Monday, October 26, 2009

(Mostly) monthly grocery shopping again

Lately, I've been overwhelmed by the number of things I need to do on my "day off" from homeschooling. So I decided to revisit the idea of shopping for the bulk of my groceries once a month.

I already had a monthly menu made out, so I just pulled out the shopping list, checked off the items I already had (i.e. ALL the meat and vegetables!) and went shopping for the rest. I was pretty happy with how I did, but first let me show you my drug store deals for the week:

Rite Aid
  • Kotex pads - FREE after SCR and coupon
  • 2 GE light bulbs (2-packs) - FREE after SCR
  • Vaseline Intensive Rescue (or something like that) lotion - $0.50 profit after SCR and coupon
  • 4 Reese's Peanut Butter cups (8-packs) - $0.33 each after sale and coupon [These are my husband's favorite, and it was a "can't-miss" price!]

TOTAL: $1.44, including tax

2 Dickinson's witch hazel toner - $0.49 each after sale and coupon
Dentek flossers - should have been* FREE after coupon and Register Reward
Trident gum - $0.54 after coupon

TOTAL: $0.26 since I used up the last of my Register Rewards

*Once again, the Register Reward didn't print, and I have no idea why. I'm more than a little tired of this happening, and I'm not the type of person that enjoys pointing out these kinds of things (which seem to happen on every shopping trip). So I have decided to quit actively pursuing Register Reward deals at Walgreens. If they ever decide to go to the "club card" like CVS - which they supposedly were going to come out with around August - I might get back on the bandwagon. Until then, I'm not "biting" on Register Reward deals unless it's a must-have at our house. It's not worth my time and effort anymore.

On a brighter note, here are the monthly groceries I got for $57.24:

Now before you have a heart attack that there is almost no meat here, let me assure you that my freezer is almost overflowing with chicken breast, ground turkey and beef, pork chops, ham and roasts that I'll be using in conjunction with these groceries this month. We eat very well around here. :)

That's also the beauty of once-a-month shopping. I can use my stockpiled meat that I got at rock-bottom prices, and then use the rest of my monthly grocery budget to restock as the good sales pop up again. And, to reduce the time in the stores, I'm hoping to be able to limit myself to one grocery store a week. If I get desperate, I just might do price-matching at Wal-Mart, but that's last-ditch desperation here since I like to give my business to others when possible.

So let me just highlight some of the best deals of the day ...

Food Lion
1 dozen eggs - $0.23 after store coupon
nacho tortilla chips (11.5 ozs) - $1.00 after store coupon
2 packs hamburger rolls - $0.27 each after store coupon
Tyson chicken nuggets (2.5 lbs?) - $2.49 after sale and coupon
Jose Ole Taquitos (15/pack) - $1.59 after sale and coupon
Jamestown (?) bulk sausage - $1.00 each on sale

Friskies cat treats (for a friend's cats) - FREE after coupon
Huggies flushable wipes - $0.64 each after coupon

Oh, and before I forget ... Did I ever mention buying bubblegum-flavored flouride rinse for my kids at Dollar Tree? Well, there's a good reason you see another brand of flouride rinse in this picture (Hector Inspector - $1.99 after my coupon).

You see, I don't think I have ever been disappointed in anything I bought at Dollar Tree until I bought the flouride rinse. Please don't ever subject your kids to that stuff! "Toxic waste" doesn't even come close to describing the taste. It's so bad it would have probably been better if they hadn't tried to make it taste like bubblegum. I tried it myself, so I know what I'm talking about.

If you know me, you know that I try not to waste anything ... but that flouride rinse was promptly thrown in the trash! When my son woke up the next morning, the first thing he asked me was, "Are you going to make us use that mouthwash again, Mommy?" I'm not joking!! Of course I told him that would be bordering on child abuse and that brand would never come into our house again.

But you can understand that my kids were a little nervous about trying Hector Inspector bubblegum-flavored flouride rinse from Wal-Mart. :) However, it passed their taste test, and I tried it, too. This flouride rinse actually does taste like bubblegum, except that you get most of the "taste" after you're done.

... Just a little "word to the wise"! ;)


Anonymous said...

You scored some great deals!

I'm glad you mentioned your experience at Walgreens. I also have decided to not focus on RR's and hope that they change that soon. While I'm thankful for the deals I've gotten, it is quite frustrating to not get what was promised for buying a product/products.

I hope your montly shopping plan goes smoothly.