Saturday Savings

I despise paying full price for anything. When I shopped this week I had to do just that and it drove me crazy. I’m sure I visibly cringed when I picked the bags of frozen veggies up and put them in my cart. Why did I have to pay full price for something if I’m such a Master Shopper? Well, my freezer has been chock full of meat, bread, pancakes etc and so when there have been good prices for veggies I haven’t been able to do a true “stock up”. I figure it’s more important to have big savings on meat than it is to have big savings on veggies. Even with this logic it still broke my heart to pay full price for frozen peas. Maybe someday I’ll be lucky enough to be the proud owner of a chest freezer!

Ok, enough venting… on with the savings!

This week I spent quite a bit more than usual. $14 dollars of what I spent went towards buying the items I needed to fulfill my Cans for Comments commitment. So of the $76 I spent total, only $62 of it was for our family. That’s a little bit more than I wanted to spend this week, but there were some meat deals I couldn’t turn down. As a result I’ll have to be extra diligent in the coming weeks.

This is everything I bought, including the Cans for Comments items.

Here’s the bag and box of 39 items I’ll be dropping off at the food bank ministry at church this weekend! Thanks for making the comments – we’ll do it again in the future!

Whole Milk – 2 gallons
Ramen Noodles – 12 pack
Condensed Soups – 12 cans
Stuffing Mix – 2 boxes
Cream Cheese
Crescent Rolls – 2 cans
Bananas – 2.5 pounds
Red Delicious Apples – 3 pound bag
Long Grain Rice – 3 pound bag
Cinnamon Graham Crackers
Frozen Sliced Strawberries
Frozen Blackberries
Kellogg’s Raisin Bran – 2 large boxes
Ragu pasta sauces – 2 jars
Herbal Essence Shampoo – 2 bottles
Kiwi – 6
Deli Turkey – 1 pound
Frozen Veggies – 3 bags
Freschetta Pizzamore Thin Crust
Canned Veggies – 6
Mac ‘n Cheese – 10 boxes
Brown Sugar – 2 pound bag
Bagged Garden Salad
Green Grapes – 1.8 pounds
Tomatoes – 1.45 pounds
Whole Chicken – 3 for a total of 9.82 pounds

I had a couple of really exciting bargains this week…
Kellogg’s Raisin Bran – boxes normally sell for $4.09 a piece, but with sale and coupon I paid only $1.29 a box!
Herbal Essence Shampoo – bottles normally sell for $3.69 a bottle, but with sale and coupon I paid only $1 a bottle!
Tomatoes – normally $2.48 a pound and with the sale I paid only .68 a pound – that’s 73% off!
Whole Chicken – normally they are $1.18 a pound, but they were 50% off for only .59 a pound.
Bagged Garden Salad – normally $1.49 a pound, but with coupon I paid .69.

Total Before Tax, Sales and Coupons: $118.38
Total After Sales and Coupons: $72.36

I also feel the need to share with you how obsessive I can be with finding a deal. Last Sunday I headed to CVS to buy Nick deodorant and me some Diet Coke. In the last several months I’ve seen Nick’s brand of deodorant with .55 cent peel off coupons on them. The brand was on sale BOGO, so I was already getting a decent deal. I didn’t notice any of the .55 coupons initially so I dug through the rack until I found a couple way in the back! In addition to the coupons I also had $5 in Extra Care Bucks to spend. After purchasing 2 sticks of deodorant and a 12 pack of Diet Coke I only paid out of pocket $1.27! Score!

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