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Saturday Savings – Shall I Continue?

I know it’s been a while since I posted a Saturday Savings grocery run-down, but March was brutal health-wise here (stomach flu, surgery for Chase, nasty colds and ear infections, etc) so I barely had the time to shop let alone blog about it.

Here’s the thing – when I first started Saturday Savings it was really just for fun. I thought it would be a fun way to see over  the year how much money I had saved on groceries (and the number is staggering), but I figure it might also inspire a few of you to start clipping coupons, shopping the sales and taking advantage of freebies. I’ve now been doing Saturday Savings for over a year and I’m considering stopping it. I’ll continue my rabid shopping ways and maybe, just maybe when I have an insanely good week I’ll blog about it. What do you all think? I know I have readers on Saturdays but I rarely get comments so I’m not really sure if it’s people just catching up on my other posts from the week or if they’re here to read SS.

Bottom line: If you enjoy reading Saturday Savings each week and get some sort of inspiration or help from it then I’ll continue, but you need to speak up!

Alright, onto the deals I found yesterday! I stopped at 4 stores (all within a couple of miles of each other on the same road) yesterday: CVS, Aldi, Hy-Vee and Price Chopper. Everything you see below cost me $77.16, that includes the $16 I spent for the two packages of Pull Ups (we have a separate line item in our budget for pull ups), AND I walked out of CVS with $6 in Extra Care Bucks.

CVS:

Pull Ups – 2 Jumbo Packs
Bumble Bee Tuna – 10 cans
Orbitz Gum
Scott 12 Pack of Toilet Paper

Aldi:
Bananas – 2.9 pounds
Gala Apples – 2 bags @ 3 pounds each
Peanut Butter
Elbow Macaroni – 2 pound box
Egg Noodles – 12oz bg
Bread – 3 loaves
Eggs – 1 dozen

HyVee:
Nestles Crunch Bar – 2
Red Baron French Bread Pizza – 2
Kellogg’s Special K Low Fat Granola – 2 boxes
Rold Gold Pretzels – 1 pound bag
1% Milk – 2 gallons

Price Chopper:
1% Milk – 1 gallon
Butter – 2 boxes
Frozen Veggies – 3 bags
Quaker Squares Cereal
Quaker Mini Rice Cakes
French Fried Onions – large can
Ritz Crackers – 2 boxes @ 4oz each
Quaker Granola Bars – 2 boxes
Jergen’s Lotion
Strawberries – 2 pounds
The following were all found in the clearance carts
Kraft Ranch Dressing
Wishbone Bountiful’s Italian Dressing
Disney Dried Fruit Boxes for kids – 3 packages of 6 boxes each
Raisin Bran Plus Cereal – 2 boxes

The Deals: At CVS I cashed in a rain check to get the tuna for .49 a can (normally $1.87 at CVS). They ran a smoking special on it about a month ago, but because it was such a great deal and didn’t have a purchase limit they sold out quickly. Always ask for a rain check! I also cashed in $10 in Extra Care Bucks to help cut down on the price of the tuna and the two packages of Pull Ups that I bought – which earned me another $5 in ECBs! Love rolling those over!

At Price Chopper I cleaned up in the clearance carts! The Raisin Bran must have been moved there because of a change in packaging because the design on the box did not match the picture on the coupon from last Sunday’s paper. The boxes were marked down to $2.50 and with the coupon from the paper (either $1 on one or $2 on 2) it brought the cost down to $1.50 for cereal that is regularly priced at $4.46. The Kraft Dressing was $1 and the Wishbone Dressing was only .50. The dried fruit packages were only $1 each. I also bought the Quaker Squares Cereal for only $1 after sale and coupon (78% off). Butter is only $1.48 a box but a limit of 2. With the amount of baking I’ve been doing lately I’ll be stopping by PC a few more times between now and Tuesday to buy butter a few more times. The milk I bought at PC was also Free thanks to a coupon that printed out last week after I bought a bunch of Kellogg’s cereal.

Later today I’ll also send Nick to Hen House to buy some Eggland’s Best Eggs – they’re on sale this week for $1.49 each and if you have a couple of coupons that will double (which I do) it’ll make for some cheap eggs!

Total Before Sales, Tax & Coupons: $156.78
Total After Sales & Coupons: $72.59 – 54% savings

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