Grocery Geek Presents: Making the Deal Work When You Least Expect It To

Since the freezer is stuffed to the gills, the rest of the month’s grocery shopping will involve dairy, produce, and stockpile items. There’s really not a lot that we “need.” It’s a good place to be. FishPapa made a run for fresh fruits and veggies this week. A 5# box of Cuties was on sale for $2.99. I sent him loaded with 2 $1 coupons and he snagged 10 pounds of clementines for $4! Very cool.

The only other shopping was a quick trip to Ralphs. That’s what I wanted to tell you about, ’cause I think it’s a good example of thinking outside the box. Kellogg’s products were on sale for $2.50 a box which I don’t really consider a sale. Normally, I would have dismissed such a “sale” right off the bat. However….

If you bought 4 participating Kellogg’s products, you got 2 gallons of free milk.

Since we go through milk almost as quickly as water around here, milk is something we’d already buy at about $2.50/gallon. So, 4 boxes of cereals or crackers would really only “cost” $5. That brought their per item cost down to $1.25. I don’t consider that a screaming deal, either, but I knew I could lower that with coupons. Yet, when I got to Ralphs that day — the last day of the sale — it seems like everyone else had the same rationale as I. Most of the “healthier” cereals were gone. And I didn’t have enough coupons to get just Cornflakes or just Rice Krispies. I was about to break down and buy junk cereal “just to get the deal.” But, then I thought I would just check the cracker aisle and see which crackers were on sale, etc. Turns out that one box of crackers had a peelie coupon for $2 off 2 items.

{Grocery Geek punches fist in the air.}

So, I got two gallons of milk, two boxes of cereal, and two boxes of crackers for about $6.50. I thought that was pretty cool and a great way to pull off a good deal when I least expected it.

Then later in the week, I cruised through Target and saw that Kashi crackers were on “sale” for $2.59. But the deal was that if you bought 4 you got one free. Seeing as I had a FREE product coupon from Vocalpoint as well as several $1.50 coupons for the Heart to Heart crackers, I was able to get 5 boxes of crackers for $3.18, making them $.64 each! Just when I least expected. It was another way to make good use of a free product coupon as well as refill my pantry.

They don’t call me Grocery Geek for nothing….

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Comments

  1. Great job! I love when that happens. My favorite is getting reduced organic milk from $2.99 to $1.99 and using $.55 coupon. YEAH!!!

  2. You rock!! You are da geek!!

  3. Best. Feeling. Ever. It doesn’t take much to put a smile on our face for the whole rest of the day now does it. ;) I think that’s the way God intended it.

  4. Great Job! I have to get to Target tomorrow for the Kashi Crackers deal!

  5. Yes, we loved the Target Kashi deal. I’m all stocked up now on healthy cereal, crackers, granola bars, and one box of cookies. Love that deal! Thanks VocalPoint!

  6. MaryLena Anderegg says:

    Today, we broke a one week “financial fast” in which we spent not one penny for household goods (food, grooming, cleaning, paper products and dietary supplements). We spent $1.98 for half a gallon of Silk soymilk ($2.98 – $1.00 coupon at Walmart) and a bottle of Benedryl and hair spray for free with CVS ECBs. Our goal for the next two weeks is to have a “financial diet”: total expenditures of $10 per week. We did this twice in our first six months of couponing but we are challenging ourselves to do it in consecutive weeks this time.

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