I wanted to make a post on how we best utilize the money James earns for our household purposes. The first list is for items we buys at Sam's Club. I have come to rely moreso on Sam's items than I do for Aldi. I am so thankful for this store!
HE detergent: I buy the big jugs of detergent for our HE washer. It's simple and a no brainer for saving.
Chopped Ham: It's sold in a 10# block and comes out to about $1.20 per pound. It's wonderful fried as a sandwich meat. You can add it to mac and cheese. It's good as an accompaniment to mac and cheese or pinto beans. We go through about five pounds a month.
Canned Nacho Cheese Sauce: This is wonderful for a quick lunch or even a supper "meal" in a pinch. All of our family enjoys having these nachos. This is sold in a #10 sized can.
Nacho Chips: We buy the big box at Sam's and besides convienance, these are at a great price.
shredded cheese: If ever, their prices are rarely beat. We use their mozzerella and cheddar a lot.
Sliced american cheese: This is very convienant and at a good price as well
Frozen Sister Shubert's yeast rolls: These are so yummy and you get 30 sandwich sized yeast rolls for a little over $5.
Premade biscuits in the pastries section: These aren't exactly homemade but the next best thing. A local camp meeting that we attend use these with sausage gravy. They are quite tasty that way and so I serve these with my own gravy. Now when I make homemade bisuits, it is to make yummy cheese biscuits.
Butter, milk, sour cream.... it seems that dairy products are at unbeatable deals here!
Frozen mixed fruit and strawberries.
6# bags of pasta: These are so convienant and at comparable prices to that of stores.
Pancake Mix (Krusteaz): This stuff is quite good and economical since you just add water.
Animal crackers: I buy these large canisters quite often. They are a good cheaper sweet snack, but low in fat.
Toothpaste and mouthwash: We like Crest ProHealth and their toothpaste is at a great deal!
Miralax: wonderfully discounted. Nuff' said.
Shampoo and conditioner: I buy the big bottles here.
Meats: Their meats can be at great deals...compare and use common sense as usual. They have quick sale meats often as well. One time we hit the store at closing. Two fellows working in the back asked if we wanted rotisourrie chickens at a buy one get two free deal. They said they couldn't leave till they were sold. So we did them a favor. :D
Spices: This section can be quite addictive. I love to use spices a lot and so try out new ones sometimes. This section also has canisters of instant gravies as well.
The cost is amazingly low.
Yeast: it's also in the spice section and the prices can't be beat. Freeze and the yeast lasts practically forever.
Well, these are a few of the things we regularly buy from Sam's. In between this place, a few items from Aldi and keeping an eye on sales items, this is how we supply our household needs.
At Aldi my main items I buy are: flour tortillas, soups, pop biscuits, mexican cheeses(melting and crumbling cheese) and jelly.
Food Lion is my usual place to pick up diapers, pullups and their brand of disposable sleep pants.
I buy all beef and pork at under $2.00/lb. and all chicken under $1/lb.
Produce is mostly bought at our local produce stand. In addition we have our own garden and I buy bag salads on clearance.
I usually buy our toilet paper at Sam's but will buy it at killer deals elsewhere.
I buy paper towels on sale as needed. We use paper towels sparingly.
We are about to get in a new batch of hens in about a week or two. They should start laying this fall. We currently have only two lonely hens and the rooster. But thankfully we've come across some great egg deals since Easter.
For our family, I buy Dollar Tree toothbrushes. We keep a big supply on hand for those times when one is lost...which is very often. You can buy a canister of 8 at the Dollar Tree for a dollar. Love it!
So far buying like this is what works best for our family. I am constantly tweaking new ways to save money. In today's times everything helps!
I used to do the drugstore deals but many times things backfired and I lost money. Oh and also with being obsessive on catching the best scenarios drove me nuts. Forget it, I am a mom of seven and I homeschool. I don't have time for games. If I want to play a game I'll pull out some checkers and play with the children. ;D
Please share your grocery saving tricks as well! I am all ears.