Thrifty Thursday – Prepping to be Thrifty!

Today starts the first day of my thrifty adventures! I’m making my grocery list for tomorrow and focusing on stocking up on things that won’t go bad quickly. If we can stock up on our staple items, more money can be freed up for stuff like fresh fruit and vegetables.

Our local store is pretty good about having decent sales, I just need to take advantage of them. I also want to explore splitting up the shopping at different stores to take advantage of some better prices but that’s not always convenient. Trader Joe’s is just down the street so I definitely want to keep doing some of my shopping there each week.

Here are some great deals I’m planning on taking advantage of this week:

  • My favorite brand of toilet paper is on sale, 20 rolls for $9.99, which seems like a pretty good deal. It’s usually $5-7 for 12 rolls. This is one thing I cannot cheap out on, I’m pretty picky about what I use. Toilet paper is a great thing to stock up on too since it has no expiration date.
  • Corn! I don’t think it’s quite corn season yet but my store is running major sales. This week it’s $0.15 an ear, which is less than a dollar for four. That is awesome!
  • My favorite chicken sale! Leg quarters, thighs and legs are $0.99 a pound this week. I’m definitely going to stock up again and freeze, I still have a few thighs left over from last time. Plus, more chicken stock!
  • I am not the biggest berry fan. I love strawberries but I usually pass on blueberries, raspberries and blackberries, unless they’re just a flavor of something. But this week, pints of blueberries are on sale for 2/$3. I’m going to pick up a pint and see what I can do with them. I found an easy recipe for blueberry freezer jam, I might give it a try. Blueberry muffins are also an easy crowd pleaser.
  • Good olive oil. I usually just buy store brand oil, but a nicer brand is on sale Buy 1 Get 1. Even if it’s a $10 bottle, that’s $20 worth of olive oil for half price! If it’s more than $10 though, I’m leaving them on the shelf.
  • A ten pound bag of potatoes is only $3.99 this week. I might have to make up a big batch of french fries for the freezer and get creative with using the rest, but at least they’ll last a few weeks.

My ‘make not buy’ project this week, besides looking into blueberry jam, is granola bars. My fiance buys some every week but it adds up quickly, plus a lot of them aren’t as healthy as they seem. These Banana Nut Bread Granola Bars seem easy, nutritious and not overly sweet, plus there’s no peanut butter in them. I’ll be picking up some nuts and ground flaxseed at Trader Joe’s. You’ll see the results of my week next Thrifty Thursday!

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