1) Two weeks ago our local grocery had eggs on sale for $0.88/dozen and I loaded up the cart - when kept in the fridge and turned every week or so, eggs will last for a long time. We use five eggs a day for breakfast (plus any baking we do), so I know I'm going to use a lot of eggs before my egg stash even thinks about going bad.
These are the eggs I have left from the $0.88 deal
2) Last week, after weeks of green bell peppers running $2 - $2.50 per pepper (what is that about?!), they went on sale for $0.98/pepper. I purchased eight peppers and as soon as they landed on my kitchen counter I started chopping, dicing, bagging, and freezing them for later. I ended up finding three more in the fresh drawer of the fridge that were on the edge of bad which I added to the chopped and diced piles for the freezers. Now I can be enjoying my $0.98 peppers when the price goes back up and I should be good on peppers until my own pepper plants start producing in the garden (which can't happen fast enough for me!).
Chopped bell peppers on the left (individual helpings inside the larger bag) and sliced peppers on the right
3) For several weeks now I've been waiting for the only brand of tortillas that we can eat (very low-carb, high in fiber and protein) to go on sale. Since I ran out of my last stash, I have purchased one pack a week at regular price (ack!) to tide us over until the next sale...which happened to be this week! I spent $25 at the grocery and came home with a whole sack of tortillas, plus cottage cheese and soy flour. And you know what? I don't need any other groceries for the week - which means I just spent well under my grocery budget! I understand that the "savings" this week is thwarted by the weeks that I went over budget by stocking up on the meat and other more expensive items, but when combined with a low week such as this, I'm hovering right around my target cost for groceries. Happy Dance!!
There are two more packages in the fridge that didn't make the photo shoot. ;-)
4) Finally, each week when I go to the store I look for the Managers Specials or Clearance stickers. Two weeks ago we scored big on some bags of peanuts on clearance (great snacks for both of us). This last week I snagged a cantaloupe for $0.99 as well as a whole pack of limes (which we cut up and put in our Diet Cokes or Sprite Zeros). I've been able to find half-gallons of milk on clearance for $1.21 - and since we're not drinking as much milk on this diet, a half-gallon is about all we need for making our sugar-free Jell-O pudding (which, of course, was on sale!). Even if I buy two of the half-gallons, it's still cheaper than the $2.99/gallon that they charge for milk. Highway robbery!