We headed out to town on a strict frugal shopping mission and came back very pleased with our ultra-frugal results!
Our trip to CVS trip cost us a grand total of .44 cents! I ended up with 2 packages of diapers and two packages of pullups and a toothbrush and a bunch of Hershey’s chocolate (great for baking!). I earned $17 back in extra bucks.
Our trip to Kroger was also a huge success ending up with some freebies like baby wipes and our final stop to replace our blender was a huge surprise when we found a $55 blender for $13 and it has a food processor attachment. Evidently blenders are a seasonal item, or so I was told? Since I tend to go through a blender a year, until I can find a good commercial grade, stainless steal, non-breakable blender…the $13 blender does the job.
Here is just a sample of some of the good finds: free soap, free huggies wipes, free Tabasco sauce and cayenne pepper sauce, .40 cent toothbrushes, .80 cent big roll viva paper towels. We also found a beautiful .50 cent potted plant marked down from $15. All in all, our grocery / household supplies bill this week was considerably less.
I am beginning to see great successes in our pantry store and can contribute that to several factors: 1.) It is amazing how much you can do by just raising your own meat, eggs and milk! 2.) I also quit buying small bags (3 to 5 lbs) of items from the Amish and started buying the 25lb and 50lb bags from them– grain, flour, oats, sugar etc. That really makes a difference in the long run if you can plan the extra expense of a $19 or $22 purchase for a large bag into the month. 3.) Taking advantage of the regular stores as much as possible when I find excellent stock-up deals (using coupons and rebates) on items for our pantry store.
Frugal Tips when shopping at a regular stores:
- Always look for a clearance section in the store. We found a basket full of Recharge juice, the kind I was looking to stock up on for labor and postpartum, marked down to $1 a jug. We found the clearanced blender on a back shelf away from the other smaller regular priced appliances.
- Scan the store shelves for clearance tags and stickers hidden along side regular priced items. We found 8 bottles of dish soap, which ended up being free after the coupons, sitting on the shelf next to the regular priced dish soap. We also found 10 packages of baby wipes clearanced out just because they had Christmas packaging, which ended up being free after coupons.
- Don’t forget about those little stores. We have a small town store that ran a sale last week on toilet paper and with coupons we stocked up on some free toilet paper. Sometimes these smaller IGA type stores run some very good sales. Everything else may cost triple, but they will occasionally have some great loss leader sales you can take advantage of.
- Keep a mental tally, or a calculator handy to keep up with what your total cost should be. I got back over $10 just on yesterday’s trip as well as 3 bags of free dog food after pointing out that several items rang up higher than what the sale tag said.
While the girls were out doing some much needed pantry stocking, the men were doing some much needed farm work of which another blog post will have to tell…