As many of my followers have heard me repeat over and over, “I do not have the organizational skills nor patience required for couponing!” But still, I don’t really enjoy paying full price for ANYTHING, especially groceries! This week was a particularly good sale week so I thought I would share EXACTLY how I saved $22 on stuff I always buy PLUS some new things I am trying. I didn’t pay full price for any of it.
First, I used the MaxMyShopping Grocery Sale Tracker to see what things on my profile (that I always buy) were on sale. In the screen shot below, you can see I found canned vegetables for $0.37 (an eVic special). I will buy at least 10 of these for donation purposes (10 for $3.70!!!!) Because I’m kind of a lazy cook, I love frozen steamable vegetables and mixes so I also found the Harris Teeter brand for $1.25 each and 10 oz bags of shredded iceberg lettuce for $1 each (again, a lazy cook). And my favorite item – 35 pk disinfecting wipes for ONLY $1 each!!!! These deals are good enough to send me to Harris Teeter at some point during the week.
Then, I noticed that Harris Teeter is having a Stock Up promotion as well as a 10 for $10 promotion so I want to see if there is anything else in those sales I might want to add to my shopping list. To do that I use the MaxMyShopping Price Comparison tool (works like a spreadsheet).
By doing this, I see that Lean Cuisine entrees are on sale for $2 each. I’ve been trying to eat a little healthier and I need FAST (lazy cook) so this would be a good time for me to stock up on these. Scrolling the list reveals there are also several B1G1 and B2G3 specials. Its easier to see the special promotions by limiting the list to show only those items. To see the 10 for $10 sale, I entered “10 for” in the Description column and noticed Breakstone cottage cheese snacks are only $1 each. That seems like a healthier snack to me so I’m going to try them. And, unlike the Stock Up sale, I don’t have to buy 10 to get the discount.
I also reviewed the promotions by entering “B1” and “B2” in the Description column but did not see anything else to add to my list. My final Harris Teeter shopping list included:
- HT canned vegetables (10 cans at $0.37 each) – normally $0.69 each
- 4 HT steamable vegetables ($1.25 each) – normally $1.99 each
- 2 bags of HT shredded lettuce ($1 each) – normally $1.79 each
- 5 Lean Cuisine entrees ($2 each) – normally $2.79 each
- 5 HT Disinfecting Wipes ($1 each) – normally $1.79 each
While in the store, I noticed green grapes on sale for $0.99/lb (normally $3.49/lb) so I bought 1.83 lb. My final total for this haul? $32.36 and I saved $22.83!! Please note they show all discounts as coupons on the receipt but we did NOT use a single coupon for these savings!
The entire process for devising this shopping list took about 15 minutes. Not a bad return on the investment of time, I would say! If you haven’t tried out money-saving tools yet, you can subscribe here. It’s free and we don’t throw ads at you either. Try it and let us know if it helps you the way it is helping US!!