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Lest You Think That I Don’t Spend Any Money….

I did one of the largest shopping trips this morning that I have done in probably a year. This trip was to pick up the rest of the things that I needed for our Thanksgiving meal and other foods for our winter stockpile.

The coupons that Top’s mailed me that I discussed in a prior post arrived yesterday. They are four weeks worth of coupons. This week’s was my free turkey coupon and a $3.00 off produce coupon. The turkey coupon was good for a 10lb. and up with a $50. purchase. I knew that I was going to be spending a lot more than $50. today. Above is the free turkey which will be used for a family dinner next spring. The ice cream is for Thanksgiving dessert and the potatoes were needed to make our mashed potatoes.

As you can see above my free Jennie O turkey was 19.57 lb. It would have cost me on sale $ .48 a lb. or a total of $ 9.39. Free is so much better!

The gallon of milk was free because I purchased 3 Pillsbury Pie Crusts and 1 Pillsbury cookie dough. It was a Top’s store deal. One of the boxes of crusts will be used for the homemade cherry pie for Thanksgiving. The cherries were picked from our tree in June and frozen. I also purchased a pumpkin and an apple pie. I am short on time next week because we have appointments on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. I like Mrs. Smith’s pies so they will suffice. I will make the cherry pie on Tuesday evening. I picked up the limit of 4 butter at Aldi’s for $1.99 a lb. and 1 lb. at Tops with a Super Coupon. I need to get more at Aldi’s every time I go by one. I plan on stockpiling 20- 25 lbs. for this next year. The sausage is for the stuffing next week. Eggs are always stockpiled here when we have company. Hubby wanted some deli ham for lunches this week. I usually buy my 1/2 and 1/2 at Walmart but they have had none the last 2 times I have been in that store. Hopefully this will last us through Thanksgiving.

The bananas were free with the $3.00 produce coupon. Celery was needed for stuffing. The jellied cranberry sauce, yams, and some of the broth will be used for our Thanksgiving meal. The Ritz were needed for the stockpile as was the canned apple pie fillings. The Chex mix is for snacking while company is here. The candy is a gift. The 6 cans of Deluxe mixed nuts are to make two large batches of our party mix. One for Thanksgiving and one for Christmas. Hubby HATES mixed nuts that have peanuts in them. So once a year I splurge on over $40.00 worth of the deluxe nuts for the holiday party mixes. The Fit and Active whipped topping are for  the pies.

The 2 boxes of Rice Chex, 2 Cheerios, and the 2 bags of pretzel sticks are for the party mix. The bread is for French toast when we have company.

Lastly, Hubby’s Diet Coke was on sale for B2G2F. So to keep him stocked, I picked those up.

I spent $ 142.36 at Top’s and $ 22.47 at Aldi’s. I desperately need Wheat Chex. Neither store had any. We can’t make the party mix without it. So as soon as I finish this post I am headed out to go to a few more stores to try to find two boxes. I may have to travel to another town but I am not coming home without it. I also need to go to the liquor store for some bottles of wine. Once this is done, I am hoping with the exception of butter and some hams to not need anything else for a long time.

Have you guys finished your shopping yet for your Thanksgiving meals?     

8 replies on “Lest You Think That I Don’t Spend Any Money….”

Hi Liz, this is Chris. I have not finished my Thanksgiving shopping yet. I still need to get a ham, and will get it on Fri. I agree with you that the ham prices are up a little this year, I am thinking last year I spent 1.49/lb for the spiral sliced ones, and this year they are 1.59-1.79/lb. I also make the Asian slaw with the ramen noodles and have to pick up a bag of slaw for it, I do have the other ingredients stocked already. I am also thinking about making the no bake oatmeal cookies, and have everything to make those. I will be stocking on butter also, but haven't been yet to get any. I am running behind this week. LOLOL!

That is a huge grocery shopping trip! Free turkey is always good. I need sweet potatoes and two other things, and I cannot remember what they are, but they are written down.

After finding I am allergic to several tree nuts, I can only buy peanuts! No, I cannot just pick out the peanuts since I am afraid of the tree nuts next to them.

Hi Linda,

Thanks for sharing. I don't blame you on the nus. I would only buy peanuts and make sure that no other buts were sorted on that equipment.

I was upset that our stop and shop (affiliate of Giant) ran out of .39 a lb Turkey's . That has never happened in all my years of managing a household . I went to two different towns . I did get a frozen turkey from Big Y that ended up being .59 a lb after all the coupons (paper and digital) . I also got a Natures promise fresh and a locally raised free range organic bird from a local farm . I feed a lot of people either at our table or delivered . The frozen is for later in the winter.

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