Coupons in hand, list of needs and a list of "sales," I headed off to the grocery stores in the city, after making a trip to the transfer station to unload our recycling and trash. $8 later, I had an empty car. Pleased to report that we continue to recycle at least twice as much, if not more, than we have of actual trash/refuse.
First stop: Stop and Shop. A pricier store, but bargains can be had. I entered around 11 a.m.-the time that any marked downs are usually set out by. I got the following: 2 loaves of store brand Rye bread @ $1.24, 2 12 ct pkgs of store brand English muffins @ $1.49, a pkg of store brand whole wheat buns @ $1.24. All baked goods were 50% off. 3 newman's own organic Greek yogurts @ 67 after sale plus cpn, multiple boxes of barilla pasta @ 88 cents (great stock up price), 1 large jar of Dole mandarins @ $1.99 after cpn, 2 bags 8 O'clock coffee BOGO @ $5.99 so $3 ea, 1 family size bag Lay's potato chips @ $1.99 after cpn, 1 bottle Franks Sweet chilli sauce @ $1.99 after cpn, 1 French's Dijon @ $1.99 after cpn, 1 4 ct box of Good Season salad dressing mix @ $1.99 after sale plus cpn, 11.5 oz can Maxwell House coffee 49 cents (not a typo!) after sale + store cpn + manufacturer cpn, 1 box Triscuit Rye crackers $1.50 after sale + cpn, 2 bottles Pepsi and 1 of Schwepps ginger ale @ 99 ea, 1 box Quacker granola bars @ $2.50, 2 family sized boxes of Kraft mac n cheese @ $1.22 (good for emergency shelf or when kids are home alone), 1 Colgate toothpaste @ 99 cents after sale + cpn, 1 bottle Loreal color care shampoo $1.99 after sale + cpn, 1 Mennen speed stick deod $1 after sale plus cpn, 2 pkgs Oscar Mayer coldcuts (turkey and chicken) @ $2.49 after sale + cpn (same price as Aldi's version), 2 lb pkg of strawberries $3.99, 2 lbs carrots @ $1.99, 8 oz tub fresh mushrooms 89 cents after sale + store cpn, Pom coconut juice $1.50 after sale + cpn, a large musk melon 99 cents on marked down, 1 3 ct pkg Romaine hearts $2 sale. I spent $69.68 out the door. I have yet to tabulate my actual cpn savings-their receipt offers false "savings" totals.
Store # 2: Dollar Tree where I bought the following: 4 large boxes Post great grains banana crunch cereal-awesome find!; 8 boxes tissues (allergies are fierce right now!), 2 boxes of fruit filled cereal bars, 4 8 ct pkgs eggs for baking/cooking (saving my farm eggs for when I serve eggs for bfst besides hard boiled), 2 3 ct pkgs rectangular aluminum pans with lids for freezer meals and for when my older son takes food home. I spent $20.64.
Store # 3: Aldi's, where I bought: 2 dairy section OJ (out of fzn until Tues-we'll run out), 1 gallon milk, 2 large cans baked beans,10 lbs Russets-they FINALLY have fresh, non sprouting spuds in!, 4 fzn lemonade (noted price increase to 99 cents), a bag of chex type mix, a bag of sunflower kernals, 2 cubes lotion tissue. pouch of sliced Pepperoni, bologna, ham for sandwiches, a tub of vanilla bean ice cream for tonight's dessert, graham crackers, large box cheeze it type crackers, box honey nut "cheerios", 1 large can coffee (I now have 4 large cans plus a reg can and a reg bag on reserve in my pantry as an edge against the shortage. I won't be buying any more for some time now; 4 tubes fz 85% ground beef (noted price increase to $2.99/lb), chocolate syrup, 4 4 lb bags sugar, 2 boxes pastry crisps, 2 cans pears, 4 German chocolate bars for S'mores, 1 bag each reg and mini marshmallows (S'mores and ambrosia), 2 cans peaches, 2 cans mushrooms, 2 bags "doritos", 1 bag rice cakes, 2 boxes "oreos", 2 pkgs "fig newtons", wedge Parmesan, 1 fzn tube grnd turkey (noted price increase to $1.69), 1 4 ct pkgs Italian Kiwis, 2 cukes, onion rolls, Kaiser rolls. I spent $110.70.
I am done for may, besides a must have such as milk. All of the above was paid for in CASH.
Supper was sloppy joes on Price Rite buns, a large salad. Weather was downright tropical: hot and humid. No A/C (we only have window units to be installed in the BR's anyway), so I kept the curtains closed, the windows/doors shut and ran an oscilating fan in the kitchen. Quite comfortable.