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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Plan Meals With Weekly Sales

A great way to save on grocery purchases is planning meals around the weekly sales.  I know, I know, eating the organic and natural way costs a little more than the pesticide infested alternatives.  But when you consider the benefits of avoiding all of the prescriptions, surgeries and joint replacements in your future due to the nutrient depleted vegies and fruits that are sold in our market, the pros outweigh the cons. 

This week, I am hitting my local grocery stores and stocking up on items that are on sale. For example: Fresh Market has wild cod for $7.99/lb ($4 off), Publix has Stonyfield Oikos Greek yogurt 10 for $1 and I am going to use my Stonyfield rewards coupons that I printed from their websited (stonyfield.com).  Whole Foods, Trader Joes and Chamberlain's have numerous deals in store when you browse the aisles.  Whole Foods also has a coupon booklet that you can add manufacturer's coupons to and get more cents off!  Makes sense, right?! Oh! Almost forgot, if you have American Express, check out their site from time to time.  In August I was able to snag a great offer with Whole Foods.  If I download $100 per month onto my Whole Foods gift card from my American Express card, I received $10 additional and $5 additional for the two subsequent months.  Sooooooo, over three months I get $320 for downloading $300.  Every little bit counts, right!?  And I earn rewards on my American Express card!

Don't leave out the warehouse clubs when looking for deals.  Sam's Club has 16 oz plastic containers of organic spinach and organic salad mix for about $4 a piece, which is the price for a 4 oz bag in most grocery stores.  Aldi's has great deals on cauliflower, broccoli, pineapple, cantaloupe and, when in season, watermelon, these fruits and vegies can be eaten "conventional" style. Believe it or not, Aldi's has great prices on wild salmon - yep, wild salmon.  Oh, how I wish Trader Joe's was within driving distance - that grocer has GREAT deals on organic eggs, milk, cheese, avocados, bread, fish - well, EVERYTHING!  I miss my Earth Fare Market deals.  That's one gem I enjoy when I visit Ohio.  GREAT daily deals and sales.

Within the next few weeks, I'll be able to post unpublished sales at stores within my area to help out us frugal folk.  I used to go by the weekly ads only for my shopping list.  Low and behold I ventured out of my comfort zone and realized that there were tons of sales that were great deals that weren't in the ads!

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