Have I mentioned that I’m a fan of bacon?
Yeah, I know that it isn’t great for me. I still love it.
As much as I talk about bacon, it is a real treat for our family, so we really don’t have it that often. It is definitely a Birthday Breakfast must-have, and an every-morning-while-camping must have, though. Plus, you really can’t leave it out of Loaded Baked Potato Chowder.
When I find Bacon at $2.50 or less, I buy a couple. I would never, in a bajillion years, pay more than $2.50 for bacon. I’ve gotten it for free in the past, so it pains me to spend a lot of money on bacon. However, I do LOVE it, so I decided to stock up when I saw it on SALE at Safeway this week!
First, the picture of the groceries. So weird that I take pictures of my food, huh?
The bacon. It is on sale for $2.99 this week, plus there is a $1/1 MC (I think The Oregonian got it, but the Statesman didn’t). It doubles, but I’ll get to that at the end.
11 Bacon @ $2.99 each
used (11) $1/1 MCs
= $1.99 each (However it comes out to less than that! Keep reading!)
Cheese: $4.49 (oh, how I need a Tillamook sale!)
There is a BOGO meat promo this week, but it’s all of the expensive cuts. I am out of ground beef, so I wanted to get the 93% lean ground sirloin and wanted to pay about $15. See, I plan my trips. When I got to the store, they had the BOGO sirloin packaged up in ginormous packages (6 lbs. or more) that were all right around $30. Yikes! I told the kind meat dude that it would break my budget, and he offered to split one up. Wahoo!
SO, I ended up getting 2 packages of lean ground sirloin for about $2.50/lb (which is pretty good, but not freakishly awesome) and paid $15.97.
The small bottles of Franks hot sauce have been money-makers for me lately, so I was hoping that these would be, too. They weren’t though! They were just FREE with the FREE coupon found in a Sunday paper a while back.
Tip: It’s always a good idea to save your free product coupons for the first week of the month when the loved/hated $10/$50 coupon comes out. Remember that your total has to come to $50, AFTER you scan your club card, but before manufacturer coupons. Then, we knock it down with the manufacturer’s coupons! So fun!
My pre-coupon total came to just over $66. I used the $10/$50 coupon that came out this week, and then used $11 in bacon coupons. Add the doubler for another $2.00 off (doubles up to 4 coupons, and only up to 50¢ – available in Oregon and SW Wash.). PLUS, take $2.89 off for each hot sauce, AND I used $7.50 in Catalinas for the McCormicks deal (shown below).
Total spent was $27.03. Think of it this way: I paid full price for the bread, milk and cheese ($8.67) and the meat was a good deal, but anyone can get this deal (another $15.97). That brings my “normal people total” to $24.64, before the bacon and free hot sauce. A normal person would have paid $2.99 for ONE bacon, bringing the total to $27.63. That’s 60¢ more than I paid for 10 additional packs of bacon and 2 hot sauces. Make sense? Yeah, it pays to be abnormal!
I’m hoping this bacon lasts through camping season, but if I see another bacon sale (or get my hands on more coupons) I’m definitely getting more! For you stockpile skeptics, ask yourself how many packages of bacon you would go through in a year and just buy that much!
And, since it has been a while since I’ve posted my trips, I’ll leave you with this:
Free pasta, free sauce and cheapo/moneymaker spices.
I did another little trip in there for more free pasta, moneymaker spices and moneymaker hot sauce, but I didn’t bother with a picture.
Plus, I did this:
6 mini bags of ground coffee, a 200 pack of coffee filters and a loaf of whole wheat bread for 62¢.
AND, I purchased 12 lbs. of organic apples from Azure Standard for 63¢/lb (plus a bag of organic dried garbanzo beans to make hummus!). Locals, I belong to the co-op @ Bridgeport Farms and Gardens. I think I’m going to start buying 15lbs. of organic apples at the beginning of every month. It’s so nice to just buy the apples once and be done with it, plus they are cheaper than store bought! We have an open fruit drawer policy for our hungry boys, so sometimes I’m buying apples two or three times a week! This should save my sanity, right?
I still have $8 left in this week’s grocery envelope, so I’m planning to get in on the awesome Kellogg’s/free milk promo at Albertsons. If it works out, I’ll take a pic!
What are you buying this week?