Thrifty Thursday – Saving Money at the Grocery Store

I went to the grocery store last Friday and managed to spend $10 less than we usually do. The one difference? I went alone!

I love my fiance and I love that he goes grocery shopping with me, but I feel a lot more productive alone. He’s always ready to leave basically as soon as we get there, so I don’t feel like I can look around and find things that aren’t on the list but that might be a fantastic deal for us. On the other hand, he’s the one that will stand in line at the deli while I do more of the shopping.

There are pros and cons to taking someone with you to the store of course. If they’re picky about certain things like the cereal or juice that only they use, it’s a good idea to bring them to pick it out. On the other hand, they’ll impulse grab a few things they want that aren’t on the list and bring the cost up, like a steak. (Or that bag of Doritos that we really don’t need and please don’t because I’m on a diet).  This is probably doubly true if you have kids and bring them.

The Top Three Rules of Saving Money While Food Shopping

  1. Make A List
  2. Don’t Go Hungry
  3. Don’t Bring the Impulse Buyers

But I’m very satisfied with my shopping trip. I found some great deals for this week:

  • A bag of coffee – $2.99 (reg. $6.99) – my store regularly runs this deal for different brands and I try to grab it every time, even if I’m not running low yet. Can you believe some brands don’t discount their decaf coffee? So not fair.
  • Sandwich pickles – $1.88 (reg. $2.99) – my fiance goes through pickles like they’re going out of style. We’ve been buying them almost every week.
  • Canned diced tomatoes – $.79 (reg. $1.00) – I use these in everything. $1 is cheap but cheaper is better.
  • Brown sugar – $1.00 (reg. $1.49) – I use this in my oatmeal every morning, when I don’t have berries to mix in.
  • Large chicken breasts – $1.77/lb (reg. $2.99/lb) – this is for the giant 3+ pound packages. It just so happens I need to bring some to my future mother-in-law’s place for July 4th so that was good timing.
  • Bay scallops – $5.50 (reg. $6.99) – still trying to figure out a way to cook these that we like, but a decent deal on any seafood is rare and should be snapped up.
  • Baby kale mix – $1.77 (reg. $2.99) – I keep having to throw half-finished bags like this out, but it’s always good to have on hand.
  • Red bell pepper – $1.99/lb (reg. $2.49/lb) – I hate that these are more expensive than green ones even though they’re the same exact thing, just more ripened.
  • Corn – 8/$2.99 – Love this deal, I’m going to keep buying it until corn is out of season. Even if we don’t eat all of them in time.
  • Blueberries – $.97/pint (reg. $1.99) – I’ve never liked blueberries but they’re growing on me now that I’m an adult. I’ve been mixing them into my oatmeal every morning, yum.

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