4th of July groceries for a STEAL this week!

How to save 1/2 on your groceries without clipping coupons

As I mentioned on Instagram today, I went grocery shopping late last night to restock my disturbingly empty post-vacation fridge. I use Deals To Meals to highlight all the best deals for the week for me because I'm too lazy to watch the ads. And BOY…The deals this week did NOT disappoint! I thought I'd share some of the best deals for the week, and how I manage to use up all this food without wasting any!

Since July 4th is coming up, some major essentials can be found for a steal this week – ground beef and turkey, drinks and chips, condiments, and produce galore! Here's my haul and some of the deals I took advantage of. Oh, but first be sure to check out my “How I grocery Shop” post for all the details on how I got these groceries for such a steal.

Ok, now for the breakdown…

How to save on groceries without clipping coupons

  • Cheese (both shredded and block): $5.99, reg $8.88
  • Ground turkey $2.99/lb (reg $4.64)
  • 80% lean ground beef: $1.99 (reg $4.48)

We saved SO MUCH MONEY on meat this week! This is a great thing to note: typically on the week of a holiday you will find appropriate meat on sale. Thanksgiving? Turkey. Christmas? Ham. July 4? Ground beef. Plan your shopping and meat-buying around holidays and stock up like mad, and freeze the extras!

  • Sour cream: $0.99 (reg $1.54)
  • Strawberries $1.66/lb (reg $1.98)
  • White onions: $0.25/lb (reg $0.99)
  • Nectarines: $0.98/lb (reg $1.50/lb)
  • Vine cluster tomatoes: $0.98/lb (reg $1.88/lb)
  • Capri suns (not well pictured): $1.49 (reg $1.98)
  • Kellog's cereal $2.50 & $1.99 (reg $3.50+ and $2.80+). Quite a bit of my budget went to cereal. I like to wait for the healthier stuff to go on sale, then stock up like crazy. My hubby LOVES cereal and this will last us for over 6 months (probably more since he's gone for the summer).

How to save 1/2 on groceries without clipping coupons

  • Yellow squash: $0.98/lb (reg $1.48)
  • Green grapes: $0.88/lb (reg $2.48/lb)
  • Carrots $0.99 (didn't write down the regular price – oops!)
  • Bag of mini peppers: $1.99 (reg $2.98)
  • Granny smith apples: $0.98/lb (reg $1.77/lb)
  • Red delicious apples: $0.79/lb (reg $0.97/lb)
  • Bryers ice cream $2.49 (reg $3.87) – In the summer we are always entertaining and ice cream is a quick and easy go-to dessert for guests, so I like to have some quality ice cream on hand.
  • Yellow peaches: $0.99/lb (reg $1.50)

How to save 1/2 on your groceries without clipping coupons

  • Cilantro: $0.25 ea (reg $0.48 ea)
  • Broccoli and cauliflower: $0.88/lb (reg $2.18 & $2.98)
  • Red leaf & Romain lettuce: $0.88 ea (reg $1.48)
  • Seedless watermelon $0.25/lb
  • Cantaloupe $0.39/lb

…and those were only SOME of the fabulous deals!

Grand total of: $121.60

So I stayed within my $125 weekly grocery budget, and have enough groceries to last me at least 2 weeks.

Don't like shopping at Walmart, or don't have one nearby?

No worries, this can still work for you! I go to Deals To Meals (yes, they are nation-wide), find the best deals for the week, add what I need to my shopping list, then price-match ALL my local stores' best deals at Walmart. If you don't have a WM close by or you don't like shopping there, no problem! Just use Deals To Meals or look at your favorite grocery stores' ads. Find the best deals for the week (they will be on the front or back pages of the ads, or they will be flagged in red on D2M), choose the store with the best deals that week, and focus your shopping and meal planning around those sale items. Simple as that! Yes, I will admit that you will typically save the most money if you price-match at Walmart. But the other method works great too, you just have to take a few minutes before you shop to make a plan, and shop smart. Again, get all the details on this HERE.

Deals To Meals doesn't have many stores in your area?

No problem! Email [email protected], tell them what area you are in and what stores you would like, and they will get it added asap. They are great over there.

How in the world will I use up all that food before it goes bad?

Great question! My biggest tip: Freeze, freeze, freeze. I will leave out one ground beef and will throw the rest, as-is, straight in the freezer. Often times I will cook up most of the ground beef/turkey, separate it into 1-lb baggies, and freeze it so it's ready for quick meals like soups, tacos, and lasagna.

As for the produce, I put almost all of it in the fridge (I have a 2nd fridge in my basement which helps).  I will only leave 3 of something at a time, so it doesn't all go ripe at once. If we eat one, I'll pull one from the fridge to put on the counter to replace it. If it starts getting over-ripe or we are sick of eating it plain, I will make applesauce out of the apples, will freeze the fruit for desserts and smoothies, or I'll roast and puree the veggies to sneak into almost every meal (I use “Deceptively Delicious” cook book which is AMAZING). Here are “11 creative uses for fruit that you would otherwise throw out” to help. I will also throw veggies in the freezer as-is and use them in soups, or I'll steam them and eat them at a later time (just like you would a bag of frozen veggies from the freezer section of the store)!

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Hope that helps! Be sure to stock up on great holiday deals this week, and have a happy and safe Independence Day.




  1. Avatarcamie says

    Hi! Two questions for you!
    I am now using Deals to Meals and am loving it. I am having a difficult time however with matching deals on meat. For example I had a great deal on meat … $1.99 lb for hamburger … but the cashier said I had to find a 1 lb package to use price matching and they only had 2 lb packs at my store. When it comes to produce I don’t have to have an exact pound in order to price match but for meat they won’t do it …
    Also my Walmart is starting to request to see an actual ad to price match … do you know if this is now required?

    Thank you!

    • AvatarFunCheapOrFree says

      What a bummer! Yes, every store does things their own way – which is sometimes good, but can also hinder the price-matching process. Here’s their policy: http://corporate.walmart.com/ad-match-guarantee. If they fight you on something that is clearly outlined in the policy, you should speak up and explain why the deal should apply as per their policy, it’s worked for me before! Good luck!

  2. AvatarStacey says

    I wish my WM was better about price matching – they wont’ do it without a physical flyer in hand and wont’ price match from any store with a loyalty card so that pretty much eliminates all price matching in my area as all the grocery stores have loyalty cards! I’ve tried it numerous times and just gave up as they made it so impossible!

    • AvatarFunCheapOrFree says

      GASP! But their policy states that you DON’T have to have the ad! They are breaking their own rules! Darn it all. But I agree, if it’s too hard just can it and shop somewhere else if you prefer. Hey, at least you tried!

  3. AvatarDaisy says

    i’m in the salt lake area too – where did you find the $2.99 for turkey and $1.99 for ground beef? Is that the Fresh Market deal?

  4. AvatarKristy says

    Thanks! I just subscribed to M2D free 2-week trial offer. Normally I am a big couponer, but lately I haven’t been doing coupons as much and paying FULL PRICE! eeek! Here’s to hoping this helps me out 🙂

  5. AvatarKirstyn says

    Hey Jordan,
    I am just wondering if there are any price matching ads for organic and non-GMO foods? Does Deals to Meals do that too or is it mainly just conventional foods? I would love to take advantage of these deals but we try to stay away from conventional foods. I’m looking for stores like Natural Grocers/Vitamin Cottage, Sprouts, or Whole Foods.
    Thanks, K

    • AvatarFunCheapOrFree says

      Great question, Kirstyn! Unfortunately, the way our country works is that the food industry is making BANK on charging outrageous prices for organic foods. They rarely go on sale…they just don’t need to! So no, the D2M almost never includes organic foods, in my area at least. If you are going to go organic I recommend picking and choosing. Research “the dirty dozen” where it talks about the organic foods that you should buy and ones that really don’t matter whether they are organic or not (like bananas because of the thick peel). Costco is the best resource for affordable organic foods, they have a great variety that is expanding every day. You could also grow your own, or join a food co-op which is another way to get good, organic foods. Here’s a SUPER old post I did on it: http://funcheaporfree.com/2011/01/saving-craving-savings-tip-produce-co/. Good luck!

  6. AvatarJackie says

    I’ve contacted Deals to Meals several times over the last year or so about adding the local grocery stores here in Iowa and they have yet to add them. They said they need more requests for them to do it. Until they include my local stores, it’s just not worth it to use their service.

    • AvatarFunCheapOrFree says

      Oh bummer!! Shoot. Well maybe there is another service in your area? Or heck, if not, maybe you could start your own!!! Maybe try Grocery Smarts…are they in Iowa?

  7. AvatarNena says

    I joined Deals to Meals about 6 weeks ago (after reading your post) I have been price matching at our local Walmart in Lindon Utah. Saturday when I went shopping the Walmart clerk told me that Walmart is no longer matching store brand to store brand. (Kroger vs Great Value) they also said something about the produce each vs pound. With that being said, how on earth will we use the Deals to Meals website and do ONE STOP SHOPPING. I don’t really want to go to Smith’s, Fresh Market, Ridley’s and so on to get the great prices. Any advice for a newby?
    Thanks for any help you can give.

    • AvatarFunCheapOrFree says

      Nena, great question! I read their ad-match policy (http://corporate.walmart.com/ad-match-guarantee). The blessing and curse with their policy is that it’s pretty ambiguous, which leads a lot open to each Walmart manager’s interpretation. I haven’t heard anything about them not matching store brand to store brand, but again, each store is different. I do know from experience that WM’s in Utah County are much stricter with price-matching. So you might just need to try different Walmarts (and go at different times of day because each manager is different) to find one that works. But just FYI, Neighborhood Walmarts are way better at price-matching than super walmarts. And honestly, it might be worth it to hop up to the Draper neighborhood Walmart 1x per month or so and do all your matching there for an easier time? Good luck!

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