), sweetened condensed milk ($1.59 each), coconut ($1.79), whipping cream ($2.29 for 16 ounces), cool whip ($0.88 each) and 6 cans of corn ($0.44 each). I don’t make it to Aldi as often as I’d like but I do find Save-a-Lot prices comparable. Their baking items are always good prices!
At Save-a-Lot, I spent $17.07.
I got my favorite deals of the week at CVS where I stocked up on a lot of toilet paper and diapers – for nothing out of pocket! Here’s how.
Toilet paper was on sale for $6.99 a package. Scott 1000 is the brand my husband prefers and since he lets me chose the brands on almost everything else, I concede on this one. I try to stock-up under $0.50 a large roll. This deal was perfect!
Each package was $6.99 for 12 rolls and I had five different printable coupons from my computer and phone for $0.75/1 printable coupon. That took the price down to $6.24 a package. Plus, when I spent over $30, I got a $10 ECB back. That basically took the price down to $4.24 a package or $0.35 a roll. Stock-up time! Oh, and there was a Checkout 51 offer for a bonus $0.50. I then paid using a gift card that I had earned from clicking on emails at MyPoints so the cost didn’t have to come out of my grocery budget! I started using MyPoints years ago and I love it. It’s so simple but I love how I can earn a gift card or two every year, just for clicking on emails. If you want to give MyPoints a try, here’s where you can sign up. I just redeemed my points for a Red Robin gift card for a date night out with my husband.
Anyway, back to the deal. I bought all the toilet paper in one transaction and turned around and bought the Huggies diapers next. The diapers were on sale 2 for $20, which is high, but I used coupons! I had two $3/1 printable coupons plus a $4/2 CVS coupon that I could stack. That took the price down to 2 for $10. PLUS, I received a $5 ECB for buying the diapers, which means I really paid only $2.50 for the diapers. However, I used the $10 ECB from the toilet paper to pay for the diapers and the gift card to cover tax. So, I was out nothing from my grocery budget and I still have $5 ECBs to spend at CVS in the next month. Plus, we are well stocked on toilet paper for several months now!
I haven’t shopped in CVS in years because the deals aren’t nearly what they used to be. This trip made it worth my while again!
So far this month, we’ve spent $94.84 of our $260 monthly budget. What were your best deals this week?