- April 7, 2007 at 9:51 pm #240193BiggerPiggyBankParticipant
It is cheaper for us just to buy powdered milk and just reconstitute
it. We drink skim milk, and it tastes just the same. With milk prices
rising, I have looked into this again, just to make sure.
We have two
grocery stores right in our area. We shop them and the Family Dollar
every week or two. Liquid skim milk is cheaper at iga than hannaford.
powdered milk is cheaper at hannafod than at iga.
*but* powdered milk
is cheaper per gallon at hannaford, than powdered or liquid is at
iga. so we buy powdered at hannaford.
also, i noticed a few other things during my shopping trip today. i
was buying shampoo for a dollar at iga/family dollar, but hannaford
has it for 89 cents. We dilute our sampoo with water by 1/3 and doo
not notice a big difference.
IGA sells yogurt for my girls at 2/$1.00, and hannaford has a store
brand selling at 2/.89. *But* last week IGA had yogurt on sale
for .39 each, which was cheaper. Also, Iga sells my larger yogurt for
$1.99, but Hannaford sells a store brand at $1.79.
iga does not sell
a store brand of yogurt, so hannaford wins again.
hannaford does not have a reduced price card for bakery and produce,
but iga does, which saves me a lot of money most weeks. soda is
usually cheaper at hannaford, which is the same price as at family
dollar. i like diet coke.
*but* when i go to wal*mart, i get the
store brand and save about .40 per 2-liter. I do not get to Wal*Mart
often, as it is not local for me, and I do not get into Bangor often.
Even if I didn’t look for deals, though, I would still pay less at
IGA than Hannaford on the items that *I* purchase. On the other hand,
my sister buys differently than I do, and would pay less at
Hannaford. She buys mostly convenience foods, though.
I do not buy
too much for convenience foods, so that may make a difference. I’m
K-Mart is a great place to by off-season clothes for kids. At least
it was a few years back. During the winter I would buy almost all of
the summer clothes that my daughters would need the next year there.
During the summer I would buy a lot of winter clothes.
You just have
to be willing to look. I have also bought a feww things for me
recently. Here are some examples:
Kids pull-over sweaters – very nice ones – $1.00 each
Girls pull-on (stretch) pants – .75-$1.00 each
Kids shorts – .50-.75 each
Kids Tee-Shirts – .75 each
Kids tank tops – .25-.50 each
Bras for Mom – $1.50 each
Panties for mom – .50 each
My girls didn’t mind wearing t-shirts, tank tops and shorts being
sold for boys, so that made it easier. They also would wear those
three items as jammies, so that saved me even more money.
Cat food:(dry) I buy a large bag of dry food about once a month and
we have 3 cats at 13 months old. I sometimes have to purchase another
bag at the end of a month, it depends on how much they eat each
week.I spend between $9.00 & $10.00 per purchase for dry food. They
are not all that picky about it.
I look for sales/coupons and buy the
biggest bag at the cheapestest price.
Cat Food:(wet) Last winter my cats ate 4 cans of this a day between
them, this spring, they cut themselves down to 1 to 1-1/2 cans a day
between them. They are indoor cats. Does anyone know the reason for
At any rate, they will only eat fancy feast (or the store
brand) or sliced/carved 9 Lives. That is it, nothing else. Also, they
will not eat tuna cat food, or ocean white fish.
I am always looking
for sales/coupons for the 9 Lives, fancy feast is just not economical
as far as I can tell. This week, IGA is selling the 4 can packs of 9
Lives for .99. They usually sell them for $1.19, I think, which is
why I usually buy them at Hannaford for $1.09.
Cat litter: I have found a huge savings on this one. We only use
scoopable litter. We have the three cats, and two litter boxes that
get scooped throughout the day, as well as cleaned right out, washed,
etc once a week.
We started out buying whatever litter was cheapest
at the grocery store, but my cat will not poop in anything but
scoopable litter. So, the grocery store sold the scoopable litter for
almost $6.00 (14 lbs.). Whenever I went to Wal*Mart I would pick up
for $7.00 or $8.00. *But, Sams club sells 40 pound containers
for just under $8.00. I have found that we go through about 80 pounds
a month, so Sams is our cheapest find for what we need.
There is a
big savings there.
Well, that’s all I have for now.
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