Saturday, December 10, 2011
Grocery shopping, coupons and deals.........
I do feel for my poor dh, as yet again had to take me grocery shopping today as I still can't drive. Of course I didn't want to go to just the one store, I had to go to numerous stores and when I told dh that, he was ever so pleased!!! Bless him though he didn't complain, but he personally couldn't see the point of shopping at various stores.
Our first port of call was the dreaded Wal-Mart, where they had turkey's on for 95 cents per pound. Dh picked up a one that is at least 16lbs as it was $15.32, also picked up a couple of other things and my total came to $16.79. Paid that with the money I had saved up in my pot and used a $1.00 off coupon for one of the items.
We then headed to Shopper's Drug Mart where they has a 20 x the points event when you spent $75. One of the best things you can do is use all your high value coupons at the 20 x the points events, as the total is before coupons. I had three $15 off coupons for vitamins and a $2 and a $1 coupon. So the total of my bill before coupons was $84.36 - $48 in coupons = $36.36 I am also mailing in my receipt for a $4.79 mail in rebate on the Quantum Finish Dishwasher Cleaner I may be giving that as a joke Christmas gift to our son-in-law. I of course purchased a $50 SDM gift card before buying anything, so I could get another 500 points, and altogether earned another 15,500 points today.
We then popped into to Zehrs and spent another $16.79 there, and they had 10 lb bags of potatoes on for $1.77 a bag. Everything else we purchased had 50% off so saved another $12.13 there, plus will be giving my receipt to the church as always.
We finally popped into Sobeys and I spent $16.78 there, my main purchase there was Lean Ground Beef that was on sale, for $1.79 a pound, so picked up nearly 5lbs of that, and I saw sausage meat for my stuffing. I didn't use any coupons there, but have accumulated enough points to cash in for $10 off my next bill if I want. I am going to keep on collecting them and cash in at a later date, for more info on those click on this link.
By the way if you have a Food Basics near you, they have turkeys on sale for 77 cents a lb. I neither have a Food Basics close to me, nor do I get a flyer, so I can't price match either.
So all in all I spent $86.01 buying groceries and personal items and cleaning products this week. I had coupons and stickered savings of $61.13 and will be receiving a cheque for $4.79 from the mail in rebate. The envelope I am mailing my MIR in was free, ask you local greeting card shop if they have any spare envelopes they don't want, and they'll probably give you a bunch. The stamp I will be using I bought them when they were 10% off, so saved money there also.
So as far a the Christmas Day lunch is concerned the only thing I need to get now is some white bread for the bread sauce and a loaf of white or brown bread for the stuffing. I still have $56 in my pot that I had saved up for the groceries, so all in all things are looking good.
Starting January 1st I am going to keep a running total of what I spend each week and what savings I have. I am hoping to spend only $75 a week. I want to be more organized with my menu planning as well. In fact I basically want to be more organized period in every aspect of my life...........