After taking quite a bit of time off from grocery shopping and couponing, I decided the new year was time to jump back in with both feet. I spend a few hours clearing out the coupon binder, putting aside expired coupons to send to the military, and then clipping all 20 inserts from yesterday’s newspaper (I typically buy 4 newspapers since ShopRite allows you to use four of the same coupon on a transaction).
Then it was time to figure out the grocery list, make notes all over my list about which items I had coupons for, gather up the canvas bags, and head out to the store.
As soon as I pulled into ShopRite of Lawrenceville, my heart went in my throat. If the parking lot was *that* bad how bad was it going to be in the store? Before even getting out of the car, I had to give myself a pep talk to not turn around and go home to try again a different day. You see, typically, I grocery shop on either Wednesday or Thursday mornings while the kiddos are at school, and most of the world is at work. Grocery shopping on a weekend isn’t something I have done in close to 2 years.
I found the motivation to get out of the car (namely I was thirsty and forgot my waterbottle at home, so I needed a little pick me up), and headed in. It was crazy busy, but not too terrible. The employees at ShopRite were doing a wonderful job keeping the shelves stocked, and telling those individuals who decide to chit chat in the middle of traffic to please get out of the way. All in all, a pleasant experience – and did I mention, one without my children or husband with me, so almost a vacation.
Here is what we got (plus a whole roasting chicken & 20oz Coke, not pictured) :
The HOT deal of the day, 12 jars of Beechnut Stage 2 baby food in the glass jars for FREE! I had four of the $1/3 Beechnut items coupon from their website, and with the current sale on baby food, I figured why not start stocking up if its FREE! I am not due until June, so solids won’t happen until at least December, so I made sure all of the items I purchased didn’t expire until at least 2014.
I also took advantage of a few CanCan deals and decided to restock our pantry of cereal, pasta, canned corn, and tinned tomatoes.
Total Before Coupons & Savings: $344.41
Total OOP: $146.10
Total Savings: $198.31
That’s a savings of more than 57% WOO HOO!
After not doing real grocery shopping for so long, it feels really good to be back in the swing of things. I started from nothing yesterday, and after the four newspapers and a few online printable coupons, I was able to save BIG! There is no reason why all of us can’t be playing the grocery store game and saving each and every week on the items that we need and use anyway.
What great deals did you get at the market this weekend?