Saturday, February 25, 2012

Super Saturday Shopping--Scratch & Dent Shopping + Couponing at Walmart

We definitely didn't do our usual grocery shopping this weekend.  This morning JC went to Walmart armed with coupons.  We got a coupon for a free gallon of milk with the purchase of 3 breakfast items, so he bought a gallon of milk, 2 Athenos yogurts (splurge), & a dozen Great Day eggs.  His subtotal was $7.51, but after the coupon for the free milk, & a dollar off coupon for the eggs from a few weeks back, we only paid $3.64 after tax.  Good shopping, Husband!

After that we headed to a neighboring town to shop at their scratch & dent grocery store.  For those of you who have never had the pleasure, a scratch & dent grocery store purchases odd lots of items, boxed goods that have been accidentally cut by store clerks, or boxes that have been smashed, & resells them very cheaply.

Our store doesn't have any fresh items, so we couldn't do all of our grocery shopping there, but it's a great way to stock up & refill pantry items.  It's also an easy way to get name brand products inexpensively & without the effort of couponing.

Here's the cost breakdown: 

4 boxes of Zatarains Jambalaya --4 @ $0.60
2 boxes of Life cereal--2 @ $1
1 box of Blueberry Morning cereal--1 @ $1
1 box of Honey Nut Cheerios--1 @ $1
12 Luna bars--12 @ $0.25
2 Wishbone Italian dressings--2 @ $1
2 Wishbone Balsamic vinaigrette--2 @ $0.80
2 bags of Indiana Popcorn--2 @ $1
Valentine's Candy Hearts--$0.50
Dole Apple Bites--12 @ $1
Chocolate cookies--2 @ $0.50
Whole Wheat Linguine--$0.80
Tortilla Chips--4 @ $0.50

Grand total for groceries after tax--$32.08.

I'm particularly excited about the Dole bites (E loves these & they're healthy) & the Luna bars, which will be helpful to have when Little Baby is first born. I'm not entirely sure how much these groceries would normally be if we paid retail, but I would assume they would be somewhere between $60-$80, so we definitely got some deals.

If you do try scratch & dent shopping here are a few hints:  Be sure to look for expiration dates as some of the items are past date.  Also, if you find an amazing deal on something buy it immediately.  Last time we went they had bags of dried black beans for $0.30 & I only bought 2 bags.  Major mistake on my part.  

Hope you found good deals too.  Happy weekend!

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