Monday, November 10, 2008

Gotta love club cards

I haven't done too well staying within my grocery budget this month. On Thursday, I had to take David to the doctor, so I was on an AFB which meant I was by a commissary. There were simply some deals that I couldn't pass up, so I stocked up on some stuff. (If you've never been to a commissary, here's the scoop - you never know what the price will be. We as the consumer pay whatever the commissary paid plus a 5% surcharge, no tax. Sometimes, even with the surcharge, it is still much cheaper than at the grocery store. However, it is always hit or miss when it comes to prices. A deal is usually a really, reallly good deal and no deal means it's probably cheaper elsewhere....and you never know what you will find or when you will find it at that price again.) Here were a few of my steals:
  • Campbells Cream of Chicken soup...60¢/ea
  • Creamora (35oz) ...$2.79
  • Theraflu Severe Cold...$3.42 - $2 coupon = $1.42
  • 2 Celestial Seasonings teas...$2.78 - $1.55 in coupons = $1.23
  • 2 Kellogg's Frosted Mini Wheats....$3.98 - 2 $1 coupons = $1.98
  • 2 5# bags Gold Bread Flour...$3.20 (that's $1.60 each!!)
So as you can see, some of the groceries I got were really good deals...but I'm more proud of my Safeway trip yesterday. As I said, I haven't stayed in budget. But Thanksgiving is coming up...hopefully without holidays, I'll do better. (Sorry, no pictures of my well-planned shopping trip, but I'll lay it out with full prices to show you what I saved!)
  • case of water $3.77 + CRV $1.20
  • 2 Safeway "cool whips" $5.78 (paid $3.50)
  • Pkg of hamburger buns $4.38
  • 9.86 pounds of oranges $18.63 (paid $6.81)
  • 3.13 pounds of Roma tomatoes $6.20 (paid $3.10)
  • 14.57 pound turkey $14.42 (paid $5.99)
  • 14.91 pound turkey $14.76 (paid $5.99)
  • 20.25 pound turkey $20.05 (paid $7.99)
  • 20.70 pound turkey $20.49 (paid $7.99)

I looked at the total of $111.40 and then handed her my club card and it magically said $50.72. Then I handed her my "Save $10 on any purchase of $50 or more" coupon and my grand total became $40.72!!! (And that included 70+ pounds of turkey!!) I had a savings of 63%.

As I said, gotta love club cards!

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