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Grocery Shop and Gas

November 11th, 2015 at 10:45 pm

I made it to the grocery store this morning without children, which is always so much cheaper to do. I bought everything on my list except one thing they didn't have and ended up getting some organic apples instead. I also bought a magazine. I had 2 good coupons for stuff on my list and saved $10.96 off my total. Since I mostly buy whole foods it is hard for me to use coupons at all, but I needed to stock up on some soup for DH and a condiment they had on the coupons. I ended up spending $135.02 total.

I have been shopping a lot at the new Safeway these last few months and I find I am saving a lot of money (about $300 per month). They are cheaper on most items. I almost never go into Haggen anymore. Their shelves are never fully stocked and it is frustrating to waste a trip there and only be able to get half the things on my list and still have to go elsewhere.

Between Safeway and Trader Joe's I can pretty much get everything but the filler free lunch meat. I will stop at Haggen and check if I am going by anyway and if they have the lunch meat (sometimes they are out of roast beef) pick some up. But I no longer go there specifically. It's a shame. They used to be such a good store a few years ago before the original owners sold it off.

After I shopped, I stopped at the Safeway gas station and bought gas. I had 5 points on my Safeway card so got 50 cents off per gallon. I also used cash so got an additional 10 cents off per gallon over the credit card price. I got 15.695 gallons at $1.81 a gallon, spending a total of $28.55. I timed it perfectly so that the majority of my October shopping points still counted and I had almost a completely empty tank of gas. Go me.

5 Responses to “Grocery Shop and Gas”

  1. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    I can't remember if you have a smartphone or not - if you do though - Checkout51 has a $.25 rebate every week on fresh produce (bananas are on it every week, plus other options) - then there's also Shrink which has whole foods/fresh produce rebates, iBotta has whole foods / fresh produce from time to time, SavingStar has a new offer every week for fresh produce, Snap also has offers.

  2. Livingalmostlarge Says:

    Great job. Did you ever check if costco insurance was cheaper and worth keeping costco?

  3. LuckyRobin Says:

    Laura--Nope, I have a dumb phone. With 4 of us having phones, we can't afford smart phones or data packages. Well, we could, but I have other priorities.

  4. LuckyRobin Says:

    LAL--My husband was going to look into it. I don't know if he did. But it doesn't expire until March. They have started carrying a couple more things of late that are swaying me in the direction of keeping it.

  5. Joe Says:

    Whenever I use gas points I take two 5 gallon gas cans with me to make sure I get the maximum amount of discount gas.

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