I had a 2.5-hour time block today to run errands and do my grocery shopping. Jesse was working on things with the children, so I went by myself. And somehow, in that 2.5 hour time block, I made it to six different stores!
One of my errands was to go to the party store to buy things for a big bridal shower I’m hosting at our house this next week. They had everything I was looking for and almost all of it was on sale! I also stopped at Walgreens but they were completely out of everything I’d hoped to buy (no surprise since it’s Saturday, but I still decided to stop since it was right on my way!).
Here were the groceries I ended up getting at the four other stores I went to:
Dillon’s Shopping Trip
2 heads of lettuce marked down to $0.75 each
2 bags of croutons — $1.99, used 2 $0.55/1 coupons that “doubled” to $1/1 = $1 per bag (not the best price for these, but I’d signed up to bring them to a get together tomorrow so I went ahead and bought them since I knew I didn’t have time to make homemade croutons between now and then.)
Total: $3.81 with tax
Dollar Tree Shopping Trip
3 packages of Nature’s Own Hamburger Buns — $1 each
Sea Salt — $1
Total: $4.29 with tax
Aldi Shopping Trip
2 bags of shredded cheddar cheese — $2.99 each
Baking soda — $0.49
Straws — $0.99
Carrots — $0.99
Colored pepper pack — $1.79
2 packages of sweet corn — $0.99 each
4 packages of tomatoes on the vine — $0.99 each
Total: $17.36 with tax
Health Food Store Shopping Trip
10 cartons of Almond and Rice Milk for $0.99 each
2 organic Toaster Pastries at $0.99 each
6 mangoes at $0.33 each
4 lbs. of peaches at $0.79 per lb.
6.3 lbs. of marked down bananas at $0.39 lb.
Blueberry yogurt marked down to $0.99 each
Brown cow yogurt marked down to $1.99
Total: $24.11 with tax
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Someday I will find awesome deals at our local health food store as well! Good for you . . . your deals inspire me to keep checking!
I really like Aldi’s but is anyone else willing to pay more for local farmers markets or produce stands? I try to support our local product stands because we do not have a lot of farmers markets close by and I always pay more then if I would have gotten it from Aldi’s. My husband has his own local business and I feel it is important to give back and buy local. Am I crazy?
Making My Own Luck says
It looks like you had a really good week. I’m just back from a vacation so didn’t get anything, but I’m looking forward to stocking up on HBA in the weeks to come. I find that this is the best time of year to do it, so I try to get enough to last 12 months.
I love your health food store finds. Makes me wish we had one closer.
Great Deals! No health food stores here for many many miles… BUT I did do great at Aldi today (Sunday) the boxes of cherries were marked down to .99… so I got 3, Choc Milk was .99, mini carrots were.59, tri color peppers were .99… and hot dog rolls were .25 and raisin bread was .99 So I did great.. (and I was going out for the Staples cheap stuff and the almost free paper.. to use with the 5 off of 25 coupon…)
“jealous” of your almond milk bargains!!! i rarely see it under 2.39 a carton. hooray for your bargains!
I am trying to re-stock my pantry after not shopping for over 3 months (besides milk, eggs, cheese, bread) so I bought lots of pantry items from 2 salvage grocery stores nearby. I wish we had a decent health food store nearby, you got some great deals there!
I did also buy about 20 banans for $2, which I am going to use tonight to make banana chocolate chip muffins (with the semi sweet chocolate chips I got for $1.50).
Adrienne @ Whole New Mom says
I am sharing our newfound great dessert – homemade coconut milk ice cream. So reasonable if made at home.
Also shared my cost analysis of dehydrating, canning and freezing. We’re just starting to take in a lot of produce and need to keep storing it up!
I’m also curious to hear what your plans are for the tomatoes and bananas! Great finds!
Kristen @ Joyfullythriving says
I am always amazed, Crystal, at the great organic bargains you find! What a blessing to have these mark-downs available to you!
Jen @ www.yardsalemommy.blogspot.com says
Thank you for the link up!
All the links from http://www.couponsandfreebiesmom.com (and there are a ton) are affiliate links/posts and not blogs about actual deals she got 🙁 I’ve noticed that over many weeks.
Wow! That is a lot of milk. Can you freeze it, or does your family just drink that much? Super curious.
The milk looks like it is all in aseptic packages – so it is shelf-stable and doesn’t need to be refrigerated until opened.
Amy Lauren says
I really love how your blog shows that you can save money on healthier food :). Everything you bought is really healthy, it shows that you can coupon and get deals without buying all junk food!
Wow! Your health food store prices are amazing! I can’t find almond or rice milk for under $2.50 around here (IL). Sure wish I lived closer to your store!
Melissa R says
I love living lettuce, I buy it at Meijer even when it’s not on sale. I’d rather pay $1.50 for a head of lettuce that stays fresh in the refrigerator up to two months than pay less than $1.00 for a regular head that turns brown in a week.
What is living lettuce?? I’m intrigued!
Melissa R says
The containers of lettuce in the first picture is living lettuce. It comes in a hydroponics type container and the roots are still attached so it’s basically still alive. You only remove and wash what you need as you need it.
The Prudent Homemaker says
A regular head of lettuce is $1.79 here, so I grow my own. 750 lettuce seeds for $3.99 🙂
I also would love cheap mangos! I only like them in a mango avocado salsa recipe that I love. http://allrecipes.com/recipe/avocado-tomato-and-mango-salsa/detail.aspx Its wicked addictive!
Thanks for the link-up! 😀
Just wanted to know what you would be doing with those tomatoes. Are you planning a Freezer cooking thing and making extra pasta sauce, etc. I too got a lot of tomatoes from the farmer’s market today and am looking for some ideas. 🙂
This week Aldi has those baby carrots for 29 cents a bag, you might want to check your online ad. Mine also has cauliflower for $1.29.
And I love those Organic bananas you got. What a steal!
Enjoy your weekend! 🙂
Where in the world do you find mangoes for 33cents?!? The cheapest we ever get them is $1/each.
Aldi is my first stop shop and I go to the neighboring state where there is no sales tax on food. I combine the trip with recycling drop off, Lowe’s, visit my daughter, and a stop at Dollar General on the way home. May take all day, but that’s my day off to do whatever I need to do.
Thanks for the opportunity! 🙂
Aldi is my first stop shop and I go to the neighboring state where there is no sales tax on food and I combine the trip with recycling drop off, Lowe’s, visit my daughter, and a stop at Dollar General on the way home. May take all day, but that’s my day off to do whatever.
How funny!I’m hosting a bridal shower for my sister in two weeks. I’m just doing a deli tray, pasta salad, fruit salad, etc. Each of the bridesmaids are bringing a dish to help cut down on my costs. The most expensive thing for me is going to be the deli tray and the cake.
We stocked up on mangoes and peaches too!
I haven’t really eaten mangoes before, but we made an awesome smoothie and some delicious mango salsa. I am definitely a fan now!
Thanks for the link opportunity. 🙂
Dana @ Groupon Girl says
Wow, what great health food store deals! Especially the almond milk. We got through about 3 cartons a week, and it’s a very rare occasion I can find it for less than $1 with coupons and sales.
Kim J @Going Thrifty says
I am in awe of your health food store bargains! We have nothing like that here in S. Florida. I have half the family on almond milk now so that would be a great find for us.
Can you share your menu for the Bridal Shower? I am always looking for food ideas for parties on a budget. Thanks. 🙂
Jacinda Walker says
I linked up my post about what I got at CVS/Walgreens this week 🙂
What health store did you go to? Was it the whole food store?
Samantha @ Mama Notes says
wow you got lots of yummy, healthy foods!
Sara@Save Money, Live Joyfully says
Thanks to birthday errands and our anniversary, we ate out WAY too much this week. I didn’t actually go grocery shopping at all! (Except for one run for fresh fruit.) And, the one Target run I made didn’t have any spectacular deals. But, some weeks are like that. Back to reality next week 🙂
Frugal Jen | Frugal, Freebies and Deals says
I love health food store finds- they other day they were clearing out some of their gluten free breads and brownies for only $.99 each- I would have bought them all if I had a freezer!!