Five Ways To Feed Your Family For Less (Even Without Coupons)

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I made a quick run to Kroger yesterday to pick up our groceries for the week, and was again reminded of just how important it is to really shop strategically whether I have a bunch of coupons or not. I literally only used two coupons on this trip, but my family’s grocery bill for our entire week of meals and snacks was just $66 – here’s what I bought:

Bought 2 Kroger Cereal Bars $1.67

Bought 1 Kroger Grahams $2

Bought 1 Kroger Whip Topping $2.19

Bought 4 Kroger Betty Crocker Cake Mixes $.94, used $1/4 Betty Crocker Cake Kroger ecoupon

Bought 2 Turkey Hill Ice Creams $2.50 (regularly over $5!), used $1/1 Turkey Hill Ice Cream (could also use $1/2 Turkey Hill Ice Cream)

Bought 1 Kroger Pudding Cups $.89

Bought 1 Kroger Fruit Bowl $1.99

Bought 1 Kroger Cheese $3.79

Bought 1 Kroger Private Selection Cheese $1.99 after Buy 4 Private Selections Save $1

Bought 7 Kroger Private Selection Yogurts $.39 after Buy 4 Private Selections Save $1

Bought 1 Kroger Hot Dog Buns $1

Bought 1 Kroger Softsoap $1, used $.35/1 coupon from the 9/14 Smart Source insert

Bought 1 Kroger Turkey Breast $3

Bought 4 loaves and buns Kroger Whole Wheat Private Selection Bread $.99 after after Buy 4 Private Selections Save $1

Bought White Rain Hair Spray $1.29

Bought 2 lbs Bananas $.55/lb $1.11

Bought Bag Potatoes $2

Bought 2 Kroger Tomatoes $1.09

Bought 2 Ball Park Franks $2.99

Bought Cannelini Beans $1

Bought Kroger Condensed Soup $1

Bought Kroger Sour Cream $1.69

Bought Kroger Beans $.69

Bought 3 gallons skim milk $2.77

Bought Carrots $1.49

Bought 2 pounds grapes $1.69/lb.

  • Paid $66.63 after coupons for 1 weeks worth of groceries

 

 

So, if you’re a big couponer you’re probably not all that impressed with my deals (although that Turkey Hill Ice Cream savings was pretty exciting!) But, if you’re a regular mom who just needs to learn more about how to easily save on your groceries each week, here are five ways to easily save.

 

(I’m all about easy – aren’t you?) ;)

 

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1. Watch the price per ounce.

I needed a few cans of tomatoes for this Pasta Fagioli recipe, but didn’t have any coupons with me. The “sale” price on the Del Monte were $1 per can, while the every day price of the Kroger brand was $.69! My family will never know that I dumped Kroger brand tomatoes instead of Del Monte into Mrs. Potts, but I saved 30% off the “sale price” on the National brand without clipping a coupon.

 

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2. Look for in-store sales.

Through tonight Kroger is having a huge Private Selection sale where you can try out their “fanc-i-fied” store brands for a sale price, AND $1 extra off when you purchase four participating items. I love a fancy roll when making hamburgers or grilled chicken sandwiches at home, and to get them for $.99 (the same as the inexpensive low-end store brand) was an incredible deal so I stocked up.

 

They also had their whole wheat loaves on sale for $.99 after special savings, so I’ve stocked my freezer. This was a huge savings, and didn’t require clipping a single coupon!

 

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3. Stock up on produce seasonally along with a sale.

My kids love fresh fruit, so I almost always purchase a bag of apples, some bananas, and at least one other fruit to last us through the week. This week grapes were on sale for $1.69/lb. which is a little more than I like to pay, but I know they’ll eat through them, and it’s a healthier alternative to other snack foods!

And, just by looking around I noticed that while the Granny Smith Apples were $3.99/3 lb bag, Paula Red Apples were on sale for just $2.49. My kids thankfully like them all, so I bought the Red Apples and saved $1.50, without a coupon in sight.

 

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4. Use a coupon when you can. ;)

If you have just five minutes before shopping, scroll through the deals for your favorite store here on PPP and see if there’s a deal or two worth grabbing. I literally spent 3 minutes looking through the Kroger updates, knew that I could get a good price on Turkey Hill Ice Cream and Soft Soap, and saved an extra $5 for about three minutes of effort. I’m thinking that’s almost $100 as an hourly rate, and is totally worth it for me!

5. Menu plan, menu plan, menu plan (and make a thorough list before you shop.)

Odds are every time you set foot in the grocery store for “just one item” you find an extra three (or four or five) items to purchase. By having a menu plan and grocery list in place and really considering what your family needs for the entire week, you’ll save a bundle on those little “extra” trips to the store.

 

Be sure to look over your family’s weekly schedule before you  head out.  If you have snack duty for your child’s school, a special get together or anything else that will require extra food, add those items to the list and limit your grocery stops as much as possible. AND, before you head out always shop your own kitchen first - I realized I already had all the meat, chicken, and pasta that I would need this week at home, so I saved by using what I’d stocked up on earlier, when those items were at stock up prices!

 

 

Your turn now! Do you have any tips on how to really reduce your out of pocket expenses even when you aren’t using a ton of coupons? Coupon savings are the most fun for sure, but I’ll take spending just $66 on a week’s worth of meals whenever I can.

 

 

New to budgeting and don’t know where to begin? Here are a few posts to you get started:

 

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Dr. Pepper 12 Pack $1.83 at Publix?

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 If you have a Publix in your area, watch for this great price possibly on Dr. Pepper that PPP reader Corinne just shared! If Dr. Pepper is made by Pepsi in your area, you should b e able to get Dr. Pepper 12 packs for just $1.83 per pack. Here’s what Corinne sent over . . .

Publix is having a sale this week of Pepsi 12 packs 3 for $10. Also in the new advantage guy green flyer that came out today is a coupon for $1.50 off a 12 pack of Dr. Pepper. Dr. Pepper is included in the sale, making it $1.83 per 12 pack (at least here in Florida) Thought your readers might like to know!

Leave a comment and let us know if it works for you!

See all the deals at Publix this week, and check out the complete Publix weekly ad to plan your trip before you go. 

 

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Publix Ad: 10/1/14 or 10/2/14

Here are the deals in the new Publix ad starting 10/1/14 or 10/2/14, depending on your area.  There are quite a few good deals this week – watch for $.35 pasta, $.95 taco kits, and a stock up price on shoulder roasts (perfect for our favorite Slow Cooker Roast or Italian Beef recipes!)  Grab a bunch for your family and one or two to donate to someone in need. :)  To see the full Publix ad here!

Here are a few things to remember before you shop:

  • To add an item to your printable list just click the square next to the item, and you’ll see your list pop up in the bottom right hand corner of your screen.
  • The Buy One Get One prices are after the BOGO savings, so if you’re a Florida shopper remember you’ll need to purchase two items to get that price.
  • Publix doubles manufacturer coupons up to $.50 each day. (Publix does not double any coupons in FL – sorry guys!)
  • Prices are regional and may vary by store.
  • As you’re able, grab a bunch of these for your own family and a few to donate to your local food pantry, church or school!

Publix Ad (9/18/13 or 9/19/13)

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Sierra Mist Coupon + Deals at Publix & Target

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 There’s a new Sierra Mist printable coupon available to print right now, which you can combine with sales at Publix and Target this week to get a great deal!

Buy 2 Sierra Mist 2 Liters on sale at Target $5/5 (9/28-10/4)

Buy Sierra Mist 12-pack $3.33 each at Publix (sale ends 9/29 or 10/1)

Thanks, Addicted to Saving!  See all the deals at Publix this week, and check out the complete Publix weekly ad to plan your trip before you go. 

 

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$5/1 Schick Coupon + Deals at CVS, Kroger & Target

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There’s a new $5/1 Schick Hydro Silk coupon, which should  make for some great deals this week! Here are the best deals I see:

Target

Buy 2 Schick Items $9.99

  • Use (2) $5/1 Schick coupons
  • Pay $9.97 out of pocket, get $5 Target gift card
  • $4.98 after coupons and gift card or $2.49 each!

Kroger

Schick Razors $8.99

CVS (starts 10/5/14)

Buy 2 Schick Items $13.49

  • Use (2) $5/1 Schick coupons
  • Pay $16.98 out of pocket, get $10 ECBs
  • $6.98 after coupons and gift card or $3.49 each!

 

Thanks, Hip2Save!  Print more FREE high value coupons right from your home when you go HERE, HERE and HERE.

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Kroger Extra Finds: $1.49 Pantene, $1.50 Turkey Hill Ice Cream, $.65 Soft Soap & More

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Kroger’s Friday Freebie this week is a FREE 3 Musketeers Bite! You need to load the coupon to your Kroger card today, but the coupon will be valid through 10/18/14.  Here are a few great deals my buddy Staci found at Kroger this week.  There are a few good deals worth picking up this week! See the complete list of Kroger deals this week HERE before you shop.

 

Kroger Extra Deals

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Softsoap $1

  • Use $.35/1 coupon from the 9/14 Smart Source insert
  • $.65 after coupon

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Pantene $3.49

  • Use $4/2 Pantene or $3/2 from 9/14 Smart Source insert
  • $1.49 after coupon

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Dole Shakers $1.99

  • Use $.75/1 Dole or $1/1 Dole coupon from the 8/24 SmartSource insert
  • $1.24 after coupon

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Butterball Bacon $1.99

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Old El Paso products $1.25

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Tabasco Sauce $1.59

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Fiber One Bars or Fruit Gushers $2.50

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Kandoo Wipes $1

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Turkey Hill Ice Cream $2.50

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Crescent Rolls $1

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Private Selection Berries $2.79 when you buy 4 participating Private Selection items

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Private Selection Ice Cream Pint $.99 when you buy 4 participating Private Selection items

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Private Selection Ice Cream $3.99 when you buy 4 participating Private Selection items

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Private Selection Apple Crisp $1.99 when you buy 4 participating Private Selection items

Thanks so much Staci for your help with these! See more Kroger deals.

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Katrina’s Publix Trip: Spent $17 For Over $100 In Groceries

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I’m so excited because an AWESOME PPP’er is sharing her Publix trip this week to help you save big at Publix this week! A huge thanks to Katrina for taking the time to photograph her trip and sharewhich coupons she used – hopefully this helps you plan your Publix grocery trip as well this week:

2 Pepperidge Farm Texas Toast $1.64
-$.50/1 Pepperidge Farms printable $.50 coupon ($.64 each)

3 Yoplait Gogurt $1.35
-$.35/1 Yoplait printable $.35 coupon ($.65 each)

4 Chobani Yogurt with Oats $1.45
-BOGO coupon recent printable coupon, and Target $.50/2 coupon ($.48 each)

1 Publix baggies $1.50
-I found a coupon on the cracker aisle for $1 off sandwich bags wyb 3 Cheez-Its ($.50)

2 Sundown Naturals Vitamin A, 100 ct., $3.29
-store flyer ad $2/1 coupon, and $2/1 Sundown Naturals (moneymaker!)

2 Orville Redenbacher’s Gourmet Popping Corn $1.95
-$2/1 Orvile Redenbacher (moneymaker!)

3 Helper Ultimate $1.49
-Best Meals Happen at Home stand inside store $1/1 coupon, also used $.75/3 Helper Ultimate ($.24 each)

2 Quaker Chewy Granola Bars $1.17
-catalina from Target $1/2 coupon ($.67 each)

2 Ronzoni Pasta Garden Delight $0.75
-Publix digital $1/2 coupon ($.25 each)

4 Cheez-It Baked Snack Crackers $1.70
-$1/2 Kellogg’s Family Rewards ($1.20 each)

3 General Mills Cereals $1.47
-$1/3 General Mills printable, also used $1/3 target coupon ($.80 each)

2 Keebler Cookies $1.85
-$1.50/1 Kellogg’s Family Rewards; had to redeem points for this ($.35 each)

2 Nabisco Ritz Crackers $1.50
-$.50/1 Target coupon ($1 each)

2 Larabars $1.25
-$.50/1 Larabar coupon ($.25 each)

2 Tabasco Pepper Sauce $1.29
-$.50/1 Tabasco printable coupon ($.29 each)

2 Mario Snack Olives $1
-$.30/1 Mario Olives printable coupon ($.40 each)

2 Dreamfield Pasta $1.67
$1/1 Dreamfield printable $1 coupon ($.67 each)

6 Betty Crocker Potatoes $1.19
-Best Meals Happen at Home stand in store $1/3 coupon, , also used $.50/2 coupon from the 9/7 Smart Source insert  ($.36 each)

-$5/50 Star Market Coupon

Total $17.40 plus tax ($22.41 after tax), saved $89.86

See all the deals at Publix this week, and check out the complete Publix weekly ad to plan your trip before you go. 

 

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Perdue $2 Off Coupon For Publix Sale + Deal

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There’s a new $2 off Perdue coupon that works great with the Publix ad that just started!

Perdue Chicken Breast Chunks, Strips, or Popcorn, Assorted Varieties, 26 oz. $6.99

 

 

Thanks, I Heart Publix!  See all the deals at Publix this week, and check out the complete Publix weekly ad to plan your trip before you go. 

 

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What’s Free In Stores Week Of 9/25/14

 

Love a freebie? Check out this great list of what’s free this week!  These are the free items you can find this week at Target, Walmart, CVS, Walgreens, Kroger, Publix, Rite Aid & the Dollar Tree this week. Leave a comment if you find any to add to the list. :)

 

Buy 3 Colgate Toothpaste at $3.99, Get $5 Gift Card

  • Use (3) $1/1 printable or $2/1 coupon from the 9/14 SmartSource insert (if Enamel Health is included)
  • Free after coupon and gift card (if Enamel Health is included)

Colgate Enamel Health Sensitive Toothpaste – $2.99

Buy 7 Garnier Fructis $2.99

  • Use $2/1 coupon from the 9/7 RedPlum insert or $1/1 printable
  • And use $5.00/1 Beauty Purchase of $20 or More; Includes Hair Care, Cosmetics, Skin Care, and Fragrances – Target In Ad Coupon (Valid from 9/21/14) – (exp. 09/27/14)
  • $.28 each after coupons

Softsoap Liquid Hand Soap, 7.5 oz – $0.99

  • Use $0.35/1, $1/2 Softsoap Liquid Hand Soap Pump, 7.5 oz or Larger – 9-14-14 SS – (exp. 10/04/14)
  • $.49 after coupon

Flipz Pretzel $1

Suave Deodorant $1

Mahatma Rice $.64

  • Use $.50/1 coupon from the 9/14 RedPlum insert
  • $.14 after coupon

Palmolive Soap $.84

  • Use $.50/1 coupon from the 9/14 SmartSource insert
  • $.34 after coupon

 

Buy 1 Starbucks Refreshers (12 oz) at $1.50, Get $1.50 ECBs (Limit 1)
Use $1/1 printable
Free, $1 overage after coupon and ECBs

Buy 2 L’Oreal Hair Care at $4.50, Get $5 ECBs (Limit 1)
Use $1.00/1 printable or $4.00/2 coupon from the 9/14 RedPlum insert
Free after coupon and ECBs

Buy 2 Curel Ultra Healing for Dry Skin Hand Lotion (2.5 oz) at $2.99, Get $5 ECBs (Limit 1)
$.49 each after ECBs

Buy 3 Crest Sensi Relief at $3.33, Get $4 Register Rewards

  • Use $1/1 printable or $1.50/1 coupon from the 9/14 RedPlum insert
  • $.50 each after coupons and Register Rewards

Buy 2 Colgate Advanced Toothpaste (4 oz) or Total Toothbrush $3, Get $3 Register Rewards

Buy 2 Werther’s, Riesen or Toffifay Candy – $1.50

  • Use $1/2 Walgreens coupon from the September Walgreens booklet
  • And use $1/1 coupon from the 7/27 SmartSource insert
  • Free after coupon

Buy 3 Hydrogen Peroxide $.33 (when you buy 3)

  • Use $1/3 in Ad Coupon
  • $.33 each after coupon

 

Bear Naked Energy Bars, 2 oz – $1.00

Yoplait Yogurt, 4 – 6 oz – $0.50

Ronzoni Pasta BOGO $1.59

Yoplait Gogurt BOGO $2.75

Classico Pasta Sauce BOGO $1.89

  • Use $.75/2 Classico coupon from the 9/14 Smart Source insert
  • $.57 after coupon
Angel Soft Bath Tissue, 4 rolls – $1.00

Brawny Paper Towels, 1 ct roll – $1.00

Garnier Fructis Shampoo or Conditioner, 10.2 – 13 oz – $2.50

Barilla Pasta $1

  • Use $.55/2 coupon from the 9/7 Smart Source insert or $1/2 Barilla Pasta
  • $.50 after coupon

Kandoo Wipes $1 

 

 

Colgate Total and Total Advanced Toothpaste, 4 – 4.2 oz – $2.99, Get $2 UP Rewards (Limit 2)
Stayfree, Carefree or o.b. product at $2, Get $1 +UP, Limit 2 

Glade Scented Oil Warmer – $0.99

Palmolive Dish Liquid, 10 oz – $0.99

Clearasil products – B1G1Includes: All varieties

Excedrin Pain Relievers, 24 ct – $3.99Pictured: Extra Strength and Migraine

 

 

AcneFree – $1.00

  • Use $2.00/1 AcneFree Product – 8-3-14 SS – (exp. 10/31/14)
  • Free after coupon

Breathe Right Nasal Strips , 10ct – $1.00

Playtex Sport or GentleGuide Tampons, 4 ct – $1.00

  • Use $1.00/1 Playtex Gentle Glide or Sport Tampons – 8-24-14 SS – (exp. 10/05/14)
  • Free after coupon

Firefly Toothbrush – $1.00

  • Use $1.00/1 Firefly Product – 5-4-14 SS – (exp. 12/31/14)
  • Free after coupon

Post Alpha-Bits – $1.00

Jimmy Dean Breakfast Bites, 3.5 oz – $1.00

L’Oreal, Gloss Burst Lip Gloss – $1.00

Flipz, chocolate covered pretzels 4oz bag – $1.00

Sunny D, Orange Citrus Freezer Pops 10 ct – $1.00

Check out the complete list of deals this week at Target, Walmart, Walgreens, CVS, Publix & Kroger!

 

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Aldi Ad: 9/24/14 – 9/30/14

Here are deals in our local Aldi’s ad here in North Alabama. If you live in another city, you’ll want to verify that the prices at your local Aldi are the same by viewing your online weekly ad over HERE, and check out the complete Aldi Weekly Ad before you shop.

 

Here are a few tips to remember before shopping at Aldi’s:

 

  • Aldi’s accepts ONLY cash, debit or EBT cards.
  • Aldi’s requires you to bring your own bags (or you can purchase them for $.06 per bag at the store.)
  • You’ll need to pay a quarter to use a cart at Aldi’s. When you return the cart, you’ll get the quarter back.
  • Aldi’s does not accept manufacturer coupons (however they have had a few Aldi’s Store coupons recently in a few local papers.)
  • As far as I can tell, the Aldi’s sale ad varies by store. To view your store’s ad, go HERE.

Aldi Ad (Alabama, Tennessee, Southern Kentucky, Mississippi)

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