Menu planning, grocery shopping and a dead battery

I was giving a final exam yesterday, so I decided to bring the Sunday coupons for clipping and do my meal plan. I’m pretty sure my students thought I was crazy, clipping all these coupons, flipping multiple times through the Price Chopper flier and every so often beaming when I realize what I great deal something will be.

I made the menu plan for the week:

Tuesday: Chicken fajitas

Wednesday: Jeff’s on his own. I’ve got a business women’s networking meeting.

Thursday: Pizza

Friday: Chicken and mushroom alfredo, salad

Saturday: Hamburgers

Sunday: Steak, potatoes and corn

I made a huge list of all the awesome deals at Price Chopper this week (Thanks to Wicked Cool Deals for an awesome list of sale items and coupons!) That reminds me! If you can’t find your grocery store on one of the big grocery store watching websites, look for a smaller site. Wicked Cool Deals is an awesome site with great deals. I don’t know how she does it, but it’s a great site.

So I’ve got my list and I purchase all my stuff. I’ve got Suave deodorant, 2 of them for 38 cents each. I got the Suave shampoo, 6 of them for 30 cents each. I got the Knorr pasta side dishes for 60 cents each (I like those for lunch). I got the Wheat Thins for 50 cents a box. I got the Friendly’s ice cream for 99 cents. I also got two bottles of Wisk detergent for 4.68. I got five 12-packs of coke for $11.  I even got two boxes of Superpretzels for free.  The Superpretzels were B1G1 then I had two coupons for 75 cents off one box and Price Chopper doubled them. I got $146 worth of groceries for $72 and I got a coupon for $7 off my next trip because I spent $20 on Unilever products. I spent more than I normally do but I got to stock up on some things I needed. Next week, I’ll use my $7 to get some meat for the freezer. Free meat is always a good thing. I take my very full cart of groceries to the car and lug it all into the house.

I get everything home and “stage” my groceries on the kitchen table. I barely get everything to fit. I’ve got cases of coke stacked up with shampoo and conditioner bottles on top of that, boxes and bags of things all neatly displayed. I run upstairs to grab the camera and I realized that after spending all that time… the battery is dead. Sigh. So no picture of all my awesome grocery deals. Technology defeated me yesterday. Note to self: always put the battery back in the charger when done using the camera.

So my question today: have you found any awesome blogs to help you with your grocery deals or good coupon summary sites? I had a lot of coupons printed off the internet this trip which saved me a ton. I had $31 worth of coupons this week, which is a lot for me. Internet coupons rock!

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