Monday, July 21, 2008

It's the little things, really.

Every time I am at the grocery store, I check the "Reduced For Quick Sale" meat bin, because you never know. Look what I found today:

I just love the Hormel pre-marinated pork tenderloin, but I almost never buy it because they're $10 each! And the ones I like the most (the teryaki flavor) are always smaller, but still cost the same. Well, today I got 7 of them. That's right, 7. Because the "use or freeze by" date was today, they had them marked down to $1 each! I couldn't believe it! I bought every single one they had left! Guess what we're having for dinner tonight?

Even with that wonderful find, I learned today something Jerry has been telling me for a couple months now - I need a new method for grocery shopping! Because I shop the sale ads at three different stores and match the sales to coupons and stock up, I go to at least three stores every week, and often it is four or five. When I am by myself, I can get this done in a couple hours tops since I am only buying the things on sale at all but one store, then the last store I buy the sale items plus anything I need for the week. This saves me more money than I could ever have believed before I started shopping this way, so I am willing to continue to go to multiple stores. The problem is that children have way too much energy and not enough patience for this method, especially when it is 93 degrees out at 9:30 AM. I have to start going when I can go by myself. After today, this is a must.


Marie said...

That is so exciting! I've come across some great deals on meat, but nothing like that! I shop the same way, but only at two grocery stores (not including Whole Foods, cause they don't play that crazy pricing game - you know, buy one get two free or buy 17 for $15.68 ;) Yesterday (Sunday) I did the grocery shopping as soon as I woke up (7:30am). I went by myself and it was great! I finished really quickly and I think I will do it this way from now on. It's too bad we all have to work so hard to get a good deal on food.

Terry, Ornament of His Grace said...

I shop the same way- and encounter the same problem with my little ones. It's summer so I have my big girls to help out but I'll need a new method in the fall as well.