The kids are starting school this week, so it seems like a good opportunity to get a good routine going! I decided to plan out some meals for the week and do some shopping at Fred Meyer yesterday. While there, I spotted a few deals I wanted to share with you!
Odwalla Smoothies for Kids $1 (through 9/8)
$0.55/2 coupon from 8/12 SmartSource
Bottom line: $0.73 each
Odwalla Smoothies $1.99
$0.55/1 coupon from 8/12 SmartSource
Bottom line: $1.44
$1/1 coupon from 8/5 Red Plum
Bottom line: $2.50
Alexia Frozen Food
Bottom line: about $1.99 each
Silk Fruit & Protein $1.99 (through 12/12!)
$1/1 printable coupon
Bottom line: $0.99
Ken’s Salad Dressing $1.99 (through 9/9)
$1/1 coupon from 8/12 SmartSource
Bottom line: $0.99
Hershey’s Simple Pleasures $3
$2/1 coupon from 8/19 SmartSource
Bottom line: $1
ID Gum $1.49
Buy one, get one free sale
Buy one, get one free tearpad coupon (they’ve had these in the stores recently….I pulled mine from a couple weeks ago)
Bottom line: BOTH FREE
There are a lot of awesome deals and clearance happening in housewares and apparel this week, too. I didn’t have a ton of time to really dig, but here is a small sampling of what I found just by walking around the store…
Lots of patio furniture on sale…it appears to be on deep discount as opposed to “clearance” which means you may well be able to use the 10% off Home Extra Bonus coupon in this week’s ad too. The patio set above was $250, but marked down to $100. After the coupon you’d pay $90!
Lots of toys!! And the 60% is taken off the lowest marked price. Personally, I find this more enjoyable than the Target markdown event. Less crazy, more stuff. But that may just be my experience too.
Lots of little toys, crafting supplies, household items…
For my own trip, I used a mix of coupons: store, manufacturer, tearpad, e-coupon, mailer…
I also did a rather large shop, something I’ve not done in awhile. I’ve been meaning to get back into a once-weekly shopping and meal planning routine. Plus this week I had to think about back to school lunches. Here’s what I bought:
All told I spent $92, and coupons saved me about $20. I know I saved a fair amount by shopping sales, but the Fred Meyer receipts don’t provide an amount saved figure and I didn’t much feel like calculating it out.
My trip highlights:
- A lot of produce, some of which is organic. We bought a ton of fruit on this trip as well as greens as my garden is starting to slow down.
- Organic meat. I planned one meal this week with meat (the rest are vegan), so it’s easier to afford the higher cost of quality meat.
- Barbecue sauce! Once Labor Day is over, some of the barbecue items will start slowing. I decided to stock up on the $0.79 Kraft barbecue sauce and used the $0.60/2 coupons I had to drive the cost down further. We should be good until next summer.
- Bulk items. A couple of this week’s recipes called for nuts, so I opted to buy in bulk.
The best part of the shopping trip was meeting reader Karen in checkout! She came up to me and called out “Angela!” like an old friend. She was so friendly, I felt I should have known her right away! It was so nice getting to meet and chat with her in checkout. (Seriously, if you locals ever see me shopping at your store, don’t hesitate to say hi!)
Here is my dinner plan for the week. Notice that I do not plan a different dinner every single night. This is because we usually have leftovers and I sure do not have an issue serving them! Breakfasts around here are usually pretty simple – cereal or oatmeal with juice or milk. Lunches are also pretty low fuss – soups, sandwiches, leftovers from dinner, quesadillas, salads, and the like.
Sunday: Lasagna and French Bread with Veggies (I had the kids help me make it!)
Monday: Mango & Strawberry Chickpea Salad* for my lunches, Leftovers for dinner
Tuesday: Black Bean Burgers*
Wednesday: Lemon Lentil Soup* and I may also make some sandwiches for the kiddos
Friday: Zucchini Pasta with Tomato Sauce
Saturday: Maybe we’ll go out so I can take a day off!
* These recipes come from Peas and Thank You’s cookbook I checked out last week from the library.
If you’re planning a trip out to the store, do take a peek at the Fred Meyer list!
Are you doing any shopping or meal planning today?