Did YOU save 1/2 on groceries this week? (Price-matching made easy!)

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Have you been price-matching this week? (see how I grocery shop for details) If not…YOU SHOULD! I save 1/2 on my groceries each week without clipping a single coupon. Take today, for example…

After holidays the deals are typically few and far between. But seeing as how we just got back from 10 days in Oregon, my fridge is BARE and I needed at least a few staples to tide us over until the good deals come back again next week.

Well, BOY was I pleasantly surprised when I logged into Deals to Meals to check out all the deals for the week and found some KILLER prices, even though it was after a holiday! There weren't many deals (since all the stores had their best sales last week), but the few they had were pretty darn good! I'm glad I took 3-4 minutes to find them before shopping rather than paying full-price for everything.

I only spent $99.04 for 2 weeks of groceries for my family of 5  (which is under-budget) – including face wash and some full-priced items.

$34.51 ended up being full-priced items. If I hadn't bought the full-price items (I was desperate since we've been out of town) I would've only paid $64.49!

Here are some of the crazy-good deals you need to take advantage of ASAP:

Again, be sure to read “How I Grocery Shop” for a full rundown on how I shop. But to be brief, I:

  • log into Deals to Meals (only $5/month and SO WORTH IT).
  • I select every store in Utah except for the 3 that are over 30 miles away from me (my local Walmart won't let me price-match from those),
  • I check out the best deals (flagged in red) and if I need it, I add it to my shopping list.
  • I take that list and price-match all the store's deals at Walmart. So easy!

Today's list looked like this (sorry it got a bit cut off):

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I tend to add more to my list than I end up buying. Today I only had 40 minutes and had my 2 year old and 15 month old with me so it was pretty chaotic, but I managed anyway!

Here's the stuff I ended up buying today:

Boneless pork roast: regularly $3.18, my price: $1.89

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I plan to make some delicious Dr Pepper Pulled Pork using the bread I bought (below). I also plan to find some new pork recipes to try, then freeze the rest for future use.

  • Bananas: $0.50/lb (reg $0.59)
  • Tomatoes on the vine: $0.98/lb, (reg over $2.50)
  • Mangoes $0.44 ea (reg $.89 ea)
  • (I actually paid full-price for the strawberries because WM's price was cheaper than the price-match price)

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  • Cantaloupe $1.25 ea
  • Seedless watermelon: $0.20/lb
  • (I actually paid full-price for the sweet potatoes)

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The deal I was most excited about this week? PASTA SAUCE! I've been completely out for weeks, waiting patiently for a deal to come along. And BOY did it come along!

  • Classico pasta sauce just $1 (regularly $2.19 each!)
  • Hunts sauce $0.77 each (regularly $0.89 each)

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The Hunts was a fair deal. But the Classico? MIND BLOWING! Stock up for your life! I use Hunts for baking IN things like lasagna and baked pastas. I use the Classico (it tastes better) for dishes where it's the star of the show like spaghetti and chicken parmesan.

Lastly, I got some milk for $2.39/gallon which saved me $0.50 or so.

How to save 1/2 on groceries

It may seem like a random array of food, but since I stock up when things are on sale, I have plenty of pasta, frozen/canned veggies, frozen meat, and pantry staples that will allow me to make dozens of meals out of the items I bought today.

Oh! But before I forget,

Here are the things I paid full-price for:

How to save on groceries

Can you believe these few full-priced items (including strawberries, eggs, and sweet potatoes) cost me over 1/3 of my entire grocery bill? It hurts but sometimes you've gotta do what you gotta do. At least I used the discount bread cart to help.

Again, I only had 40 minutes to get my kids loaded, shop, check out, load my car, and get to preschool to pick up my son. It took me about 3-4 minutes to read through the Deals to Meals list (I do it while brushing my teeth), and it saves me about 1/2 on my groceries! Give it a try and you'll be happy you did!

(P.S I'm sure you have lots of questions so go to THIS PAGE first, and if you have more then be sure to leave a comment or drop them in my Q&A box!)

Give it a try and have a great week!

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Comments

  1. Yay! I got some of the same deals! I will have to go back for the pasta sauce! KILLER! Can you do a post of a meal plan you make from these deals??

  2. Hey, I noticed the spaghetti sauce is priced for Saturday – does your Walmart let you price match throughout the week for items like this?

    Nice finds by the way. 🙂

  3. I am so bummed every time I see a post with deals to meals that it only has Walmart and Target in my area – no grocery stores. You’re lucky you don’t have the prep time of scouring the ads, although I’ve gotten fast at it lately. 😉 Glad you had a good trip!

  4. I am really wanting to try this, but have a quick question. What do you do with the brands? Does it have to be the same? What if it’s a store brand do you get to buy walmarts brand or does this only apply to name brand items?

  5. I would feel like I would have died and gone to heaven if milk was that cheap here. A cheap gallon is about $4.80. And I wish our Walmart had a grocer in it. Otherwise, this is a GREAT idea. I guess we pay for paradise 🙂
    Sheila, in Hawaii

  6. This has nothing to do with groceries but I was just curious about something. Have you posted anything about potty training? I was just wondering if you had any awesome methods. Obviously there are a ton of books out there but I’d love to hear your take on it if something specific has worked for your kids.

    • I haven’t posted about potty training! But I certainly will add it to my “write a post about this” list 🙂 Thanks for the inspiration!

      But quickly…
      I didn’t read a single book. I didn’t watch any program on it or anything. I simply waited until my kids were READY. My daughter was literally putting herself on the potty at 2-2.5 so I knew she was ready. My son, I tested it out a few times but I didn’t really start the “no diapers” process until the potty wasn’t a battle any more. Waking up dry from naps is also a HUGE indicator. I would give them an M&M or small treat whenever they’d go on the potty which helped them feel awesome.

      To be completely honest, I feel bad for people who start too early and force their kids into it, I just think it ends up backfiring in the end. So my vote? Take your time, enjoy the convenience of diapers, and you’ll know when your kids are ready!

  7. Any tips on price matching for those of us not in an area that dealstomeals covers? I’d love to start doing this but am unsure how to start on my own!

  8. This is awesome!!!!! Totally signed up for the free trial, so glad I follow you because I have been looking for something like this that is absolutely perfect for someone who doesn’t have time to go to multiple stores or to sit and price compare among the ads themselves! So question – how did you print out your list that way with the stores on the side? How do you use the recipes? Do they have recipes that mostly feature the deals for the week? Or do you just skim the recipes to see if you want to make that or just the food pricing only?

  9. never mind about the question on how to print a list with stores – I just somehow figured that one out by resorting my list.

    • Yes, it should. If you don’t see stores in your area then email them and they will get some added, they are really good about that!

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