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

Posted By Jessica Fisher On March 5, 2010 @ 3:34 pm In Budget Living,Grocery Geek | 7 Comments

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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 [5], 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.

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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 [7] as well as refill my pantry.

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

To see how others are nabbing some sweet deals, visit Super Savings Saturday [8].


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