Friday, January 3, 2020

This is what I bought and why..........

Do you ever wonder why people buy what they have in their grocery carts when you're in the grocery store?  I do, so I thought I'd do a post of what I bought and why when I popped into Zehrs yesterday morning.

When shopping at Zehrs we get points and they are called PC Optimum points.  Those points you can use to pay your groceries among many things.  My goal when going to the store was the pick up the frozen fruit and the crackers, but then I got a deal emailed to me and I could earn another 3,000 points by spending $30.  With the price of groceries I knew that wasn't going to be difficult.  I have lost my receipt but ended up spending just under $32 and earned I think 4,200 points which is worth $4.20.  Below is what I bought (all prices in Canadian Dollars):

 I bought the potatoes as I find it super simple to give either a baked potato or potato wedges to dh with the salad and main we have on a night.  They were on sale for $2.99 for 10lbs.  The Ranch flavoured croutons were $2.79, I like a handful of those on top of my salad sometimes.  The rice krispie squares were on clearance for under $1 per packet and thought I could add one to dh's lunch everyday for a change.  I generally make one quiche per week, and prefer to use a pre made pie shell.  This package of two was $2.99.  The ground turkey in the photo above was on for $3.00  with the 50% off and the Greek flavoured pork loin was on for $4.50 with the 50% off.  Both went into the freezer for future meals.  We eat very little meat, but I thought the pork loin would go well with salad and potatoes and the turkey would make a veggie shepherd's pie with a root vegetable mash on top of it.
 These are the items I wanted in the first place.  I got four packages of rice crackers at $1 per package and the large package of frozen blueberries for $9.99.  I will say I wanted the mixed fruit blend as I like that the best, but there wasn't any.  I like the no name brand the best for frozen fruit and they are normally $11.99 a package, so saved a couple of dollars there.  I use it on my overnight oats.
Everyday for lunch I have half a package of rice crackers, with the small tub of hummus.  I buy the hummus at Wal-Mart and you get 12 small packages for $6.  Dh also takes half a package of crackers and hummus for part of his lunch as well.  I have worked out the difference of buying regular containers of hummus and the smaller ones, and this is a better deal.  I am not a fan of making my own hummus, it never tastes as good.
While I was checking out, I saw another lady buy some Christmas bags and they were only 54 cents each.  That is a good price, so I decided to go and pick some up.  I bought three of the large bear bags and one large llama bag (there were no more larger bags left).
 I bought a 12 pack of Christmas crackers for $4.14 and two each of the medium bags.
All in all 12 git bags and the box of Christmas crackers came to exactly $12.  Very happy with that deal.  I am now sorted for wrapping paper, gift bags and Christmas cards for next year.

So there you are, why I bought what I did!

9 comments:

Joy said...

That sounds like a good, thrifty shop athough priced are very different in the UK so it's hard tell. I love that you know the purpose of everything, there's nothing bought purely because it was there.
xx

Jackie said...

You got great deals. To buy a bag of blueberries that large here in my Saskatchewan city would cost way more. We have three grocery stores, and the nearest one to me is the one I frequent.

God bless.

Practical Parsimony said...

That was a good shopping trip.

Karen said...

I like to stock up on Christmas tat at this time of year. Must get crackers somewhere. They are crazy expensive off sale.

Little Red Hen said...

Those bags are cute. I should see if my Zehrs has them on grocery day.

barbara woods said...

sound cheaper than our prices in Ga.

cheshire wife said...

Like you I do sometimes wonder what people do with the odd selection of items that they have in their shopping trolley. Right now is a good time for bargains if you can make use of what they have on offer as you seem to be able to.

A Happy New Year to you and your family.

Unknown said...

I'm interested to hear all of you saying these are cheaper than your prices in various places; this is THE most expensive grocery store in town, even at 50% off and/or on sale. In all honesty, I never shop there because I can't afford to. Interesting that these prices are less in general than you would pay, I've always thought our groceries were outrageously expensive, but perhaps they've gone up dramatically everywhere. I shop at Walmart and an associated store to this one, No Frills; one of those places where you have to bag your own etc, but at least you do save a few bucks, which on a senior's pension is frighteningly important.
Happy New Year Gillian!

William Kendall said...

Some good deals, it seems.

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