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Shopping the Sale Ads 
Aug. 22, 2010 12:57 pm 
Updated: Jan. 2, 2011 9:18 am
I’ve noticed that many of my AR friends shop the sale ads and plan their menus accordingly. I’ve noticed that others use coupons and spend next to nothing on groceries. Others, like me, shop at the cheapest place in town (Aldi, in my case) and supplement their haul by trekking to another store to get what they couldn’t find at the first.

During the summer months, my produce expenses are little- I save money and get great veggies by shopping at the farmers’ market. This week I spent $18.00 at the farmers’ market and came away with the following:

3 seedless watermelon (one of which the gentleman gave me for free)
7 heads of garlic
12 ears of corn
2 purple peppers (cool, huh?)
9 summer squash
1 lb. tomatoes
2 cucumbers

I decided to do my grocery shopping based on the weekly ads of two local stores- Fareway and HyVee. I spent $115.00 between the two stores and bought the following items:

10 large Portobello mushrooms
2 packages of buns (I didn’t feel like making homemade- too hot)
1.5 lbs. Monterey Jack cheese
10 lbs. 80% lean, grass-fed ground beef (no hormones, either- yay Fareway!)
2 pork tenderloins
10 pork chops
8 small steaks
4 packages of bacon (for freezing- they were 1.99/lb.)
4 boxes of pasta
4 jars of pasta sauce
2 lbs. pears
3 lbs. peaches
20 lbs. chicken leg quarters
1 dozen eggs
2 gallons of milk
1 box of cereal
1 fruit pizza
2 lbs. apples
1 box Breton sesame crackers
2 bunches of bananas
1 lb. potatoes

Total spent on groceries this week: $133

I went a little overboard with the meat purchases, but we have a deep freeze, so space isn’t an issue. I’m amazed at how much I got for my money. By shopping the sales and buying local produce, I spent less than I typically do shopping at Aldi. For less than I generally spend per week, I got a month’s supply of meat! Wild, huh?

Last night I made sticky chicken (go ahead and try it- it’s actually not sticky at all). After dinner, my husband took all the meat off the bones so I could make some stock. I used the stock today to make a delicious chicken soup. Other things I’ll make this week include Portobello burgers, baked ziti, vegetarian korma and roasted pork tenderloin. I’ll figure the rest out as I go along.

I’m sure I could spend less if I did the coupon thing, but I think for now I’ll stick with the weekly sales. I’m very pleased with the results.

Aug. 22, 2010 1:41 pm
What a great deal. Most of those items don't usually have too many coupons anyway other than the grains. I do the ads and coupons but also found one of the best sources of coupons is the dispensers you find throughout the store. I take extras for later use. Is that wrong?
Aug. 22, 2010 1:43 pm
Good for you! My dad goes through all the weekly sale ads, and calls me to let me know what the good sales are and I plan accordingly. He's retired and I guess figures he has more time. I usually make him something yummy in return, so that might actually be his motivation!
Aug. 22, 2010 2:00 pm
linda, that makes me feel better- knowing that the items I buy don't have coupons. Then I don't have to feel like I should be cutting back on my spending! :) I don't think that's wrong at all- someone should be saving- might as well be you!
Aug. 22, 2010 2:02 pm
Jam, that's a nice system you have with your dad. Whenever there is a crazy sale (pineapples for $1.30 was the last one) my sister Mary and I text the location and price to each other. It's good to know someone else is looking out for the deals as well.
Aug. 22, 2010 2:47 pm
Wow, that's a lot of meat! I agree with might have found a coupon for cereal, but you usually have to buy 2 boxes, the pasta sauce, the pasta and sometimes you can find a coupon for bacon. Good job!
Aug. 22, 2010 3:53 pm
CP, I do the same thing. I only buy meats on sale. My veggies are from a garden. And I do go to the farmers market to get other veggies that I don't have. I do buy things that are on sale and use my coupon (if my coupon hasn't expired).
Aug. 22, 2010 4:19 pm
You did better than I did this week but it happened that we ran out of everything right before shopping day, so we had to get shampoo, dog food, razors.....just about everything.
Aug. 22, 2010 4:22 pm
Janpie- I couldn't believe the deals I got on the meat! The pork tenderloin was BOGO free at HyVee. The chicken leg quarters were $.49/lb. I'll definitely be using the sale ads from here on out.
Aug. 22, 2010 4:24 pm
luv2cook- I'm so jealous of all you gardeners! I plan on putting one in next spring- I'm sure all be all over the RE asking questions.
Aug. 22, 2010 5:58 pm
Better the day before than the day after, Tat! Seems like nobody tells me anything they need until the minute I get back from the store. Then they tell me I forgot to get all the things I didn't even know we needed!
Aug. 22, 2010 9:12 pm
Awesome! Ive been shopping the sale ads and using coupons. 2 weeks ago I saved almost $30 between the two. I admit I didnt use the sale ad this week because I was just too lazy and the fridge was flat bare! My MIL and another friend of mine text back and forth also when we see a great deal! Saving money makes everyone happy!
Aug. 22, 2010 9:29 pm
Well done CP! My eldest daughter and I sit down once a week and scan the sale ads - plot and plan. We pick up stuff for each other - it works very well. :)
Aug. 23, 2010 8:50 am
I love saving money on groceries, I feel like I have done my good deed for the household budget.
Aug. 23, 2010 5:56 pm
LED- it's kind of thrilling when you add up what you saved, isn't it? BN- thanks for stopping by. I have to admit I felt pretty cool being mentioned in your blog. LOL
Aug. 23, 2010 5:57 pm
RG- Same here! Especially because we have to watch our pennies this month- September is expensive with school tuition and car insurance, plus we close on our house this Friday. I'm happy to know that we're set on groceries- one less expense!
Aug. 24, 2010 12:27 pm
Awesome Lady! I am definitely gonna have to try this route! Congrats on the savings! Love You!
Aug. 24, 2010 6:06 pm
Thanks, Meg- Love you, too!
Aug. 24, 2010 7:17 pm
Citrus - good job. I love Hy-Vee's deals and plan a lot of meals around their sale flyers, especially when they have meat or frozen food sales.
Aug. 24, 2010 7:19 pm
P.S. Congrats on the house. Are you moving far, getting a bigger house?
Aug. 25, 2010 7:05 pm
Hy-Vee does have great sales- I made enough portobello burgers to feed an army and they cost me $4.00 We're staying in the same town, MB, we're just moving on to bigger and better things. :)
Jan. 2, 2011 9:18 am
Wow looks like you got lots of deals~!
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