My husband had a chat with my one son today about cheap vs value.
They were in the store buying groceries, saw an item with a $40 price tag, and a similar item right beside it for only $6.
Happened to be wine.
Both wines were rated the same or nearly the same from several magazines. So they talked about how, while there is a chance the expensive one tastes better, it is more likely they are both good, and we can save a good deal of money by sticking with the $6 stuff.
I love how many lessons can be learned while shopping. From discussions of how 'having' money and being free to spend it are not the same to talks of health (why buy the expensive bread?) And conversations on value, we really learn more at the store than most other places.
Now if I could only get a free night to relax and enjoy that wine!
Viewing the 'Grocerys, food lessons' Category
My husband had a chat with my one son today about cheap vs value.
Today is one of our super busy days, we have this to do all afternoon and evening, and not all in one place.
We flu ally figured out a sequence of events that squeezes the errands in between. And has all the right kids at all the right places.
And one of the biggest obsticals is food. We all eat a lot and eat constantly, food is the key to my kids behavior. Well fed they are not half bad, underfed or an hour away forms avoid and they are royals PIAs.
Toaday I packed dinner, I am staying home, so my husband has to cook. I made it easy on him. Chicken nuggets veggies, fruit, and some snacks. We can use the microwave at church, which is very nice.
It has been a long time since we were caught needing to eat out. Ihave become rather good at quick foods, or cooking the day before. If all else fails I throw PB and bread plus apples in the bag.
I am often surprised at the number of folk who think packing dinner is too hard. Don't get me wrong, my memory is lousy, I am lazy, and really I hate PB sandwiches. But that doesn't stop me from doing what has to be done to save money regardless.
We still eat out once in awhile (less often when unemployed). Just it is usually a planned event.
I mentioned the cloth diapers are too big. Well we had some free newborns, and some free size ones. But we are now all out.
Yesterday there was a good CVS deal, large jumbo pack for 20 earns 10 ECBs. Plus we had a $3 coupon. and leftover ECBs with no where to spend them.
Turns out the only size diapers in jumbo packs are 3s or larger!
We went ahead and bought them since we are sure she will grow, but kinda bummed about her need of diapers.
I could just go pay full price, but I don't wanna.
In other deal news, bought a ton of junk food for camp (chips and smores making stuff) plus beef and chx for dinner, some fruit (raspberries!) and other misc food stuff all for $60, coupons totaled over $60 in savings .
Starting Wednesday local HT will be having super doubles.
I never get quite as much out of this as others, but I figure with a couple months of buying the paper, I aught to have some of the good coupons to use.
W bought from a fruit and veggie co-op a couple times. I priced out the food based on the HT website and the total came to over $30. Our cost was 17.50
While I bet some items I would have waited for sales, and others bought cheaper versions I still think it was a good deal. Plus it forces me to look up what to do with spaghetti squash. (Last week was acorn squash)
No terribly important but I was going to go over the receipt and see how the deals worked out, unfortunately I lost it.
But we did have to go back for a quick run today, and paid 9.96 for pretzels, granola bars, cheese, lunch meat. Apparent savings of 11.26
Not really as impressive as the last trip, but this was odds and ends we wanted for the drive.
Well the lunchmeat is for lunch tomorrow, going to science center, and can't pack PB, the folk we are with are allergic to peanuts.
This weekend we are back to GS camp for JC and I. So I needed a few high protien snacks.
String cheese, and granola bars conveniently had sales and coupons this week. Not free, but all reasonable. Of course making my own granola bars would be cheaper and healthier, but......I would actually have to make them.
Also have some tuna pouches that were acquired a month or so ago at nearly free coupon plus sale price.
Plus we bought lots of fruit...lots, fortunately most was on sale.
Looked at a few things with coupons and sales, would have been pretty cheap for donation, and decided not to get them.
Mainly because we went to the dentist right before hand, paid a HUGE sum for three kids cleanings/checkups, one set of x-rays, and two cavities. Not happy.
Not sure if saving the $3, in donations, really makes any difference though. I think I was just being cranky.
Today is grocery store day.
Fortunately for us, many things we need are on sale
grapes broccoli, mushrooms, chicken, and lemons.
Unfortunately no one has coupons for those items .
Ah well, I have gotten several interesting samples lately, including a free granola bar, and some emergenC stuff. Plus a few diapers to stockpile for baby, and plenty of coupons for them.
Managed one nice trip to the store, using coupons to get several items free and some really cheap. Plus a whole lot of normal priced (well some sale, but not amazingly so) food. Somehow clementines, apples, and my brand of yogurt do not have coupons.
Will be donating half of it, using the other half.
So I need a recipe with sour cream.
Made some Alfredo type sauce today. No the recipe doesn't call for sour cream, but it worked out really well. (what recipe? I just started with some butter, some spices, some flour, milk, sour cream, cheese, and called it Alfredo)
Was planning on Stroganof, but I don't have any beef or mushrooms.
Also husband went to the store today and bought our usual bread....but we have for some strange reason not eaten the usual amount. So I now have 12 loaves of bread in the house! (6 for a week is usual). So planning some French toast, grilled cheese, and....something else.
For two weeks we have forgotten to buy the paper!
This week there were several deals, mostly for chocolate that we could have used the paper for.
But good news was there were several other deals we could use the old coupons for!
Have to see what happens when we actually go to the store, but for now, some condiments, and some donatable pasta, plus some dental care stuff will be free or next to free. Maybe.
Well if cheese is really on sale...I have to put the if in, cause the store in question didn't send me a flyer and I don't know how to check actual price online. But according to one of the coupon deal matchup websites, cheese is 1.55 for 8oz block. combined with a coupn should be a decent price.
Other than that, nothing beyond some free pasta to donate.
Apparently my brand of yogurt (I know I shouldn't be so picky) and our brands of pasta do not have coupons. The one I hate does frequently, but not the couple I like. I know my pickyness gets in the way of saving, but well there you have it.
I could get cold cereal on sale several places, but...I don't like to eat it, too sugary, and since even the so called whole grain is essentially simple carbs it is practically a waste of time to eat. By the time you finish a bowl and clean the milk/mess the kids are hungry again. (me too, but I am always hungry)
Read a simple article on working out while being frugal, basic but
Sometimes it is good to review what can be done. I hear far to many excuses in my life. from folk who can't do a thing for scouts to folk who can't afford (fill in healthy item here). To folk with no time to homeschool, or workout, or you name it.
I am about tired of excuses, unless I am giving them, I don't want to hear them. Now if you don't mind I can't work out today, I have too much scout work to do..... umm oh, not helpful eh? OK fine, I would rather sit here and type this and other emails, than go for a walk... but we shall see what the end of naptime brings. Better get cracking on the most important emails.
Oh another link, that rude website has a hilarious article on national debt and finances. Though you will have to meander on over to cracked yourself, I refuse to link to it, cause they were swearing again. I know it is silly, but leave me to my silliness, it is as harmless as the website.
So my husband took 4 more coupons back to HT. He bought two loaves of whole wheat bread, and two different fish things for $3.50.
We used one whole loaf for lunch, so there will be no trouble using all that bread. The fish we are saving for dinner next Tuesday, have to eat 'out' because that is our LOOOOOONG day.
He also made a trip to the local park, so not really out of his way? But in general we are failing at the whole reduce the car use thing.
Some good things, some normal things. One store not having the sale we expected, and a mistake.
First Walgreens we were trying to get two free toothbrushes, and grab a coupon book. We forgot you need one item per coupon, so instead of free it was 1.22 for two toothbrushes and one thing of chapstick. eh could be worse.
Then Target, 2 free deodorants, not sure if we like the brand, but we can donate if not. Plus some diapers, size one in preparation of a new baby, 50 count for $5 (had two nice coupons that combined)
Food lion did not have cheese on the sale mentioned in the coupon site, so we only bought apples, needed the apples, didn't like wasting the gas though. The apples were cheaper there than at any of the other stores we went to today.
Harris teeter, had a new brand of yogurt on sale plus coupon ended up 3 things to try for 50cents total. Plus some bread on sale plus coupon ended up being 50 cents a loaf (whole wheat no HFCS) PLUS some fish (fzn) coupon plus sale ended up a dollar each, not great, but we try to eat more fish supposed to be good for you. The lemon yogurt, and taco shells were not on sale, but I needed em.
BJs we had coupons for chx, and cashews, plus two others that husband decided to wait and see if there is a sale for. Also bought more bread (once we ran out of coupons it was cheaper to get more at BJS) and milk (always cheaper at BJS for us) cheese (since the reg BJs price is better than non sale even with coupon)
All totaled up we spent about $110, receipts say we saved about $35 from printing coupons and the paper. Mostly printed but not all.
So I guess getting a paper was worth it. sortof?
Also my MIL mailed me some of her coupons with my birthday present (decafe Salada tea!)
So now I have a huge pile of coupons, none of which for anything I generally buy.
But I see again that if I had the coupons for January some good donat-able items would be free and a few usable (soap and toothpaste)
I also have the ad for walgreens (starts today) and toothbrushes are free with an add coupon, and a printable one, so that is something I guess.
I sorted the coupons so I can find them, I had a box from recent newsletter printing (wonderful fellow prints them for scouts) and I took scrap paper (much free -rest failed printing/coupon scraps) and folded it to make dividers.
Lables roughly by store aisle/type of food (condiments, canned goods, baking) I assume as I go along if I get any good I may relable, but for now it is all done and waiting.
Now off to read my comics . I know I could read them online, but I never do, something nice and peaceful about the paper version. Though not always that funny....
Well we still do not have a paper.
But there was one printable coupon that would make tuna free. Plus a few that would make some samples of baby soap free.
And from this website
I found a couple online freebee offers, so we maybe getting some samples in the mail.
Nothing to remarkable, not really worth my effort today.