We started off the week with our first real snow of the winter. It wasn’t too much, but it was followed by a full inch of sleet and then freezing (-20+ wind chill) cold so removing it was a priority. And, even when things did return to normal on Tuesday the roads were still pretty terrible.
On that Tuesday, though, since I had to go out anyway for preschool drop off I made a small trip to Star Market. I spent $17.85. Like I said, small trip. The eggs were free, the OJ was almost 50% off, and I should have saved a bit more but for their terribly implemented reward program. More on that in a moment.
Currently, there are a small number of things that I can only buy at Star Market/Shaw’s (same company/different names/I’m equally close to both). Currently there is one – their store brand oatmeal. They also more reliably stock pizza dough than Stop & Shop so I buy that. And, until very recently it was the only place I could get the cheese we prefer for pizza; now Stop & Shop has the cheese more readily.
This was not always the case. I used to to almost all my shopping at Star Market/Shaw’s. It was the closest and best store to our house. After we moved we had more choices so over the years I moved towards the options with lower prices, better selection, and nicer staff. A number of years back Star Market/Shaw’s discontinued their relatively standard rewards card. After a year or so they introduced a new program: U Grocery Rewards. For a long while this was a real pain to sign up for. And, I wasn’t shopping there enough to make that effort worthwhile.
I think they’ve improved it recently though, at least the signup part as I was able to get that done fairly easily a few months back. That being said, it is still very poorly implemented in the programming department. First, if the cashier totals the transaction before you’ve had a chance to enter your phone number, there’s no recourse except to void the entire transaction and start again. Second, apparently the cashier has to select the item for $1 off anything in X department coupons. That failed me on this visit as the cashier selected the $0.44 jalapeno instead of the $1.41 bananas to use my $1 off produce coupon. So, I had to get the extra $0.54 sorted out. Arguably that’s a training issue, but at other stores the computer just chooses correctly. I’m trying to use their program – hence the free eggs – but they’re making it unnecessarily difficult.
Ok, I’m done with that rant. On to other shopping.
I was very happy with my $103.69 trip to Stop & Shop on Thursday. Yes, it was big. But, I saved $57.32 on sale items and scored triple gas points. I had to hit $100 spending after coupons to use all the deals so I think I did pretty well. Below are the perishables; apparently I forgot to take a picture of the non-perishables.
On Thursday, I also picked up my Farmer’s to You box for $57.65. That included a block of herbed cheddar cheese, a pint of cranberry apple cider, one pound of beef stew meat, on pound of pork chops, and a three and a half pound turkey thigh.
Finally, on Saturday we took a trip to Wegman’s. We spent $116.78, including using a few coupons which I don’t always have there.
That brought the total for the week to $295.97. We’re pretty good for this week. I’ll make a trip to Stop & Shop before Thursday to grab their sale items. And, I expect a trip to Wegman’s sometime around next weekend.
It was just the kids and I and we only had a limited amount of leftover Sunday Sauce, so we finished that off.
Early: Chicken nuggets, green beans
Late: Homemade pizza
Pork chops in apple cider, pan fried potatoes, spinach salad
Early: Macaroni & cheese, broccoli
Late: Homemade pizza
Roast beef sandwiches, tater tots, cut veggies
Beef bourguignon, mashed potatoes, roasted carrots