I’m going to try to segment my blog a little bit more, so I’m going to participate in a few weekly rituals, the first of which will be Sunday Savings. Like many families that are suffering in this terrible economy, my husband and I have been looking for ways to save money and I have decided that we will save the most by saving on food. I use Savings Angel (my reference number is 31920 in case you would like to join up. I believe that the deal is, if you join using my affiliate number then you’ll receive a free thirty days with your first paid thirty days. You figure that’s $20 back in your pocket from the get go, and I routinely make up the twenty dollars I spend on my membership during my first shopping trip of the month), which is a program that looks through ads for you and matches up online and paper coupons so you can get the best deal possible.
Normally I save about $100 a shopping trip (no joke!), but since we’re leaving for a week on Wednesday, this shopping trip was not as large. Despite not saving as much as I normally would, I still got some awesome deals and I more than made up for my membership fee this trip (though I made up for it on my last trip as well).
Here’s what I got:
Item Original Price What I paid
(1)Twizzler’s Pull N Peel Family Pack (My Vice) $2.49 $1.99
(3)Nature’s Valley Nut Clusters $9.12 $6.12
(2)Nature’s Valley Honey Oat Granola Bars $5.28 $3.28
(10)Smart Ones Meals (Hubband’s Work Meals) $29.90 $15.00
(3)12 packs of 12oz Pepsi Products $13.49 $7.00
(10)Sobe Life Waters $12.00 $7.00
(4)Kashi Fruit and Nut Bars $10.00 $3.49
(2)Kashi Cookies (Yum!) $5.00 $1.66
(2)Loaves of Garlic Bread $5.00 $4.00
(2)Packages of Bratwurst $9.98 $6.00
(2)Blue Bunny Ice Cream Bars $7.98 $2.99
(2)Starbucks Java Chip Ice Cream $7.98 $1.99
(11)Boxes of Ronzoni Pasta $30.14 $8.14
(4)Jars of Prego Spaghetti Sauce $10.36 $6.36
(2)Jars of Ragu Alfredo Sauce $5.18 $5.18
(2)Bottles of Lysol Toilet Cleaner $5.58 $0.79
Total $169.48 $80.99
That’s a total savings of $88.49! Granted, some of that stuff is not needed by us this week as we’ll be gone, however some of it was just too good of a deal to pass up and it keeps me from having to get it later on (i.e., the pasta and the toilet bowl cleaner), and some of it we’ll take with us as snacks for the road (i.e., some of the Kashi products and the Nature’s Valley bars). I love that we’re not only saving money on what we eat, but we’re also saving on name brands, so we can eat what we really like eating and can “splurge” a little bit, while still saving tons of money. Also, the most amazing part about this savings is that this is the norm– I almost always save more than I spend and it’s a significant savings!