Friday, February 15, 2019

Some shopping deals

Boy was I happy to get out of the house after the Polar Vortex. That 15 degrees felt warm to me after the cold

First stop Ollie's. I had a 15% off coupon and needed some new reading material. I now only look for my favorite authors at Ollies and Dollar Tree. I found 2 books at $3.99 each ($3.39 after q)

Boy did I have fun in the food section. The bacon chips is my favorite and I can only find it at Ollies. The Old Bay is DH's favorite (another Ollies exclusive). So I grabbed 4 Bacon and 2 Old Bay. Yep, there's a bag missing. I was so hungry after being out half the day, that I dug into one bag when I got home. Too tired to even think of fixing something to eat.

A funny story. I don't eat seafood. Now I know that DH loves to use Old Bay seasoning whenever he cooks seafood. So in my little mind I always assumed that the Old Bay chips would have a seafood flavor. Then during my shopping trip a little lightbulb finally turned on and I realised that it's just a seasoning that can be used on seafood. However, I wasn't taking any chances, so I asked DH about it when I got home. Here I've been depriving myself of those yummy chips cause I thought it would taste like So a week afterwards I tried the chips. When I opened the bag, all I could smell was seafood. It reminded me of when we visited the east coast and the guys stuff themselves on fresh crab. So I took one bite and that was it. DH had tricked me. Yuck!

I was so happy to find a new pizza cutter. My old one broke years ago and the new one is completely stainless steal and works great.

I was really happy to find the Fiber one at such a great price. I now carry a bar and a banana or other fruit with me whenever I go out for hours. No feeling hungry and no wasting money on junk food.

My total OOP at Ollies was $27.10 after the 15% coupon.

Made my monthly trip to the produce market. DH thinks I'm nuts, cause I always leave there with a full cart. I told him that it's easier for me to shop once, instead of running to the market every week, when I could be working. The market's prices are dirt cheap.You can see everything I bought on the receipt.

The peppers are always a great deal. I got 25 peppers for under $10 (excl green peppers) I always stock up this way, cause we love our peppers. As you can see, I made 12 bags of mixed peppers to freeze. Yes they freeze fine in the sandwich bags. I've done it before when I ran out of freezer bags. I didn't get much green peppers, because they were individually priced, unlike the rest that were by the pound. The bagged peppers usually last us a month or 2.

The $1 item was a bag of clearance limes (there were 8 limes in the bag)

We will just fill in the gaps with bagged salad, bananas and carrots throughout the month.

I made 6 jars of pickled beets. That's how I grew up eating it. I love beets and usually order imported beets from the SA food shop. However, they don't always have beets in stock, so I decided to make my own with the items I got at the market and it tastes exactly like home.

I also used some produce to make pizza and a salad for dinner one night.

Then on Monday I hit up Dollar Tree for some newspapers. I like to browse through the store, cause you never know what surprises you might find. Boy was I happy to find our favorite bread brand. I know that they normally get bread delivered on Tuesdays and Thursdays, so I was over the moon to find bread on a Monday, because we were on our last loaf from my previous DT purchase. I bought 4 loaves. BTW, I'm an expiration date junkie, but I've eaten this bread way past it's expiration date (without freezing) and it was still super fresh. I think that having it double bag (the inner bag is sealed), helps keep it fresh for longer.

Then at CVS I grabbed 2 bottles of detergent on sale for $1.99. Used $1 Digital q and $3 EBs that expired that day. Paid 6c OOP. I had a whole different shopping trip planned, but they didn't have the items I wanted

Silly me didn't think to run out to my car to clip 2 qs so I could grab 3 bottles for the same price. Duh!

I swear that the more I try to spend down my WAGS points, the more I earn. So I'll just grab the good deals, because they sometimes have some great DQs.

Trans 1

1 x A&H detergent $1.99
2 x Carmex supercran $6.34
Less AH DQ (1.00)
Less Carmex DQ (1.00)
Less Carmex q (1.00)
Less 5000 points (5.00)
Tax : 0.48
OOP $0.45
Earned $1 BR Carmex and $2 Ibotta Carmex + 10c Ibotta any item

Trans 2

4 x HE Shampoo $12.00
2 x Lindt minis 2.00
2 x AH detergent 3.98
1 x Heinz mustard 2.79
1 x Bic Razors 6.79
Less HE DQ (8.00)
Less Lindt DQ (1.00)
Less Lindt q (1.00)
Less AH qs (2.00)
Less Bic DQ (4.00)
Tax 1.37
OOP $12.93

Earned $7 BR ($5 bonus WYS $25, $2 mustard)

My plan was to get more AH detergent, but they were out of pods. That's the only qs I had left. So I improvised and got razor and mustard instead, which made my OOP higher than expected

Total drugstore OOP this week : $13.44
Drugtore rewards earned : $8.00 (there's also smaller everyday points that I don't include. too complicated)
Ibotta earned : $2.10

That was my shopping for last week. As you can see, this post is late. I wrote it on Sunday, but then still needed to take some pics.

Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!


  1. I love me some Ollie's too! I'll have to try those peppered bacon chips one day since they are so highly recommended. ;-)

    1. Lol... you won't be disappointed Sluggy. I hope you find it, cause I can only find it at one of my stores.


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