Well, Sunday ended up being SHOPPING Day. So even though I just shared a Weekly Savings post yesterday, I thought I’d go ahead and post some more pictures.
A lot of people assume I never shop without using coupons, but the truth is that I often shop without coupons. I rely on my mental price book to get the best deals I can on foods that rarely have coupons.
This first round is totally coupon-free. (Excuse my son – he insisted on being in the picture!) This haul came from three different stores, including Costco, and my total was $99.92. Ouch. Not a single coupon used.
You might notice that I have very little meat on the table. In fact, all we bought was one chicken (for soup) and one 2-lb piece of London Broil (over $20 alone – double ouch.)
What’s missing from the picture is a brisket for Shabbat lunch. Fortunately we have a 12-lb brisket sitting in our freezer. That saved us a pretty penny for our Rosh Hashana shopping. And, with any luck, we will have some left-overs to ease our Sukkot cooking.
Later in the day, I did a fruit, veggie and the “basics” run to Aldi and a local grocery store.
My total from both stores was $37.81. Highlights include 3-pound bags of onions for $.79 each, honey for $4.49 and a gallon of skim milk for $1.99 – all at Aldi. At Hy-Vee, I got organic celery for $.88, butter for $1.99 and a dozen eggs for $.69 – with coupons and sales. I over-paid for the plums ($1.99/lb), but they were the same price everywhere I checked.
My final trip of the day was to Walgreens and CVS. I had no Register Rewards, but did have a lot of ECBs. Here’s what I got:
At Walgreens, I got razors, razor refills, maxipads, 2 4-lb bags of sugar and 2 ZarBee’s Natural Cough Syrup. I also got some fillers: erasers (with a rain check for $.39 each), 3 pencils ($.05 each) and a nice smelling candle ($.99). The retail value on this would have $55.67, before tax. I paid $13.44, including tax, and I have a $6 RR left for next time.
At CVS, I got two Soft Soap hand pumps, one 8-ct of Exedrin, one ThermaCare back pain thingy (that’s the technical term), and Physicians Formula eye liner and undereye concealer. The retail value would have been $28.24 (+ tax). I paid $5.53 out of pocket, including tax, thanks to coupons, sales and $21 in ECBs. I also walked out with $15.87 in ECBs for my next trip.
My out-of-pocket total for the day was $156.70. I still have a few things to get – couscous, margarine and pomegranate (all at Whole Foods) and some disposable tins. Those purchases will probably put my Rosh Hashana total closer to $200.
While that was about what I expected to spend, we’ve unfortunately gone over on the rest of our food spending this month by about $80. I will have to budget in an extra $80 next month to cover this over-budget goof.
How’d everybody else do with their Rosh Hashana shopping? Anyone score some great deals on apples, honey or pomegranates? Anyone else over-pay for produce like I did?