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For the first time in about a month, we are back to the routine of my husband being gone two nights a week. My routine of making meals that he does not like, but which I do, on those nights worked only so long. After a while he also wanted to be able to eat at home before heading off to class. The compromise for this week? Tomato soup. A serving is a quick fix, so no spending tons of time on a separate meal just for him. It is also a favorite of his and quick to eat, which helps. Yes, it means that his portion will cost $1 just by itself, BUT it means he will not be eating out, which will save even more on our spending.
Here are some other ways I use to save money on our grocery shopping:
- Shopping first at discount grocery stores – places like Aldi.
- Looking at sales/deals taking place at pharmacies with point programs – CVS, Walgreens, Right-Aid
- Looking at sales taking place at larger grocery stores
- Matching up online printable coupons for items I am buying
- Matching up rebates from apps – ibotta, Checkout 51, Snap, SavingStar, Shopmium
At times, I question whether it actually is cheaper to shop at stores like Aldi before going to a larger grocer. Recently I was reminded, yet again, that it really does save money. Aldi had a few cheeses on their shelves. These were new kinds that I assumed were seasonal as they were not restocked when supplies ran low. That was unfortunate as we really liked their flavors.
Last week, while at a larger grocer, directly across the street from Aldi, I saw the exact same cheese. This time, however, it was $3 more per package. Out of curiosity I check on a spreadable cheese I had been buying at another discount store; it was also several dollars more per package. A great reminder that we can still buy niceties in our grocery shopping without having to always pay the higher prices.
Ibotta was one of the first apps I began using when looking for alternatives to clipping paper coupons. It has continued to be one I use regularly.
While having the Ibotta app downloaded on my phone makes it easy to upload pictures of receipts and redeem rebates, it is not necessary. You can also redeem rebates by going to their website. As an added bonus for signing up, for a limited time if you redeem a rebate within your first 2 weeks you will earn $10 in your account.
This week I will be using Ibotta to save on several items we need to restock at home. These items will include fresh fruits, items from the dairy aisle, meat and some canned goods. Offers will vary between people, depending on stores available, parts of the country, and other factors of which I am not privy. Some weeks I use Ibotta for a lot of items, and other weeks it may be only for one or two items. I appreciate not having to clip a coupon or remember to hand it to a cashier. This helps when you feel like your arms are already full and your brain power is draining quickly.
Shopmium is another app I use, though not as regularly. I appreciate the more upscale offers they have. At times it is just what I need and contains offers I do not normally find easliy elsewhere. This is especially true living in Small Town. If you use referral code: FFUEGUVP during sign up to receive an offer for a free Lindt Chocolate Bar. Might just be the thing you need today. 😉
- Eggs, toast
- Butterscotch Banana Muffins
- Steel-cut Oats
- Whole-wheat pancakes, bacon
- Eat out
- Ground Beef Curry with rice
- Dad’s Meatloaf with Tomato Relish, peas, rice
- Pulled Pork Sandwiches with potato salad
- Chinese Barbecued Pork, rice, steamed vegetables
- Broiled fish, quinoa, steamed veggies/tomato soup
- Crockpot Chicken/tomato soup
- Black Bean Burgers
- Home Fries/Breakfast for Dinner