Wednesday, May 11, 2016
This Week's Shopping Trips
One was a gift of some Amazon giftcards, which between them and some other giftcards I had from redeeming Swagbucks and doing a research study with a college on autism research (it was a 2 year project I've been involved in) I worked really hard to make those giftcards go as far as I possibly could on Amazon. I bought my son his yearly supply of Hersheyettes MUCH cheaper than if I'd gone through Chocolate World (actually not only did I get said chocolate cheaper I got twice the amount I normally get through Chocolate World as well, which will save me a bundle not having to buy more chocolate candy for the holidays and such through my other go-to nut free online store). The biggest thing I saved on with buying them that way was the savings in shipping due to the lesser price of shipping on Amazon once I reached their minimum free shipping threshold (REALLY need to get Prime sometime soon, though as 49.00 for free shipping now? OUCH!). I was also able to get some non-food items we desperately needed around here as well (I'll go more into detail on that later on so I can focus on food items here). I'm very very grateful for the blessings that I received with those gift cards.
For Mother's Day (speaking of giftcards) my mother-in-law gifted me with a Fred Meyer gift card,so I decided to use that to go toward canning lids and sugar that I needed for my monthly shopping needs as I was still pretty low on sugar and knew I would need it if I should run into any produce that I wanted to can and such (not to mention I just hate to run too low on staples like that). So, I went to Fred Meyer figuring I'd get a big 25 lb bag of sugar, but they were out. So, I settled for 12 lbs for about 6.00 (the sugar was like 2.12 per bag or something like that...sorry I just have the total for the trip in front of me *laugh*).
I also ran into a really nice sale on canning lids! The regular mouth canning lids, normally over 2.00 per box anywhere I'd look were only 1.70 per box about and the wide mouthed canning lids (which is where the REAL savings were as those are up to nearly 4.00 per BOX regular price!) were 2.49 per box! I stocked up!
I also got cat food while I was there as it is much cheaper there than at Carrs.
I was worried that my seeds for my peas weren't going to come up with how cold it has been a lot of this summer so far, so I grabbed some pea seeds that are hardy in cold or heat and was going to plant those should the other ones fail to germinate (luckily my peas finally started coming up the last couple of days, so I'll just save the other ones for next year).
I also got my Friday Freebies that I had saved from my friend and from me (thanks again, Stephanie). I was so frazzled and so busy lately I completely spaced the bread freebie until it was gone, but luckily my friend was more with it than I was and I was able to get her freebie for that. I had looked for it last week but our stores hadn't had it in yet, so I was thrilled to find it this week.
I was also able to score a free Lindt stick candy thingie that my mom sent me a free coupon for (it looked like a coupon from the company, so I have no idea where she got it from to send me, but I was happy either way :).
The Doritos and Oreos were for my son for reinforcers (the cookies) and for snacks and stuff. They were on sale or cheaper than I could get at Carrs.
All totaled after gift card and coupons I had I spent 17.39 at Fred Meyer. I didn't think that was too shabby really.
I then ran to Carrs to fill my daughter's prescription and got milk and eggs (eggs were on sale for .99 a dozen with in-ad coupon). All totaled I spent 8.37 at Carrs (I would have gotten milk at Fred Meyer, but I forgot. Go me!).
I'm really hoping that I can start to rack up some rewards points this period as they are once again doing their double rewards points on the weekend thing (you just need to load the E-Coupon once to your card for the entire period and it lasts all summer long). We are usually in town on Saturdays, so I'm hoping to be able to just run and get my shopping done at Fred Meyer that I need to get done that day.
Anyway, tangent aside, I spent a total of 27.04 on groceries this week. Not too bad. Of course next week's shopping trip is going to cost more because I have "son food" to get, but overall I'm happy with this week.
The green beans I bought I'm planning on blanching and freezing tomorrow to hopefully use as dilly bean fodder a bit later in the year once I have some dill. The spinach and the lettuce we've been mixing for a more flavorful salad and are enjoying them thoroughly.
So what about you? Found anything good at the stores lately?