Frugal Friday

17 Dec

You all know I am a frugal gal. I get excited by the possibilities that thrift stores hold, coupons for items that are already on sale at the supermarket not to mention the coupons in my Citipass book that offer Buy One, Get One. Seeing that I like to share with others when I find deals. Diana threw out the genius idea that I should do a Frugal Friday post and when she mentioned it, I loved it.

So I present my frugal finds for the week:

BOGO Palermo’s Pizza at Harris Teeter 2 for $7.49, which equals four meals for me.

Tip: If something like frozen pizza is buy one, get one, I will buy  it 99% of the time. Frozen pizza is perfect in a pinch when you don’t have the time to cook (or just don’t feel like getting creative in the kitchen) and  for when you have unexpected company over. To get the most use out of it, I will bake in the oven, have half and eat with a salad, veggies or some other kind of side dish so I will have a full belly and the other half to enjoy the next day.

Emerald Trail Mix–$1.29 a bag. I’ve never tried these flavors before but for that low of a price, I am willing to give it a go

Tip: My supermarket has cart sales every now and then where they put discontinued or seasonal items in carts in the front of the store at discounted prices. I always make it a point to sift through the items and see what they have, you never know what you may find. I try to look for items I am familiar with or ones I am wanting to try. I never buy items that I have no clue how to use or don’t think I will use but if it’s something like trail mix, it’s the perfect food to portion out into single serving baggies and carry around with you!

Rice A Roni Whole Grain for $.74. Perfect to pair up with chicken and a veggie which in turn, I can get two meals out of.

Tip: Piggybacking on the tip above, if a staple like rice or pasta is on sale (and doesn’t cost more than the regular priced ones that aren’t in the discontinued carts), I will buy it. You’ll be able to use it in a meal at some point in time.

Various bars—all under $.75 a piece. Instead of spending $1.50 or more per bar, I buy these in bulk and eat it with yogurt  for breakfast or snack while on the go.

Tip: When buying items on sale like I do with the cart sale, be sure to check the expiration date. There’s nothing worse than thinking you got a good deal only to see the item is past its expiration (don’t worry, I checked these!)

Lean Cuisine $2 a piece. I am not the biggest fan of Lean Cuisine due to their portions and lack of flavor but I adore their pizza and sandwiches. These are great when you forgot to make lunch and don’t have anything in the freezer (which has been happening to me  lately due to the holidays and traveling). When I have their meals, I like to add extra veggies to them or have a salad on the side.

Tip: Cross reference your local supermarket circulars! Nothing pleases me more than going through the Wednesday (the day that supermarkets typically start their sales) or Sunday papers and seeing what is on sale. Along with that I look through my coupons to see  if I have any coupons for those items. Bonus if you’re supermarket does double or triple coupons!

Coupon from Food Should Taste Good for a free bag of chips. All I had to do was like them on Facebook and voila-they send anyone who liked them a free coupon. Their chips usually run from $3-$4 a bag so this will save me some money in the future.

Tip: With the world we live on, social media is crucial to companies in their success and getting the word out about their product. If you like a product, restaurant, etc.  like them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter. They tend to out  push out special offers more often to their fans or followers.

Free Pastry or Sweet coupon from Panera via their MyPanera program. They have a mini card that you put on your key ring and each time you make a purchase you earn points

Tip: Many companies out their have incentive programs for your every day purchases plus give you a little something something on your birthday. Coldstone Creamery, Starbucks and Panera are ones I can think of at the top of my head but there has to be tons out there! Sign up for their email distribution of specials and offers, you never know what it can bring your way!

And there you have it, the first edition of Frugal Friday. I am passionate about saving money and finding the best deal out there on every day items. If you like idea for a post, please let me know and I will happily continue on with the deals I find throughout the week along with tips. I hope this and my tips help you get your frugal on! Another way to get your frugal on? Enter my Chobani giveaway–ends Monday!


17 Responses to “Frugal Friday”

  1. emily (a nutritionist eats) December 17, 2010 at 6:17 pm #

    I love these tips!! I’m really trying to spend less on foods. I will be a faithful reader! 🙂 I really love the buy one get one on frozen pizza…even though I never really “plan” on having frozen pizza, there are so many times when they would come in handy!!

    • simplyshaka December 18, 2010 at 10:04 pm #

      Yay glad to hear I reached out to someone!

  2. Amy @ Second City Randomness December 17, 2010 at 6:32 pm #

    The way you are with pizza/rice/etc is the way I am with cereal. If it’s on sale, and one I usually eat, I buy it! Nothing wrong with being a little stocked up (ahem sometimes 9 boxes at a time). 🙂

    • simplyshaka December 18, 2010 at 10:03 pm #

      Wow, you are sooooo Jerry Seinfeld with all your cereal! I maybe buy cereal seven times a year max!

  3. nic - the auspicious squirrel December 17, 2010 at 7:16 pm #

    Great ideas! 🙂

  4. dianacheung December 17, 2010 at 11:07 pm #

    holy shizzle this was well written. LOVED it great damn tips!!! gahhhhh. perfect post…I love my genius ideas!

  5. thehungryscholar December 18, 2010 at 1:50 pm #

    Thanks for the tips. I have to save money like it is my job next semester.

    Glad to be back, missed your blog!

  6. Lily @ Lily's Health Pad December 18, 2010 at 10:05 pm #

    We are very like minded in our grocery shopping! BOGO pizzas are the best! They’re always nice to have in a pinch. I always search through those discount bins. I could look in those things for hours…sometimes I feel like a cheapie!

  7. Monique December 21, 2010 at 12:10 pm #

    i am a fan! i love this idea! please keep this up! you always amaze me with your amazing deals !~

  8. Lisa Fine December 22, 2010 at 10:12 am #

    I love the idea of giving readers ways to be more frugal. There are so many ways to cut costs on foods…especially when you make things from scratch.

    • simplyshaka December 22, 2010 at 6:58 pm #

      Thanks Lisa! I whole heartedly agree with you, when talking to people I can’t believe how much money the spent on take out or processed foods when it’s so much cheaper to make you own.

  9. Paige December 23, 2010 at 3:46 pm #

    I’m always looking for more ways to cut down my grocery costs. Great tips!

  10. Alex December 26, 2010 at 5:18 pm #

    Man, oh Man. I used to be hooked on those Lean Cuisine pizzas and flatbreads. Cheap AND ready in less than 3 minutes?? That’s the same way I like my women.
    Unfortunately, i’ve recently embarked on a no-dairy hiatus….no more cheesy goodness from the 4-pack of Costco Lean Cuisines….sigh.


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