Thrifty Thursday – Biggest Haul Yet

Over the holidays I caught a marathon of Extreme Couponers, and couldn’t help but feel better about my stocking up methods because there were people filling rooms of their houses with stuff they’d never use, or buying things purely because of how they looked. Plus they have to be somehow gaming the system to use so many coupons, as a former retail worker I could only cringe as the people checked out. But there is one part of the show I can understand. That feeling of when the coupons apply and the total starts to go down a lot. I experienced a little bit of that this week, and felt the exhilaration of getting a great deal.

We went to three different stores this week, and I hope to hit up Aldi at some point to complete my beginning of the year stock.


  • Giant jar of whole pickles – $3.99; this lasts my husband months.
  • Chicken thighs – About ten pounds of chicken, $0.99 per pound, for a total of $10.80. There’s an average of 24 thighs in the package, I can make it last at least six weeks but I think I can get two months out of it. Plus all the bones and skin for chicken stock!
  • Total: $14.79

Different grocery store in our area. My parents gave us a gift card to it for Christmas because they can’t remember which one we shop at:

  • Spaghetti squash – $0.99 per pound for a total of $2.44.
  • Pomegranates – 2 for $2 each, a savings of $1 from our regular store.
  • Mango – $0.99, around $0.26 savings from our regular store.
  • Soy sauce – $2.49, a savings of $0.50 from regular store. I didn’t realize until we got home that I already had a full bottle in the cabinet. Whoops! Guess I won’t be buying more for a while.
  • English muffins – 2 for $2 each. Around $0.50 savings.
  • Total: $13.92, $2.26 less than the same amount of stuff at our store. Free, because of gift card.

Regular grocery store. So my store was running a 20/$16 sale with a bunch of different items. I did the math carefully to choose my 20 items to stock up:

  • 6 boxes of tissues – $4.80
  • 6 cans of tuna – $4.80
  • 5 bags of frozen veggies – $4.00
  • One can of Italian breadcrumbs – $0.80
  • 8 oz sour cream – $0.80
  • Cottage cheese snack – $0.80; I planned to use this in a recipe, but the only one available was strawberry flavored. So I get a snack this week.
And the rest of my haul:
  • Bread – $2.50 down from $3.99
  • Tomato sauce – 2 cans, $0.44 each
  • Chickpeas – $0.97
  • Pasta sauce – $1.67 down from $2.50
  • Whole wheat spaghetti – $0.67
  • Ground chicken – $3 down from $4.49
  • Kale mix – $1.77 down from $2.99
  • Grapes – $3.49 per pound.
  • Lemons, potatoes and bananas – regular price
  • Milk and juice – regular price
  • Sesame oil – $3.99
  • Bleach – $1.67; couldn’t pass up that deal, hoping to take care of some mold.
  • Total for everything: $49.79

Total for all shopping: $78.50

I’m very proud of this haul, we’ll be using all this to save money on food for months. I still want to get to Aldi and get canned tomatoes and beans.

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