Thrifty Thursday – It Isn’t Always About Saving

An important part of saving money for groceries is making sure your family is well fed. You don’t need frills and fancy dinners as long as it’s nutritious. But where’s the fun in that?

When you’re saving money on your groceries, be sure to use your savings now and then to pick up a little something extra. Whether it’s a new kind of snack or a special ingredient, splurge a little to make your food extra special. It’s a bonus if you pick up a new kind of staple food to stretch over a longer period of time.

This week I picked up a container of arborio rice. I’ve always wanted to try a risotto, but the rice for it was always more expensive than I liked. I’ve been trying the app Ibotta, which gives you some money back on certain purchases, and there was one for a brand of rice. So I decided to go for it. It’s something coupons are good for as well. Don’t let the coupon be the reason you buy something, but let it be an excuse for you to try something new.

I also picked up my first pomegranate. I’ve eaten pomegranate before, but I’ve never opened one myself. For $2.50, I had a new experience and gained a new favorite fruit. Plus, there was a ton in it for the price.

Here are some other deals I found this week:

  • English muffins: Buy 1 Get 2 Free deal, always amazing to stock up on.
  • White flour: $2.50 for 5 lbs, stocking up for holiday baking!
  • Arborio rice: $0.10 off, but earned $1.25 from the app; normally $7.99, down to $6.64
  • Coffee: My favorite brand was $4.99 down from $5.99. I should stock up with more than one bag when coffee is on sale for $2.99, running low makes you spend more money.
  • Extra fiber pasta: $1, down from $1.50
  • Orange juice: $2.99 down from $3.29
  • Butter: I was disappointed last week with the price increase I noticed, so I grabbed another package of butter since it was on sale for $3 this week.
  • Shredded cheese: I needed some cheddar this week, so I grabbed it and mozzarella for $2 each. I could find a better deal.
  • Frozen blueberries: $2.99 down from $3.29. Since I use these every weekday morning, I’m going to keep buying frozen fruit when it’s on sale.
  • Baby spinach: $2.50 down from $2.99. I could find a much better deal but as it doesn’t store well you’re really at the mercy of the store.
  • Pomegranate: $2.50 down from $2.99. I’ll be continuing to buy these as long as they’re on sale and in season.
  • Butternut squash: $0.57 per pound down from $0.99. I paid $1.63.
  • Turkey sausage: $2.99 down from $4.49. I’m fortunate that some brand of this always seems to be on a decent sale.

Full price items, because sometimes you just have to:

  • Jelly: I bought raspberry by accident last week so we just had to buy strawberry instead. But now we have extra?
  • Granola bars: Still trying to find a cost-effective easy recipe that doesn’t involve peanut butter.
  • Lactose free milk
  • Regular milk
  • Sour cream
  • Green bell pepper
  • Mushrooms

All in all though, we saved almost $20 from buying on sale.

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