Thursday, May 20, 2010

Fabulous! Thanks for asking.

I'm still having fun with money and food. Also cleaning supplies. I haven't really posted much about my coupon conquests because, well, wouldn't it just get a bit boring after a while? But also because I had established such a stockpile of cheap or free food and household supplies that I realized I could just not go shopping at all for a while. Of course I had to buy perishables (mostly stuff you don't usually find coupons for, like milk, fruit, veggies and eggs), but I really didn't need much else because I had stocked up in the previous months. So aside from a few odd incredible deals (like doubles at Kmart and triples at Harris Teeter), I just haven't been shopping much.

Until yesterday, that is. It's Harris Teeter Super Doubles time again (that's when they double any coupon up to $1.98 in value), and I had a great trip. I used my quota of 20 doubleable (is that a word? Is now ...) coupons, all but one over $1 (plus one non-doubleable $2 coupon). My order rang up at $56.23 (after "VIC" savings, which were $17.55), and I paid $12.62 after coupons. Here's what I got (You can click it to see it bigger, y'know):

The two Mystic Pizzas? Free! (There's a little line on the box that says something about it being the pizza that made the movie famous. I don't remember the pizza in the movie being frozen ... but I digress. But wait, that's not all I got free! Also free were the cans of Muir Glen tomatoes, two Reach dental flosses, two Kashi Cereals, two Hersheys Extra Dark chocolate bars and three McCormick spices. The rest of the stuff was just really, really cheap. (If you're wondering how I figure out the best deals, I use the lists at Southern Savers.) I plan to make at least a couple more trips before Super Doubles ends next week.

I've gotten so accustomed to not paying anywhere near full price for so much stuff in the grocery store that I think long and hard about buying just about anything that isn't. Do I really NEED this? I ask myself. Usually in the case of milk, eggs or fresh fruit and veggies, I'll answer yes, but I still look for those things on sale or frequent the places where they are usually cheaper. (Fruits and veg are usually cheaper at Kroger and Food Lion than at Harris Teeter, and often even cheaper still at Compare Foods.) Sometimes for other things I decide that no, I don't actually need it, which ends up saving me even more money.

So anyway, in other news, you didn't actually ask but I'll tell you that life is good. No, life is great. No, make that fabulous. The "bad" things that happen seem to always turn out to be good after all. I hope that's how it is for you, too.


Marsosudiro said...

Good job, you! You have inspired me to think about how I can organize more of my shopping for Harris Teeter, and less at Whole Foods.

Lisa B. said...

I consider shopping at Whole Foods to be a luxury store now! (But they DO take coupons!)

girlnblack77 said...

Have you tried the Turkey Hill green tea (refrigerated gallons)?
My stellar deals this week:
15 bottles of juice for $12
50-cent pizzas (three different kinds)
Free tomato sauce
Two kinds of diced tomatoes
Free mac n' cheese
Feta cheese
69-cent refrigerator cookies (for the kids)
1-dollar (huge) bags of Reese's Pieces for the hubbie
I don't think I've spent more than a dollar on any item except for milk and a humongous bag of assorted chips.

Lisa B. said...

I've been 2 more times since ;-)

I've not tried the Turkey Hill Green Tea. I've never even thought of getting it pre-made. Is it good? I'd only be interested if it's unsweetened, because I try not to drink much sweetened stuff.

girlnblack77 said...

They have a few diet green tea flavors... though I'm looking at the Ginseng & Honey and not understanding how it has 0 sugars. ? I think it was the diet mango we tried and liked so much...