Meredith is holding our sales receipt from Big Lots today! This reflects 5 carts worth of stuff…wow.
I’ve been pounding away at our pantry and freezer in recent weeks, using up everything. Now, I’m ready to start looking for good deals to replenish the pantry.
Before I share my hot deals, which I got with Big Lots 20% off coupon (good until Sunday I think), I want to share my philosophy here.
I am not a hoarder. I am not stockpiling for fear of economic collapse. I am not compulsively scoping out deals every day or even every week. I am not a huge fan of coupons.
I am simply a wife and mother who desires to be the best steward I can be with the dollars we are entrusted with.
That being said, I do hunt for bargains on things that my family regularly uses. My motivation is stewardship, but also to enable myself to stay out of stores as often as possible. Go into enough stores and you’re sure to buy things you don’t need. I also don’t particularly enjoy shopping with lots of children, so why not stock up on the “no-brainers” like basic toiletries and staples? As the price of fuel continues to rise, driving less makes even more sense. The news reported that we could expect to pay $3.75 a gallon by Spring!
Big Lots has great deals all the time, however, about the only time I shop there is when they put out their 20% off coupon. My estimate is that it comes out twice a year. Big Lots deals are good but not on my regular route. But with 20% off, I make the extra effort.
Big Lots usually has decent deals on cereal, but I’ve never seen a deal like this! Post Toasties, 11 oz. boxes for .50 cents. Take the 20% discount, now it’s .40 cents. Dude!
This is 3.6 cents per ounce! My price point is 12 cents per ounce….crazy, just crazy. I got 16 boxes.
OK, I’m not a huge sugary cereal fan, but hey….Malt-O-Meal cereal, Tootie Fruities 11.5 oz. for .50 cents/.40 cents discounted, 3.4 cents per ounce!!!!
Frosted Flakes were an even better deal at 2.6 cents per ounce! The cashiers kept encouraging me to go back to get more, they had tons. I’ll pay 2.6 cents per ounce for this kind of no-fiber cereal, gladly! I bought 16 bags of Tooties and 13 bags of Frosted Flakes.
My toothpaste price point is $1. Big Lots usually has Aim toothpaste for $1, but today they had the tubes that included a free trial size, still for $1 and at 20% off…..80 cents.
This will last us about 6-9 months. Now, here’s how I about it…..I have absolutely no need to look at sales for toothpaste for at least 6 months. It’s like I’ve deleted it from my mind and checked it off my list of things to thing about. How freeing!
Today, I don’t care who has toothpaste or at what price, I’m done thinking about toothpaste until I get down to about 5 tubes.
80 cents bought pudding cups for lunches……
Here again, I’ve got enough shampoo and conditioner for about 6 months now. Delete. I don’t have to think about it until I get down to about 6 bottles, then I’ll start looking for a sale. My shampoo/conditioner price point is $1, I got these for .80 cents each.
.80 cents and I just got a few. I still had some left from the last sale.
I got a mess of deodorant for the 4 teenagers at 20% off…..
Finally, I’ll share my deal on pasta. This is organic pasta and the only whole wheat pasta they had. I require whole wheat but I don’t need organic.
Price point? $1 per box. Walmart frequently has whole wheat pasta on sale for $1 per box, BUT the Big Lots pasta were #1!!! Walmart’s package is about 11 oz. Plus my 20% off made this a better deal. I only got enough for about a month and probably should go back for some more before the sale is over.
I also picked up some things for a lady in need and dropped them off for her, this is the kind of sale that makes it easy to be generous. Other things I picked up were some gardening stuff, school supplies, canned goods and outdoor solar lights.
Yep, 5 carts. That’s a record for me. I must say that the carts were very small…ahem.
Have you found any great deals this week? How do you feel about stockpiling and chasing coupon deals?