Thursday, June 4, 2009

Yo! Check Out My Poll!

See that poll over there -------->

Click an answer! I'm just interested in where most people shop here in great New England!

Some of my friends said they enjoy seeing the really good sale prices for each of the area stores posted (or maybe they are just lying to me! ha ha!). I actually have enjoyed doing it, so I think I'll keep it up when I get the circulars. I usually get them Wednesdays, but sometimes it's Thursdays. I'll do Roche Bros, Hannaford's, Stop & Shop & Shaw's.

Now remember, there is no method to my madness here. I'm not promoting every single item on sale - just things that I personally think are pretty darn good. For whatever odd reason, I'm overly obsessed with grocery shopping. I enjoy it. It's a hobby. I do sort of keep price points in my head as far as my "max" for what I WANT to spend on certain items. Here's a sampling of what I consider my "limit" on stuff:

Yogurts - .50 cents and under
Shredded Cheese - $2 for 8 oz.
Block Cheese (Cracker Barrel type) - $2
Bread - $1.70 (based on me being able to get 2 loaves at BJ's for $3.39)
Strawberries -$2/lbs
Grapes $2/lbs
Spaghetti Sauce -Anything under $1
Pasta - I aim for .75 a box, but will go higher for Barilla. I hate Whole Grain Pasta - so I only buy the basic old white stuff.
OJ - $2.50 for a half gallon
Milk - $2.15 (going rate for a gallon of 1% at BJ's now)
Eggs - $1.79 a dozen or less
Butter - $1.99 a pound or less
Ice Cream - $2.50 a container
Cereal - $1 a box is my limit
Fruit Snacks - I try to get them at $1 or less
Bacon - $2.50 (I usually hit up the BOGO sales - they are $4.99 ea reg.)
Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breast - $1.99/lbs or less
Taco Kits - $2
Parmasean Cheese - $3 for a normal sized container
Salad Dressing - $1 or less
BBQ/Marinades - $1 or less
Mac & Cheese - .50 per box
Green Giant Boxed Veggies - $1 or less
Laundry Detergent (32 load) - $3 or less

This is just what I hope to achieve. Obviously cereal won't just go on sale for .99 cents -so almost all my price points include matching coupons to sales. I try to stock up on the things that won't go bad when they are dirt cheap. And of course, I have bought these products over my "limit" before. I just don't get as much buyer satisfaction when I can't get them for the price that I aim for. I have to be rational here - if the husband is begging for Orange Juice, I'm not going to say "No! You can't have it! It's $3 a carton and I'll only spend up to $2.50!" I will get him OJ. But if he's not really bugging me for it, I'll skip it until the following week when it does dip down to $2.50.


Kara said...

I'm actually switching allegiance from Shaw's to Hannaford's. The one by my house is so nicely refurbished, so I finally went in to check it out - the prices were the same or lower than Shaw's on almost everything on my list. I think I'll continue to bounce between the stores, but Hannaford's really does have better prices than I thought.

BECKY! said...

I personally think that Hannaford's has really good regular prices. For all their products. I just don't think their sales are all that great. It's a really good place if you make your lists based on your desires and not sales. It would be neat to see that one all new and improved.