Monday, February 06, 2012
Of Grocery Prices and Coupons. Yes, Again. :)
Well, I may post again later today, but I wanted to, first. share some of the great grocery deals I've gotten this past week. Why share those with you? Just simply as an encouragement that we don't need to fear the supermarket, you know, of having our only choice be between paying high prices or starving.
This year I'll be keeping a record of some of my best deals, so here's what I scribbled in my notebook this morning:
4 cups of Yoplait Lactose-Free Yogurt-- Regular price: $3.96. Paid .14 cents.
1/2 gallon Florida Natural Pink Grapefruit Juice-- Regular price $3.49. Paid $1.39.
2 Welch's 64 oz. white grape juice-- Regular price: $8.78. Paid $3.
1 Zone Perfect bar -- Regular price $1.49. Paid: Free, plus I gained an extra ten cents.
2 Banquet turkey sausage boxes-- Regular price: $4.38. Paid $1. (Something I rarely buy.)
Nature Made Vitamin D3, 100 ct., 2,000 mg.'s-- Regular price: $10.99. Paid $3.49.
Nature's Bounty Acidolphulus, 100 ct. -- Regular price: $9.99. Paid $3.49.
The prices I paid were due to the items being on sale plus using a coupon on them. The grapefruit juice wasn't on sale, though, but I used two coupons-- one was an ecoupon from the store (which I printed out) and a manufacturer's coupon which was doubled.
Oh, and remember Stan Brown's lowest-limit price list which I shared with you here? Well, I'm currently making my own price limit list. These are the top prices I'll pay for these items. Now that I've been able to regularly purchase them at these prices it's too hard to go higher:
Salsa-- $1.50 per pound
Laundry detergent-- $2 for 50 ounces
64 ounces of 100% fruit juice-- $2
Spaghetti sauce in a jar-- $1
Natural (no big-name brand) breakfast cereal-- $2.49 when I'm desperate, but usually it's $1.99 or less.
Bread: $2 per loaf, tops. Often it's more like $1.89
Tom's of Maine Natural Toothpaste-- $1
Cheese: $2.99 per pound, unless Tom talks me into spending $3.99 (sigh. If left up to me, I wouldn't buy it at all.)
15 oz. Peanut butter (with no high fructose corn syrup or hydrogenated anything) -- $2.50, but usually it's more like $2.
Most of these are sale prices combined with coupons. I love shopping downstairs in my basement kitchen for the items I've stocked-up on. I should play retro music down there on the radio when I do so! :)
Life changes for the better when we learn to view challenges as good for us rather than bad. I know we all wish Life was easier, but is that what we'd really like? Would we actually be happier if nothing ever happened to challenge us? If we never had to use our brains, our talents, our experience or to be clever?
Hmmm... I'm thinking probably not.
Last week while shopping I heard an announcement over the sound system, something about a contest. I didn't really pay attention until it said the grand prize would be a three-minute free shopping spree there at the store. Oh! "How Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio," I thought. Fun, and so nice to know things like this still exist in 2012.
Oh and last month I kept track of what I spent for all groceries and supplies from our supermarket and Rite Aid and I ended up saving (with sales and coupons) $20 more than I spent! That was kinda cool, indeed.
Here's a great relevant blog which Sarah recommended: www.grocerycartchallenge.blogspot.com/ Thanks, Sarah!
Oh! One more thing. While stepping into my supermarket this weekend, I thought, "How fun that some kids in our area will grow-up and remember the lovely 1940's, 50's and 60's music while shopping with their mom." Big smile.
Well, I got into the store and alas! The first two songs were a pop style from today. Now, the songs weren't bad or loud or awful or anything-- they just weren't the usual amazing retro stuff. Well, I began to get all flustered (Oh, bring the good stuff back. pul-ease!!), but took myself by the collar (figuratively) and said, "Debra, relax! Just appreciate all the times you heard that good stuff here. Besides, who says those days are over?"
And then, oh yes! Eventually, a lovely 1950's tune began to play and I smiled and sang along under my breath as I usually do. Oh happy day... and what a lesson: If we're pulling our hair out in frustration it's only because we're choosing to do so... we're choosing fear over faith, worry over trust.
Tsk. Tsk. :)
Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing."