Sunday, April 13, 2014
Errand Saturday (long)
After folding the clean, dried laundry yesterday, 2 more loads were washed and hung to dry in what turned out to be 72 degree weather. Beautiful! Unfortunately, I had to do the errands. With this warm weather, the shorts shortage has become an issue for the twins. First search location has to be the second hand market.
Shop # 1: Deer Hill Thrift shop, where I bought 4 6 oz Pyrex glass bowls. Perfect for individual desserts such as Jello/Pudding if not yogurt that I can make up ahead of time, cover with plastic wrap and keep at the ready in the fridge. I already had 4, but we never seemed to have enough clean ones available. I have seen them at stores and on EBAY, but didn't want to spend the $5 asking price. I paid $1.31 with tax instead, proceeds going to church charity work. Perfect.
Shop # 2: Walgreen's: stopped in to take advantage of a coupon deal on Bumble Bee canned Alaskan salmon @ $2.50/can (Aldi's charges $2.69). I was also hoping to use a coupon for their label, black olives, but they were out. I got a rain check. : )
Shop # 3: Salvation Army: sadly, no shorts are even out. I asked a clerk and as another was nearby, she joined the conversation to state that they had yet to receive their shipment (from a warehouse I assume) but should have them in a few weeks. I was one of several customers asking about them. Instead, the shop is FULL of Winter clothing. I did end up finding a pretty, botanical print with a bit of purple in it (hyacinth bean) for my bedroom. One of several marked prints from Stamford, according to the label on the back. I paid $9.56 for this framed print, withtax. Since I was there, I also donated a tall kitchen bag of my clothing, getting a tax slip and crossing Goodwill off my errand list. I still have more to get rid of. It's on the to do list for this week.
Shop # 4: Xpect Discounts: picked up 2 12 packs of Pansey's @ $3.49, 2 flavored water drinks (Aquafina splash-had a BOGO cpn), 2 16 pz Kraft dressing (honey mustard and creamy Italian for Summer pasta salads-used a cpn), 2 Daisy cottage cheese (2 cpns), lb strawberries, large tub organic spinach, the aforementioned potatoes, a gallon of Hawaiian punch (cpn), Marzetti coleslaw dressing (cpn), Marzetti simply vinagrette (cpn), Grey Poupon (cpn), large can Stokely sloppy joe sauce ($1.09/ double can=a real bargain compared to Manwich), 36 oz (not a typo) Hellmann's mayo (bonus size) @ $1.99 after cpn-awesome deal!. I spent $37.06 cash out the door. I have to tally the flowers outside of that, but it gives some idea of costs. I saved $7.99 with single value coupons. I also bought 2, 2 ct pkgs of spinbrush toothbrush replacement heads @ $16.99 but alternative resources cover that. Main reason I went here was for bread flour, they were out. : (
Shop # 5: Walmart-my least favorite store, but they had the Xbox for upcoming birthday boy's gift on sale. Turns out, they are out, they will be getting more, just don't know when. Prices in store were higher than on line. Looks like I'll order on line then. While there, I bought 1 box Kraft Deluxe mac n cheese dinner and an 8 oz block of Cheddar. I used coupons on both. Spend $2.93, saved $1.55 in single value coupons.
Store # 6: Stop n Shop: 3 marked down danish rings for Sunday breakfast (2 pecan, 1 raspberry), a pkg of onion, rectangular ciabatta rolls (I cut these into "hamburger buns") also marked down, marked down grinder rolls (thinking meatballs subs this week for lunch), 2 10 oz blocks Cracker Barrel Cheddar (store cpn plus a manufacturer coupon on top), French vanilla skim 1/2 and 1/2 quart (cpn), Hood cottage cheese (cpn), 4 Maia Greek yogurts (BOGO cpns), 3 Newman's own organic Greek yogurts (cpn), 4 1 lb blocks Sorrento Mozzarella (normally $5.99, on sale @ $1.99-awesome deal), 2, 2 lb tubs Sorrento Ricotta (also normally $5.99, on sale @ $2.99-great deal, so it looks like I'll be making some lasagna for the freezer this week while I am home), Trop 50 juice (cpn), Tropicana Farmstand juice (cpn), Birds Eye recipe ready (cpn), Birds eye steamfresh (cpn), 4 Bumble Bee albacore tuna @ $1, 2 4 lb bags Domino sugar (cpns), 5 lbs each bread flour and whole wheat flour, 5 cans Dole Pineapple (cpns), 2 lbs Florida crystals sugar (cpn), French's honey mustard (cpn), 2 Hungry jack hash brown potatoe mixes (cpns), Ocean Spray cran juice (cpn), 2 boxes crash n burn store brand granola bars @ $1.25, 4 ct pkg Scotts naturals TP (cpn), Dove Men's antidandruff shampoo (cpn), 2 boxes Tampax (cpn), Tresemme color care shampoo (cpn), asparagus $1.88/lb, organic Swiss chard, 2 Bumble Bee fzn shrimp dinners (previously gave a product review: normally $9.99/ea for a 2 person serving, these were on sale @ $5.99, then I stacked 2 $1 coupons on top, bringing this "treat" down to $4.99 x 2=$9.98 for a 4 person meal. Just add rice, a side veg. Very do-able.). I spent $80 cash, then $12.98 off of my debit card, so $92.98, saved $30.01 in double up to 99 cents coupons. Most coupon items were also sale items such as the canned pineapple on sale @ $1. After coupons, I paid 50 cents for 2 and 67 for 3 of them. Cheaper than the 89 cents Aldi's charges. We've really been relying heavily on canned fruit as the fresh isn't so fresh, and it's expensive. I was down to 1 week's worth of canned fruit.
Store # 7: Mc D's where I caved and got $1 iced tea, a value hamburger @ $1.19, a small fry @$1.39. $3.81 cash. Avoided a migraine, so worth it.
Store # 8: Aldi's: 1 box honey nut "cheerios", doz eggs, gal milk, 2 each: fruit cocktail/peaches/pears, bottle chocolate syrup, can sweetened condensed milk. $14.67 debit card
Store # 9: Dollar Tree: 4 boxes tissues, 4 19 oz cans baked beans, 4 ketchup, a new scrub brush with a handle that fits nicely into my arthritic hand. $13.32 debit card
Store # 10: CVS: 15 oz bottle Irish Spring "gear" men's body wash, 6 ct same "gear" soap, a pkg of cvs throat drops. Used rewards points of $2, a 25% off instore purchase coupon, 2 manufacturer coupons on the men's soap and wash that were both on sale. Paid $4.57 cash. I supposedly save $9.85 over the normal price. @@
So, I will need to do my maths and tally my receipts. I did well today, we are well stocked now, some areas were getting dangerously low or depleated. While some "fancier" items such as the steam bags, recipe ready bag, BB shrimp dinners and danish were purchased, I got them as cheaply as I will ever find them, so they dropped to "reasonable." Meat is getting more and more expensive. We will continue to eat less and less, I am afraid. Our diets have changed over the past 5 or so years, and continue to do so, in response to costs.
Once home, everything was put away. Just DD and I until late Mon evening (boys spending an extended weekend with Dad as they are on break), so burgers (recent marked down, and later fzn ones) on toasted onion ciabatta rolls, pkg recipe ready veg mix (asparagus, red pepper, peas, carrots)-very good by the way! I don't mind paying $1 for it, forget the usual price. I normally stick to plain fzn veg when I do buy them, for economy. This was an unexpected bargain, by combining a sale plus a $1 off cpn.
Before it got too dark, I swept the front stoop, got out my 2 large planters and planted and then watered the Pansey's. 2 Spring floral flags grace the 2 front entrances as well. Looks nice, IMO.