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Today’s shopping trip: Dillon’s and the health food store

Dillon’s Shopping Trip

18 candy bars — $0.50 each, used 9 $0.50/2 coupons = free after coupons {Don’t freak out — I promise we won’t be eating all of those this week and I promise we’ll be sharing them with others! 😉 I just bought that many because I had 9 coupons and they were free. I’m also thinking I might freeze some of the candy bars to use chopped up in chocolate chip cookies.}

5 Silk single-serve milks — $1 each, used 2 $2/2 coupons and 2 $1/1 coupons = free after coupons

2 KC Masterpiece barbecue sauces — $1 each, used $0.75/2 coupon (“Doubled” to $1 off) = $0.50 each after coupons

14.3 pounds of red-taped bananas at $0.39/lb. =2.84 + 2.74

1 bottle of Old Orchard Juice — used free Old Orchard Juice coupon

Total with tax: $7.06

This shopping trip was a great example of how hanging onto a coupon and waiting for a really good sale can pay off. I had pick up a number of candy bar coupons a few months back from a display at Dillon’s. The coupons were for $0.50/2. I knew that these candy bars occasionally go on sale for $0.50 each and that would make them free after the coupons doubled.

I waited and waited and waited — and finally the sale happened this week!

Health Food Store

4 lbs. of pears — on sale for $0.99/lb.

1 dozen farm-fresh eggs from a local farm — marked down to $1.99 (my brother’s hens aren’t laying much right now so we’ve been buying eggs from the health food store instead. Once you get hooked on farm-fresh eggs it’s pretty near impossible to use non-farm-fresh eggs!)

Total with tax: $6.38

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  • Angie Wilson says:

    If any of those candy bars have the “win movie tickets for a year” promotion on them, be sure to go to the website and enter the codes. Those frequently are winners of a $3 movie certificate, which can be used toward snacks or tickets. The odds are really decent.

  • I’m totally your student. It’s times like these that I can reassure myself that it is in fact possible. Normally, I’m excited when we spend $50 on our weekly groceries just to make our meals, but this is something I’m following you along on to learn some new and budget friendly techniques.

    I did, however, manage to snag a few things here and there from my shopping trip today (you can see them on my blog) that I think I did a pretty good job saving. Keep up the awesome posts and keep on teaching!

  • Chris says:

    I’m sitting here chuckling with amusement at the combination of all of those candy bars in the same post with a trip to the health food store. 😀

  • Marie says:

    Can you freeze candy bars? I love seeing the deals you find. Dillions is the one store I wish we had here in MN. And I’m a little envious of the health food store. But God is good and I’m still able to be under budget shopping the stores we have. I still enjoy reading about your finds though.

  • I would not hold it against you if your family wanted to eat all those candy bars (over time). We love chocolate! 😉 Maybe you could use them to make homemade McFlurry’s or use them as a topping on desserts. 🙂

  • Andrea says:

    Great idea to use the candy in cookies, or as someone else mentioned, as an ice cream topping.

  • Charity says:

    Ah yes, my thought verbatim! 🙂

  • Crystal says:

    I make Candy Bar Cookie Squares whenever I can get my hands of free candy bars. Milky Way and Snickers work really well. Mix one box of yellow cake mix, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1/2 cup melted butter, and 2 eggs. Stir in 3 chopped candy bars. Spread into an ungreased 13×9 pan. Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes. Cool. Cut into squares. Super simple and super yummy! My kids and co-workers ask me to make this recipe all the time.

  • Diana says:

    I’m sad that you even feel like you have to justify and explain why you bought that many candybars. I would probably eat them all in a week. I ain’t judging.:)

    • Charity says:

      LOL!!! I think it’s sad she has to justify anything to her readers. It’s crazy the things people say in the comments section though isn’t it??

  • Jess says:

    What are you going to do with all those bananas before they go bad? Lots of banana bread?

  • Melissa says:

    That’s a great lesson in hanging onto coupons you know will eventually net you a great deal! ITA with the ladies wondering WHY you, as a spending-savvy adult, would need to justify any purchase, for any reason, or promise to give some away. With all you share about your life and how busy and well-managed you, your home and your children are, and how much you get done blogging, goal-wise and on your writing, I find your humility endearing and sweet, but honestly, I think you’re TOO hard on yourself and hold yourself up to a level of austerity not many people could manage with so much cheerfulness. Have a candy bar, or two, and take a bubble bath. You deserve it.

  • Jaci says:

    Another way to use the Snickers bars is to chop and mix one bar with one chopped apple and 1/3 container of whipped cream (or equivalent amount of homemade whipped cream). This recipe is easily doubled or tripled and makes a fun side dish with dinner or to bring for a potluck. We have this a couple of times per year and my children LOVE it!

  • KimH says:

    Chrystal, I so agree with you regarding the farm fresh eggs.
    I’ve been buying mine thru our CSA (Amish raised organics) for $3.25 a dozen, but last week, I went to an Amish Produce Auction and got 3 doz for $1.75 each. Its worth it. The taste of fresh farm eggs compares to none.

  • Amanda says:

    Freeze the bananas (in peeled chunks!), blend with a wee bit of milk, and throw in chopped chocolate bars for ‘ice cream’ or a ‘milkshake’. It’s healthier than it tastes, and a good way to make one bar into two or three servings.

  • Penny says:

    Question: if you see a free pad of coupons in a store (say for candy bars); how many should you take and squirrel away, as the representative of a single household? Same question for the in-store electronic coupon dispensers….

  • Michelle Kenworthy says:

    You could make this salad with the snickers……It has apples in it so it is healthy right?! 🙂

  • Michelle Kenworthy says:

    oops, Forgot to put the link. sorry.

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