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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

sometimes you just do the best you can.....

I get a lot of great deals when I go shopping, but sometimes there are things that I just really need that aren't on sale or that I don't have a coupon for.  In those instances, I just try to get the best deals I can and leave it at that.  Today I needed a few things for M's family birthday dinner tomorrow night & I just had to suck it up.  In order to save as much as possible, I bought mostly store brand items.  The steak, cucumber, & wine were all on sale, and I had coupons for the pineapple and the meat.  Altogether, I spent $17.50 on $24.49 worth of groceries, a savings of 29%.


And just in case you were wondering, here's tomorrow's menu (based on Maggie's favorites):

Chop Salad
Angel Hair Pasta with Tomato Sauce
Marinated Grilled Sirloin Steak
Homemade Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting


2 comments:

  1. The menu sounds delicious!! And you still saved a wonderful amount! $20 for all that is not that bad!! Since you bake a lot.. I would stock up on all those items when they have a great sale whether you have coupons for them or not to help lower the cost and diminish the *oops I need this* part.. That will help you keep your costs down when you do need to get some things that you do not have coupons for or are not on sale. I am starting to do that with coffee creamer since we use the publix creamer and sugar and those things are hardly on sale! lol

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  2. Olenka, you are absolutely right about needing to stock up on those baking staples! I have been wishing and hoping for butter to go on BOGO for weeks now, to no avail! I've also been looking online for a good vanilla option--so far amazon.com looks like my best bet--and I think I am just going to have to buy flour and sugar in bulk next time I am at Sam's or Costco. My only problem with the wholesale stores is that they are both at least a 25 minute drive, so I want to make sure I am getting my money's worth when I go!

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